Fences for Landscaping
Fences are typically used around the perimeter of a property to keep the property safe from unwanted visitors, animals and to grant privacy. Some of the popular types include wood fence, chain link fence, vinyl fence,brick wall fence, aluminum fence, composite fence, bamboo fence and wrought iron fence. Fences are used to keep children and pets inside the property and prevent them from straying. These days fences have evolved from this basic purpose to much more versatile landscaping tools.
In this article, Edenapp will be discussing fences in detail – their types and designs, the materials used to construct them, how to build and maintain them and the various ways they can be used in a landscape. Read on to learn everything you need to know about fences in landscaping.
What are the Types of Fences?
Adding a fence around a property completes it and clearly delineates the space that belongs to the owner. But deciding which fence to install on a property is not an easy task as there are multiple options to choose from. Choosing the right fence depends on various factors like the budget, fence material, the purpose of the fence and any homeowner’s association regulations one might have to abide by.
Edenapp brings you ten types of fences so that you can choose the one that fits your needs and property the best.
- Wood Fence: Wooden fences are some of the most popular types of fence installations across the U.S. and Canada. They provide good security, privacy, noise reduction and a warm rustic look to the property. The price of wooden fences depends on the type of wood used. Pressure-treated pine is a less expensive option for wooden fences, and cedar and redwood fences are more expensive, but they can outlast the cheaper options and do not need to be replaced for over twenty years. The choice of material for wooden fences depends on the region where you live; choose a material that will be able to endure the local conditions. Wooden fences require maintenance to increase their lifespan. They need to be sealed or stained to protect them from the elements and pests like termites.
- Chain Link Fence: Chain link fence, like the name suggests, is made of links of galvanized steel that are twisted and then fixed to upright poles made of galvanized iron, mild steel or concrete. While it may not look the most elegant, it is a good budget-friendly option, especially if you have pets you want to keep inside and other animals you want to keep outside your property. Chain link fences do not provide a lot of privacy by themselves as the links are see-through, but you can grow vines on them or shrubs along their edges to grant a bit of cover and add to the aesthetics of your property at the same time. Chain link fences are easier to install than most other types of fences, durable, and require no maintenance.
- Vinyl Fence: Vinyl fences are made of a plastic-based material that is resilient. It is available in the form of pre-assembled panels and easy-to-install kits. It gives the ‘white picket fence’ look once installed but is known to be sturdier. Vinyl fences are elegant and add to the curb appeal of a property and can be used for privacy, security, aesthetics, garden or farm fencing. They are durable and can last for years with little maintenance as they are resistant to changes in climate and weather. They just need to be hosed down or washed with a household cleaner, and they will look as good as new. The only downside to these fences is that they belong on the higher side of the price range and are a bit more expensive than most fences on this list.
- Brick Wall Fence: Brick wall fences have been used for ages and are probably one of the oldest forms of fencing. They give a classic look to a property and provide privacy, security and noise obstruction and are perfect for residential properties located in busy areas. They are also used for commercial properties and institutions for security purposes. Brick wall fences are extremely durable and are resistant to fire and water damage. The downside of this type of fence is that they are permanent installations and cannot be transferred if you move houses.
- Aluminum Fence: Aluminum fences are a good option if you want the aesthetics of a wrought iron fence for a lower price. They are easy to install and do not require much maintenance; they just need to be painted the desired color at the time of installation, and you can remain hands-free after that. They are low maintenance and are easy to clean. Aluminum fences do not provide a lot of security as aluminum is lightweight and therefore not a very strong metal. They can be easily bent when children are playing or due to the activity of pets or any other animals. Aluminum fences can withstand damp and humid conditions and therefore will last a long time if they are not impacted with force.
- Composite Fence: Composite fences are made of a resin or plastic base that is mixed with heavyweight recycled wood fibers. This type of fencing offers the look of natural wood but is more durable than wood fences due to its mixed composition. Therefore, there is no worry of wear and tear due to changes in weather conditions. They can be used to provide privacy and security while adding to the aesthetics of the property at the same time. They are good for residential, garden and farm fencing. Due to their durability, composite fences are a bit more expensive than most other fences.
