Choosing a Fence From a Garden Centre
There are so many different types of fencing these days that it can get a little confusing when you get to the garden centre and see such a wide array.
You’re likely to have some sort of idea of the type of fence you’re looking for. If you don’t, then do have a think about your needs. At first thought it may seem like all you need is a simple fence, but when you think about it more thoroughly you may realise your needs are more complicated than that.
You should think about whether your fence is for decoration, or is it for security or privacy? A small picket fence might look pretty, but it won’t keep the neighbours kids from kicking a football into your garden for example.
Fence panels are very popular these days. They are usually pretty good value and they are quite easy to install. Once you have fence panels in, it’s an easy job to replace one if it becomes damaged. You simply lift it out and drop in the new one. However, when you’re choosing fence panels, one thing to bear in mind is that the more decorative and unusual panels you choose, the harder they may be to replace in the future. Of course there are plenty in the shop now, but if one breaks in a gale in a few years time, will you be able to get a panel the same to replace it? Or are you going to end up with one odd panel in your fence! Some panel types remain fairly constant, such as a plain panel, a panel with a lattice section at the top or a panel that is entirely lattice. You could buy any of these and be fairly safe in the knowledge that you’ll be able to get a pretty closely matched replacement at any point in the future. We all know to buy some extra tiles when we’re tiling, in case of breakages, but it’s a bit trickier to store some spare fence panels, so it’s worth bearing in mind.
Security is a big consideration. You may want a solid fence to stop people seeing your expensive garden equipment and children’s toys. You may think this a good way to deter opportunistic thieves. However, if your garden is entirely private, then you may be providing the perfect environment for a burglar to break into your home, entirely unobserved. It’s well worth thinking about. A lattice fence can give you that boundary you need, while also offering a clear view into your garden. A thief could easily be spotted and may be less likely to attempt to burgle you, but you are sacrificing your privacy.
If you want to grow plants up your fence, then some will be more suitable than others. Ask the staff at the garden centre for their recommendations. If you’re growing climbing plants, such as Clematis or Sweet Peas, then a trellis fence might be your best option.
Don’t forget your tools. If your garden centre sells fences then they should be able to sell you the tools to help you put your fence on. A post rammer is very useful for putting in your fence posts.
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