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Every wooden fence has a lifespan and that can, unfortunately, be shortened by a number of factors. If the fence has been damaged by the elements, or an errant football, or has been in constant and direct contact with the soil, things may rot earlier than expected. Repair is possible. Fence repair If a whole section of the panel is rotten, try easing it away from the supporting posts using a crowbar. Gently open up a gap between the post and panel to expose any nails. Then you can simply

A fence panel isn’t complete without a sturdy gravel board. They protect the panel from moisture rising from the soil and will help retain aggregates stay in the garden. You cannot forget about them when putting up a fence. Gravel board – why bother? You can erect a fence without gravel boards. You can, of course, have a wish to replace that fence earlier than you otherwise do! Even when a wooden fence has a guarantee against rot, it will quickly get damaged either physically from stones and errant mowers

Go for chunky, solid, well made gates for years of easy access. Never skimp when buying your gate as it is the one piece of the garden that potentially is being opened, shut, slammed and swung on for years. Quality is the key to a successful gate. Choosing the right gate If you are buying a brand new gate, choose carefully to ensure it matches existing fencing or property. The 5-bar gate is a classic gate and well suited to estates, large driveways and country style properties. Side gates are

Adding trellis to existing fencing Often, people are looking for a way to increase the height of their existing fence, whether it be the presence of new neighbours or a move into a new home. Adding trellis is the ideal solution to add height to your fencing without creating an ugly solid boundary. Trellis can be used to allow climbing plants to grow into the fence which can create an attractive garden addition as well as being practical. Purely decorative or solidly practical, trellis is the mainstay of many garden walls

To paint a fence may sound like a long and tedious job but forget slapdash and do it properly – your fence will thank you for it. Your fence may need a simple spruce up or a complete colour change, but the principles are the same. Do it properly and the result will last for years. Slap a dollop of paint all willy-nilly over your fence and it will look a mess, annoy the neighbours and you’ll be doing it all over again next year. It’s your choice! Sprightly new

A rotten fence doesn’t have to mean a broken garden dream – simply get it fixed. Wooden fences and posts eventually rot or even snap in strong winds. And if your panels are sagging, slumping or are a holey disgrace then it’s easy to sort. Checking for damage Fence-fit check ups Make checking your fences a part of your weekly gardening routine. A quick waggle of the posts and visual inspection of the panels will spot trouble before it becomes a bigger job. After all, a 6×6 panel strewn on

Fencing is the most popular way to mark a boundary and compared to a wall it is much cheaper and easier to erect. It’s a cost effective and an easy to install option for your outdoor space. It may seem difficult to build but it is actually quite an easy job – all you need is a helper, a few simple tools and basic DIY skills. Fencing has many uses in the garden – keeping your pets and children secure, enclosing your garden for privacy or to just create a

As the summer holidays approach, as a parent you are probably looking for ideas to stave off the inevitable ‘I’m bored’ statement for as long as possible. Gardening with children is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and have fun together. We spoke with Victoria Myhill at Budding Gardeners to get her ideas on what to do this summer and fun ways to get children gardening. The post below has been provided by Victoria. 10 great ways to get kids into gardening 1. Write a food diary

There are all sorts of reasons for adding a gate to a garden fence. You might want to let your children get into next door’s garden to play with their friends. Perhaps your newly landscaped garden has a new path. Whatever the reason, adding a new garden gate can be easily done without much hassle or expense. A step by step guide to installing a gate 1. Pick your spot Think through exactly how the gate is going to be used. Pay close attention to things on either side of the

Sheds, fences, pergolas, arbours, trellises and even playhouses are all great things to have in a garden. But the wind, rain, snow and sunshine all take their toll and what looked like a shiny new addition to your garden can end up looking worn out and dilapidated if you don’t maintain it. Maintaining garden structures is a necessary chore. Any gardener who has ever ripped out a decrepit old fence or shed will think wistfully that it would have been far easier and cheaper to maintain it properly. Looking after

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