- Bamboo Fence: Bamboo fences are available as cane rolls or panels and are a good eco-friendly option for fencing. They are mostly used as partitions in a yard or as fences around the yard. To provide more security, they can be combined with other types of fences like a mesh panel. They provide a beautiful natural look to the yard, and since bamboo grows rapidly and in abundance, they really are an environmentally friendly option. They are best suited for warm climates and for regions that don’t receive a lot of rain as they tend to rot when exposed to too much water. Bamboo fences are not permanent and can be easily replaced if you want to change the aesthetic of your yard. They are also not expensive to install.
- Wrought Iron Fence: Wrought iron fences give a classic and traditional look with tall iron stakes and little ornaments on top. They are very elegant, and since iron is a heavy metal, it is malleable and can be used to form a variety of designs. Wrought iron fences are sturdy and therefore provide security, but they are not a good option if you want privacy as the stakes are placed pretty far apart, making the fence see-through. Iron is a metal susceptible to rust. Therefore these fences require regular maintenance like yearly sanding and painting to keep them looking good and functional. They are more expensive than most other fences as the cost keeps adding up with additions like ornamentation on top of the stakes and a matching gate, but with proper maintenance, wrought iron fences can last for years.
- Barbed Wire Fence: Barbed wire fences are made by twisting two galvanized steel wires together, and then wire barbs are wound around these wires at regular intervals. These are attached to precast concrete posts or wooden stakes. It is not an attractive fencing option and is mostly used to prevent animals from straying onto the property from outside or to keep cattle or other thick-skinned animals within the property limits. The barbs deter people or animals from entering the property as they can be painful if they scratch the body. But they are not foolproof as they cannot be constructed too tall, and their effectiveness depends on the tension in the twisted wires. If the wires lose tension, it becomes easier to push them apart and make space to enter.
- Living Fence: Living fences are created by growing natural elements like trees, shrubs and bushes close together at the edge of the property. This can be done in two ways. For smaller properties, a wire fence can be used as a frame to grow shrubs and vines against in a way that covers the entire fence creating a beautiful natural-looking fence that provides privacy and security at the same time. For larger properties, trees can be grown at the edge of the property in a way that they cover the edge of the property and rise to a certain height. Shrubs and bushes can be planted in between the trees to provide complete coverage. These kinds of fences are living and environmentally friendly. They are a good source of oxygen and clean air for the property.
What are the types of Fence Design?
Fences are available in various styles, and it can be difficult to pick the style that suits one’s property aesthetics the best. Fences are typically categorized by the privacy they offer, how functional they are and their decorative qualities. Edenapp brings you the various types of fence designs based on the above-mentioned qualities so you can pick the right one for you.
- The Classic White Picket Fence: When it comes to fences, it cannot get more classic than the traditional white picket fence. It gives a feeling of warm belonging and has symbolized the American Dream for ages. This attractive design has evolved from wooden stakes to vinyl which has more resilience. PVC white picket fences are also available these days, and they are cheaper alternatives to vinyl fences. The look of these fences can be enhanced by planting colorful flowers near them so that the plants fill in the slits and overflow from the gaps, creating a stunning natural look. They are also available in various styles these days with wooden or vinyl posts with end caps placed equidistantly to add to make the fence look grander. Some homeowners also add a matching white arbor at the entryway to complete the look. These fences are a good decorative and functional option as they can keep pets inside and other animals outside while improving the visuals of the property. The privacy they provide depends on the height to which they are installed. White picket fences are generally not very tall, so they might not offer a lot of privacy.
- Lattice Fence: Lattice panels are made of wood, metal or vinyl slats criss crossing each other to create a lattice pattern. This panel is fit into a frame at the top and bottom to provide stability to the structure. Lattice fences are versatile and can be used separately or as additions to other fences. Separately, they can be used as garden fences, allowing plants and flowers to grow in between the lattices to add color and life to the fences. They can be added to the top or bottom of board on board fences to provide variety and allow more air and light into the property. When creating an arbor at the entryway, lattice panels can be added to the sides to create a barrier and prevent plants from growing into the entryway, as well as to complete the look of the arbor. Lattice fences can provide privacy, have decorative qualities and are good functional fences.
