A garden just isn’t a garden unless it has a secure perimeter around it.Such a perimeter will help to retain your privacy, and provide an obstacle that’ll impede would-be intruders.Some of them will even help to make your garden more pleasant to look at.

Wooden panel fencing is a popular choice for many homeowners.It’s inexpensive, widely available from retailers of fencing supplies in North Wales, and will help to protect your property from all of the threats we’ve just mentioned.But it’s also a technology that requires occasional maintenance if we’ve going to get the best from it – particularly during winter, where it’s at risk from adverse weather conditions.Let’s examine how we might perform such maintenance, and how we might thereby protect our fencing.

Wind

Wooden panel fencing is substantial enough to stand up to all but the strongest winds.But some homeowners might find that their property is occasionally exposed to strong winds – particularly those living on hills and rural, exposed areas.

Wooden panels can easily be picked up and thrown by sufficiently strong gales.This poses a threat not only to the fencing itself, but to other things and people on your property.Since each panel is very light, and has a large surface area, it can easily act like a sail.In order to prevent this, it’s important to secure your fencing to the ground.This can be achieved via a few different methods.

A concrete post is a great deal less likely to be picked up or blown over than a wooden panel.In order to keep your fence rooted to the ground, then, you might elect to use concrete posts, evenly spaced, and simply slot your wooden fencing panels between them.This course of action, though effective, will somewhat undermine the look of your fence, and is thus only really popular in areas where high winds are a particular danger and funds are scarce.

A less aesthetically radical solution comes from placing concrete anchors beneath the fencing rather than within it.By digging several holes and placing wooden posts in them, and then filling the gaps with cement, it’s possible to keep a fence firmly anchored into place without effecting the way it looks from ground level.You’ll find both solutions available from a reputable timber merchant in North Wales.

Of course, another effective way to prevent the wind from blowing your fence over is to allow the window pass straight through it.That’s where alternatives like wire fences and hedges are superior.Each comes with its own downsides, however; the former looks ugly and the latter is more expensive and difficult to maintain.

Moisture

Perhaps more pervasive than the threat of a sudden storm blowing your fence down is the threat of long-term moisture exposure causing the wood to rot from the inside.This is a problem that’s faced by homeowners across Britain – not just in areas that are exposed to excessive rainfall.It’s a threat that can quickly ruin the look of a fence – and it’s one that can render it weaker, and therefore more vulnerable to being blown over.

In order to combat this effect, and improve the way the fence looks while we’re at it, it’s vital to regularly clean, dry and re-finish your fence.A coat of wax or oil will permeate the fence and help to condition the wood, protecting it from water and improving its look.A coat of stain will also help to colour the wood, bringing out its natural good looks.Your choice will naturally depend on how you’d like your fence to look.

Naturally, when you’re applying your finish, you’ll need to be sure that the underlying wood has been properly cleaned and dried, so that any new moisture is not trapped beneath.It’s almost always best to do this during the summer, when you’ll be able to properly dry the fencing without worrying about the arrival of unwanted precipitation.

Intruders

Of course, the key role of a perimeter fence is to secure the contents of your garden. This means it’ll need to provide at least some protection against people looking to vault over the top of it.Fortunately, there are ways of achieving this end which don’t involve razor wire.Tall fences which provide room for a hedgerow near the top will be able to provide an obstacle for would-be burglars, who’ll find it difficult to climb over the top.It’s important also to ensure that garden gates are kept as secure as possible – invest in padlocks that last, and be sure not to leave valuables on display in your garden overnight.