Get excited about garden fences!

Published: 11th May 2011
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These are a few of my favourite.....fences!

Wattle Fencing

Sensational looking fencing! Wattle fencing is a type of fence made of sticks that are woven together. A genuine traditional "hurdle" is made without the use of nails or any sawn parts. The hazel is split by hand, which retains the strength of the plant fibres, and is twisted around the end uprights every 4-5 inches, making a light yet strong fence panel.

Any panel with nails or sawn parts is a weak imitation and should be avoided - although they are considerably cheaper than the traditional panel. Wattle fencing is attractive as well as functional. It's a decorative fence that makes lovely use of natural resources and can add charm as well as security to your property.

Wattle fences are easy to make and cost almost nothing to build. These fence panels make attractive screens for garden or stately home. Woven from either hazel or willow to a traditional pattern, they bring a part of the countryside into your garden.

Wattle fencing is a superb choice if you want a totally natural and hand crafted fence.

Chain Link Fencing

Chain-Link fencing is right at the opposite end of the spectrum when compared to Wattle! Chain Link is a man-made "built for function" fence that is primarily installed for security. It requires no maintenance at all, as it is made from galvanised chain-link wire with galvanised posts which are concreted securely into the ground. It has a number of key advantages over solid fencing. It's much cheaper; it's very secure; it needs no maintenance and it has a life span of over 30 years.

Fencing Panels

Fencing Panels are a great favourite due to the ease of installation plus the fact that they are generally much cheaper than close board fencing. Panels also come in many different designs. From interwoven panels to those that resemble feather edge fencing; from straight top to shaped and curved tops - there's generally one design that will appeal. Fence panels can be fitted to timber or concrete posts - concrete posts having full length grooves so that new panels can be easily slid in from the top.

The biggest problem with fence panels is of variance in quality. Whilst reputable suppliers will charge say 30 plus per 1.8m high (6ft) panel, you can get them for less than half this price. But, panels from these budget suppliers are undoubtedly of a sub-standard quality and usually grossly over priced for what they are - and they don't last.

Closeboard/Featherboard Fencing

A great choice where looks and longevity are important. Closeboard fencing is far more versatile than panels. You can follow gradients and contours, go round obstacles, set out posts to avoid trees and obstructions etc

Fitting time is longer because you need to fit horizontal arris rails between the posts and then fix the individual featherboard pales. But the result is normally well worth it.

Close board is a strong and reliable form of fencing which will last a long time and if any repairs are ever needed, the costs are lower than with panels as you may need only to replace an individual pale.

Just watch out for close board in a long run, at the edge of a large garden where it follows the lie of the land - superb!

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