- Split Rail Fence: Split rail fences have been around for many centuries. They were primarily used on large properties to keep livestock within the property limits, and some of these fences can still be found on historically old properties. Split rail fences are made of long, rough-hewn timber that is threaded through holes made in round and heavy wooden posts for stability. The traditional fence arrangement does not require nails or other hardware for construction. In the current age, split rail fences have evolved from farm and ranch use to fences for large properties, especially ones that have irregular terrain. Split rail fences are mainly made of cedar, yellow pine, locust and composite wood. They are used for functional and decorative purposes and do not offer much privacy.
- Board on Board Fence: Board on board fences are created particularly for privacy by placing overlapping boards on top of a common frame or rail. The first layer of boards has 6-inch wide wooden boards that are placed side by side on the rail with a gap of about an inch and a half between each slat. The second layer has boards that are 4 inches wide each and are placed behind the first layer, covering the gap of the first layer. This mitigates the gap that can occur due to shrinkage between the boards of the first layer, thus maintaining long-lasting privacy. Board fences are generally finished with a top cap which is a horizontal board laid on the top edge of the fence. Wooden boards can suffer damage due to moisture, and the edges are particularly susceptible to this. Therefore, the top cap provides protection by preventing any kind of moisture from seeping into the boards. The decorative qualities of these fences can be enhanced by combining the board fence with a lattice fence at the top.
- Shadowbox Fence: A shadowbox fence is another privacy fence, similar in construction to board on board fences. The difference between the two is that board on board fences have overlapping boards on the same side of the fence rail or a common fence rail, while in shadowbox fences, the pickets are placed on either side of the fence rail. This creates a gap and shadow between the two sides leading to the name shadowbox. Shadowbox fences are designed to let in more light and air to the property and are typically used by homeowners who don’t like their properties to be completely shut in, while still valuing their privacy. The decorative qualities of this fence are enhanced by incorporating gothic, french gothic and dog-ear styles, which are common for this type of fencing.
- Stone Fence: Stone fences have been used to mark perimeter lines for many centuries now and are an even older form of fencing than split rail fences. They can be constructed with natural stone or with stone veneer depending on the requirement, aesthetic and budget of the property owner. They add a classic and traditional touch to any property. Stone fences are versatile and can be used in combination with other fences as well. A wrought iron fence can be added on top of a low stone wall to create improved visuals with two fence elements, or wooden slats can be placed between stone posts to add more texture to the fence. Another option is to add lighting fixtures on top of the stone posts with wrought iron fencing in between. The possibilities are really endless. Stone fences are functional and decorative. The amount of privacy they can provide depends on the type of stone fence involved. For example, a complete stone wall fence or stone posts with wooden slats in between will provide more privacy than a low stone wall with iron fencing on top.
- Custom Contemporary Fence: These fences have no fixed structure and therefore defy description. Many property owners are custom designing fences for their properties to meet their exact requirements, color scheme, and aesthetics in recent years. One of the most common features in these contemporary fence designs is horizontal wooden boards. These may be attached to a metal frame at the back and spaced so as to give privacy but also allow the people living in the property some amount of view of what’s happening beyond the fence. Another contemporary fence design incorporates frosted glass panels inside a wooden frame. This allows the property to receive natural light while still having privacy. The design possibilities in these types of fences are limitless. So, just put on your creative hat and create one for yourself if you are not satisfied with any of the tried and tested designs.
What are the types of Fence Material?
The concept of fencing to mark perimeter lines has been around for ages, and throughout this time, many different types of materials have been used to construct fences. In the current era, there are more options than ever before.
The right choice of fence material will depend on the style preference, budget and requirements of the property owner. Therefore, Edenapp brings you all types of fence materials, so you can choose the one that is right for you.
