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Fencing can do much more than simply mark the boundaries of your garden. It has many practical uses including increasing privacy, creating shade or screening an area but it can also be a design feature that adds character, colour and even make your garden appear larger.
Fencing can transform your outdoor space both visually and practically so knowing exactly what you need your fence to do will help you choose the right style.
If security is a key consideration, heavy‐duty closeboard panels are a good option. They’re densely packed and framed all round for increased strength. Look for panels with extra vertical battens. Fencing with lightly framed additions to the top, such as a small top trellis, can also deter potential intruders and increase privacy.
To avoid an enclosed feeling, choose a fence that you can see through or over. Trellis topped fencing can add interest to your garden, provide a great backdrop for climbing plants and even create the illusion of space by drawing the eye towards the distance. As they also let wind pass through, there’s less chance of wind damage.
Trellis fence panels can be used in conjunction with fencing products or as dividers on their own. They’re ideal for climbing plants and can be used as a privacy panel. Low-level fences are an attractive way to define an area or mark a boundary without creating unwanted shade or hiding a great view.
Whatever you want to create, you don’t necessarily need to have the same fencing throughout. You could choose a decorative look for the front of your home and a different style for the back or other areas.
For a smooth finish, opt for planed timber instead of rough‐sawn. Machined and planed pressure‐treated boards have a smoother surface while sawn panels give a more rustic look.
There are many ways to integrate your fencing with its surroundings. Climbing or potted plants are a good choice for natural detail and added colour.
A simple way to add interest to a traditional fence is by topping it with a contrasting panel like a trellis, arched top or slatted screen design.
Wood fences may require occasional staining or sealing. If you want to limit the amount of retreatment needed, choose timber that’s already been finished with a factory‐applied surface treatment. It’s also worth checking the extent and longevity of the treatment guarantee. For maximum life and durability, look for wood that has been pressure‐treated.View all Garden Timbercare
If you need a gate or other entrance in your fencing, make sure it’s wide enough for your lawnmower, garden furniture or anything else you may need to take through.View all Gates
If you’re unsure about who owns what or which side of the fence you're responsible for, check your deeds to find out if there are any boundary agreements.
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