How to choose the right fencing for your garden
By John Brennan, 22/07/2022
Boundaries can make or break a garden, but all too often fences are selected with only their practical purpose in mind, with the aesthetic appeal of fencing being frequently overlooked.
But how do you ensure you choose the right fence? Here are some factors to consider…
Front or back garden?
The first aspect to consider when choosing the right fencing for your garden is whether it will be used for the front or back garden. This might sound like a trivial detail, but the location will naturally dictate the height and style of fence you choose. Generally speaking, front gardens have shorter fences which are more inviting, and back gardens have higher fences to protect privacy.
Maintenance will vary depending on material
Your fence is going to be exposed to the elements all year long, so that means bearing the brunt of high winds, heavy downpours, sunny spells, and the occasional bit of snow. To keep your fence in tip-top condition, it will require occasional maintenance, and this will vary depending on the material you opt for. Metal fencing won’t need much, but wooden panelling will need to be treated with varnish or oil and given a lick of paint every once in a while.
Whose fence is it anyway?
Before you start tearing down fences and spending money on something new, it’s a good idea to find out who the fence belongs to in the first place - you or your neighbour. The answer to where your boundary lies can be found in your property deeds, but we’d always advise being neighbourly and speaking to your neighbour first before you undergo any work. It’s also important to remember that any fence over two metres tall (or one metre by the roadside) will require planning permission.
Pets and children
Another consideration for choosing the right fence is whether or not you have any children or pets. If you do, metal fencing with gaps, trellis fencing or woven wooden fencing may not be suitable. Instead, you’ll want to opt for something sturdier, like overlapping fence panels or closeboard fencing.
If you’d like to go for something slightly different and choose a fencing option that is kind to the environment and naturally blends in with the rest of your garden, you can plant a green wall or hedge. If you do opt for a hedge to separate your garden from your neighbour’s, you’ll need to consult them first to ensure they’re on board and you’re in agreement about who will trim it.
If you’d like some more advice on how to choose the right fencing for your garden, contact us to book a free consultation.