- Wood: Wood is a classic fencing material and gives an elegant look no matter the style. The most common types of wood used in these fences are cedar, teak and redwood. While premium wood can be expensive, wood fencing is still cheaper than other fencing materials like vinyl and masonry. Another wood fence that is quickly becoming popular is the bamboo fence as bamboo grows rapidly and therefore is a good eco-friendly and affordable option not just for yard fencing but also to create partitions in the yard. Based on the type of fence constructed, wood fences can be used for privacy, decorative, functional or a combination of these purposes. For example, board on board fences are used for privacy; white picket fences are mostly used for decorative purposes, while split rail fences are used for functional purposes. Board on board fences or shadowbox fences can be combined with lattice fences to meet all three requirements – privacy, functional and decorative. Wood fences require regular maintenance as they tend to rot or get warped due to constant exposure to changes in weather conditions. Proper maintenance like painting or staining them every year will extend their life and allow them to be functional for a couple of decades. Natural wood is resistant to decay due to insects and does not shrink or warp. But it is susceptible to moisture in the ground.
- Treated Wood: Chemical or pressure-treated wood is a cheaper alternative to real wood. It is resistant to decay due to both moisture and insects, unlike natural wood, but it tends to warp faster when exposed to constant changes in weather conditions. Edenapp recommends picking out the wood panels by yourself instead of having them delivered to your property as this way you can avoid installing the ones that look damp or green and can pick only the straightest planks. This will give you the best chance at installing a warp-free fence.
- Vinyl: Vinyl is the star of all fencing materials. It is plastic-based, highly resilient and requires little to no maintenance after installation. It is available in a variety of styles like post and rail fences, semi-privacy and privacy fences and is available in different heights. Vinyl is a hard-wearing material and therefore does not splinter, split or warp easily. Vinyl fences are expensive, but if you have the budget for them, you should definitely consider them because these fences can last up to 20 to 30 years. The only maintenance they require is frequent washing down with water or cleaning with a household cleaner to remove any dust or stains. Vinyl fences require precise installation. Therefore Edenapp recommends consulting a professional for this.
- Composite: Composite material is a combination of manufactured wood fibers and a plastic or resin base. It is created to resemble wood while offering the durability and resistance of plastic. Unlike pure wood, composite material is not susceptible to decay, insects, shrinking or warping. Due to these qualities, composite materials can be a bit more expensive to install than vinyl and cedarwood fences, but that also depends on the type of composite material you buy. The price range of composite material fences varies widely, and they are available in many styles. Therefore, Edenapp recommends doing thorough research of all your available options and then buying the fence from a reputable dealer. Like vinyl, composite material fences also require professional experience for installation.
- Metal: Metal fencing styles range from the classic wrought iron fences to the contemporary cast iron, steel and aluminum fences. Metal fences can be used as ornamental fencing as metal is malleable, and various designs and shapes can be created from it. Though, this also depends on the types of metal, as iron is heavier and more malleable than aluminum and therefore has more design possibilities. The security level provided by these three metal fences is also different as iron is a sturdy material and remains functional for years, while aluminum bends easily on impact. Steel fences provide the best of both worlds as they are stronger than aluminum but also not as expensive as wrought iron fences. The maintenance requirements of aluminum fences are the lowest as powder-coated aluminum is not as susceptible to rust as iron and steel fences are. Therefore steel and iron fences need to be treated with a rust-inhibiting application every time they display signs of corrosion. Based on the mentioned qualities, homeowners can choose to install the metal fence that will suit their needs the best. For example, if you don’t have active children and energetic pets playing in your yard, then you can install an aluminum fence instead of spending more on a wrought iron fence unless you want the specific aesthetic.
- Masonry: Masonry materials include concrete, brick, block, stone and stucco. These materials are perfect for fencing a classic or stately property. They are expensive to install, but they can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and, therefore, might be well worth the price if one is looking for a permanent fence. Many homeowners like to combine other fencing materials like metal and wood to a masonry fence, whether due to cost or aesthetic reasons. These masonry materials are versatile and complement other materials well to enhance the look of the property. Masonry fences require professional experience to install as complex footings and supports need to be taken care of to ensure structural stability. The heavy nature of these materials will cause the ground to sink or the fence to collapse if not constructed properly.
