Fence Choice Tips For Gardeners

Garden fences are more than just a barrier; they are also an ornament and a tool in the yard. The best fences serve multiple purposes and will help your garden both look nicer and grow better. The following are key points to consider before investing in your next fence.

#1: Are animal pests a problem?

If the answer is yes, then you need a fence that can keep them out. Small pests that don't climb, like skunks and rabbits, are simple to keep out with a relatively low fence. Aim for at least 2 feet tall, and bury an additional foot of fencing below ground so the pests can't dig beneath. Deer require more sturdy fencing. Fences need to be taller than a deer can jump, so usually a minimum of 8 feet. You can opt for a shorter fence of 6 feet if you construct it so it slants outward. This stops deer since they can jump high but not wide. Wire fencing is usually used for deer fencing, but you can use any fencing material of your choice and then extend it with wire deer panels at the top.

#2:Do you need plant support?

Fences can provide support for some of your favorite climbing vines or tall plants. For example, hollyhocks tend to grow tall and fall over, but you can tie them to a fence behind them to maintain a neat row. Or, train your garden tomatoes up a fence. Even ornamental vines, such as climbing roses or clematis, look lovely climbing a fence. Opt for an easy-to-climb fence, such as lattice panels, wrought iron bars, or pickets if you want the fence for both a barrier and support. If animals are an issue, you can attach wire panels to the back of the fence so they can't get in between the widely spaced fence supports.

#3: Is wind a problem?

Sometimes the problem isn't animals or privacy, but strong winds. If winds keep flattening your garden plants, consider installing some windbreak fencing. Wooden fences work especially well for this, but they will need some regular upkeep (such as painting or staining) to always look their best. Vinyl fencing provides a low-maintenance alternative. Even better, most vinyl fences are designed to look like wood, but they come in a variety of colors and finishes. Wood and vinyl fencing works well for keeping most animals out, although you may need to bury a wire barrier along the perimeter for digging animals. You will also have to use separate trellises for any climbing plants.

Contact a fencing company to find out what kind of fence is right for you.