- Chain Link: Chain link fencing is made of galvanized steel wire interlinked with each other to create what is called chain link fabric. This is one of the most affordable, low maintenance and durable options available for fences. Though it looks utilitarian, it serves well as a functional fence to keep pets and children safe inside the property and also helps in keeping unwanted animals like raccoons and coyotes away. If you want to enhance the look of this fence without spending too much, you can grow some shrubs and vines against the fence to cover up the chain link. Chain link fabrics are available in a height range of 3 feet to 12 feet and in rolls that are 10 feet or 50 feet long. You can choose the mesh size and the wire thickness (or gauge) you want; the smaller the gauge number of the fabric is, the heavier the wire will be. Chain links are available with a black or green vinyl coating that makes them more resistant to corrosion.
- Barbed Wire: Barbed wire fences are only used for functional purposes, mostly in rural areas, as their use is banned in most communities. They are made of galvanized steel wires intertwined with each other and stretched to attach to metal poles or wooden posts on both sides. Pointed barbs are attached equidistantly on this stretch of wire. These are used to keep livestock inside the property while keeping predators out of it. Since it is affordable, it can be used to fence large areas without hurting the wallet of the property owner. The stretched wires might lose tension after a while and start to sag, so they might need to be restretched from time to time to maintain their effectiveness.
What are the Landscaping Ideas for Fences recommended by Professionals?
Fences are very versatile and can be used in various styles and purposes. Fences can be used for other areas apart from the perimeter of your property. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Read on to find out Edenapp’s recommended landscaping ideas for fences.
- Fences for Decks: Patios and raised decks can be surrounded by fences that match with aesthetics of the house itself. For example, if the house has white trim, then a white picket fence or wooden stakes that are painted white can be installed at the perimeter of the deck or the patio. This will create a beautiful and cohesive look while making the patio area stand out.
- Pergola Fence Topper: The look of plain wooden board fencing can be enhanced by adding a pergola at the top of the fence. This can be done by extending the posts of the wooden fence to support the pergola that will be constructed above. To improve this look further, a lattice fence can be installed on top of the fence in the space between the pergola and the top edge of the fence line. This will create a beautiful layered look while still allowing natural light and air to enter the property.
- Pool Fencing: If you’re planning to add a pool to your property or have an existing pool without segregation, then Edenapp recommends adding a fence to separate the pool area from the rest of your landscape. This doubles up as a safety measure if you have kids on your property while also sectioning the different aspects of your landscape.
- Privacy Screen Fencing: If you have a wide and open yard, then adding some fencing to seating areas and arbors can give a sense of privacy and intimacy to these spaces. For arbors, you can surround them with trellis or lattice fences and then let vines or shrubs grow in between the spaces and along the frame. This will give the space a natural and woody look while creating a balance between the wooden and green elements of your landscape. For seating areas or benches, you can surround them on three sides with a foldable or still fence like a privacy screen. Make sure these fences are not solid and have gaps in between with intricate designs so that the space does not feel claustrophobic and the fence does not look out of place.
- Entryway Arbors: Entryway arbors can be added to any type of fencing – wooden, masonry, metal, vinyl, etc., and they immediately enhance the look of your yard. You can add an arbor with stone or wooden posts. Top this with beautiful and dense vines, and you will have a look straight of a woodland fairytale! They add freshness to your property right from the entrance and are guaranteed to lift the spirits and add a smile to the face of anyone who visits your property.
- Planting Along Fences: Privacy fences, whether in the backyard or front yard, can look harsh and stark without the right transition between your lawn and the fence. To soften this look, you can plant a flower bed next to your fence or add vines and shrubs to your fence. This will add a touch of color, greenery and life to your fence and make it blend in better with the rest of your beautiful landscape. If you have a fence with gaps in between the metal stakes or wooden slats, you can allow plants to grow in between these gaps. This will add more privacy to your landscape while diminishing the sterile and stern feeling that a metal fence can produce, making your landscape look warm and welcoming.
What are the uses of the Fences?
Fences have various purposes – safety, privacy, decoration, etc., and when deciding to install a fence, homeowners need to consider what they want to achieve by installing a fence. If careful consideration is not given before installation, then it could lead to unsatisfactory results that will prove expensive to fix.
Therefore, Edenapp has curated a list of the various uses of fences so that homeowners can have a clear picture and choose a fence that will fulfill their needs. Fences are versatile; let’s see the many aspects they can be used for.
- Safety and Security: Fences are designed to provide safety and security to the people living inside their bounds. They prevent children and pets from straying outside, keeping them safe inside the property limits. Fences offer peace of mind to homeowners, knowing that the little ones cannot run off on a whim. Fences also offer security against unwanted strangers entering your property and against wild animals like raccoons and coyotes. There is no place that is not plagued by crime. Fences offer a degree of protection against trespassers and intruders, keeping you and your family safe.
- Privacy: Outdoor spaces are increasingly being considered an extension of indoor spaces, and therefore the term ‘outdoor living spaces’ is gaining more traction day by day. For this reason, homeowners value privacy in their yards as well so that they have the freedom to relax and spend time outdoors with their loved ones without the prying eyes of the neighbors on them. No one wants to worry about someone outside eavesdropping on a private conversation happening inside their property. Fences can be installed to provide privacy in both the front and backyards. There are special privacy fences for this use, and they will block off your property from outside eyes. If you still like to have a certain amount of natural light and airflow on your property, you can choose the level of privacy you want. Fences that offer semi-privacy are available for this purpose.
- Establishing Boundaries: Without a fence to clearly define your property lines, it can be difficult to prevent people from walking on your lawn or your neighbors and their visitors from straying onto your property during parties and gatherings at their place. This can even create disputes with the neighbors. Fences are the solution to this as they clearly establish boundaries. They are a sign to strangers of where the private property begins. They will also provide a clear division between your property and your neighbor’s, thus preventing unnecessary disputes and granting you peace of mind.
- Noise Obstruction: If you live on a busy street with restaurants and shops nearby or if your neighbor is fond of throwing loud parties frequently, then you might want to consider installing a fence to buffer some of that noise. If you want to install a fence for the primary purpose of blocking noise, then there are specialty fences available that are foam-filled, and they can absorb a major portion of the noise. This will prevent a headache and help you relax on your property.
- Pool Safety: Pool safety is a major concern among homeowners, especially those who have small children. Establishing a fence around your pool, especially one with a latch or a lock will ensure that the pool area can be accessed only when you want it to be. This will keep the little children safe and away from any kind of water. If you have pets, then a safety fence around your pool will keep your pets from straying onto the area and into your pool when you are not watching.
- Hiding Trash Cans: Trash cans are unsightly on any property, and they can affect the perfect appearance of the landscape that you have worked hard for and invested time and money in creating. A fence can be used to hide this area of your landscape so that the rest of your outdoor space remains unaffected by the presence of the trash cans. Another added advantage of constructing a fence around your refuse area is that it will keep the pests out of the trash.
- Curb Appeal: Fences don’t just have a utilitarian purpose; they can also increase the curb appeal of the property if the correct fence is installed. Therefore, when installing a fence, pay careful attention to the design and type of the fence and make sure it complements and enhances the look of the rest of the property. A property with a good-looking fence that provides privacy and security will also increase the market price of the property as potential buyers value these qualities.
How to maintain your Fences?
The maintenance of a fence depends on which type of fence you have installed in your yard. Every type of fence constructed with a different material has different maintenance requirements to keep it functional for a long time.
- Maintaining a Wood Fence: If you have a wood fence installed in your yard, seal it with a stain or paint right after installation. If you have installed a pressure or chemical treated wood fence, wait for four to six weeks after installation so that the treated wood has enough time to dry and then seal it. This will make it resistant to moisture and prevent decay. Ensure that all the water from your sprinklers is directed away from the fence, as constant moisture will make the fence rot faster. Inspect the fence for any damage or splinters every month and fix it immediately so that the damage does not become bigger.
- Maintaining a Metal Fence: The main enemy of metal fences is rust. While powder-coated aluminum fences are resistant to rust to a certain degree, steel and iron fences are not; in fact, iron fences are the most susceptible to rust. To maintain metal or ornamental fences, keep them safe from humidity and moisture by ensuring vines are not creeping onto the fence and sprinklers are directed away from the fence. Wash the fence with soapy water every time you see dirt settling on it and inspect for rust spots regularly. Wash from the bottom of the fence to the top and then back down for maximum cleaning with reduced dripping. Small spots can be scrubbed away using a cleaning brush before they have a chance to penetrate and become bigger. For bigger sections of rust that cannot be cleaned, use sandpaper or a fine wire brush to scrub the rust off and rinse the area with a nonionic detergent. Apply a rust converter to these sections after carefully reading the application instructions given on the label. Follow this with an application of an oil-based primer and finish off with a coat of oil-based paint.
- Maintaining a Vinyl Fence: Vinyl fences are the easiest to maintain as they are not susceptible to rust, decay and insects or have paint that can peel off or fade. The only maintenance they require is regular hosing down with a garden hose to remove dust. Spray the hose from the bottom of the fence to the top and then back down to ensure the entire fence is clean. If there are any stains on the fence, they can be cleaned with a sponge and soapy water. If there are living stains due to algae, then you need to kill the algae to remove the stain. A diluted solution of water and chlorine bleach can be used for this purpose. If you want a more household method, you can use white vinegar mixed with water and some elbow grease to remove the stain.
- Maintaining a Stone Fence: Stone fences are extremely durable and do not require a lot of maintenance if proper care and consideration are given during installation. The only kind of maintenance this fence requires is resealing the mortar that might become loose after a few years.
How to build a Fence?
Installing a fence in your yard requires a lot of time and effort if you are doing it yourself. Therefore it is important to understand the steps involved in the process to make sure your project is successful. Edenapp brings you a step-by-step guide on how to build a fence Familiarize yourself with the entire process before you begin the work.
- Check the local building codes and be sure of your property lines
- Decide which type of fence you want to install
- Measure and mark the layout of your fence
- Have all the tools you’ll require at hand
- Dig holes for the posts and set them
- Install the rails to the posts
- Attach pickets to the rails
- Attach Post Caps to the Fence Posts
- Treat the Wood to Protect It
Since this is a wood fence, you need to treat the wood with a stain or paint to seal it and protect it from moisture. If you are using pressure or chemical-treated wood, then you’ll need to wait for four to six weeks after installation for the wood to be completely dry before using a sealant.
What is the Importance of Fences in Landscaping?
If you have a beautifully created and maintained landscape, then installing a fence will benefit your landscape in various ways. Given below are the various important reasons to install a fence for your landscape.
- Protection for your Landscape: The creation and maintenance of a landscape involve the investment of time, money and effort, and no one wants all this hard work to go down the drain because someone plucked the beautiful annuals or wild animals entered the property and started munching on the leaves and the produce in your garden area. Fences provide protection for your landscape against intruders and wild animals and protect your investment.
- Clear Property Lines: Fences help in establishing clear property lines, and this is particularly helpful when certain weeds or creeping plants from your neighbor’s landscape start invading your property. When the trees shed their leaves during the fall season, a fence will ensure a clear division of responsibility regarding raking the leaves as there will be no confusion about the individual property limits.
- Increases the Aesthetics of your Property: A well-chosen fence will certainly enhance the appearance of any property as today there are many styles and types to choose from. You can even customize the fence to match the aesthetics of your property, as the fencing possibilities are endless these days. A good fence will increase the curb appeal of your property and therefore increase its resale value if you ever wish to move houses.
If you are interested in installing a fence on your property, the landscape maintenance experts of Edenapp will be happy to assist you in choosing the style and type of fence you need after understanding your vision and requirements. Edenapp will also install the fence on your property with equipment and skill you can trust and offer advice on maintaining the fence correctly to extend its life. Contact Edenapp for more information.
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