Learn about garden fencing

The usual purpose of a fence is to define property lines or provide privacy. Garden fencing is an entirely different way to think of fencing and brings elegance to a garden area. Sculptured fencing, like iron fence edging or Victorian black garden borders add dimension and an artistic quality to a garden. These low to the ground fences–perhaps only a foot to a foot and a half in height–are curved with a scroll design or a Fleur-de-lis pattern. They can be purchased in a strip about 74-inches long with stakes to anchor them in the ground and are made from various materials such as wrought iron, resin, aluminum, steel, and of course wood. A new addition to this decorative style of fence is the solar edging fence, which emits a soft light around the garden area, eliminating the need for separate decorative lights, not to mention, lowering the electric bill while still lighting one’s path.

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Garden fencing is a creative endeavor

Garden fencing is only limited by one’s own creativity. Even a plain chain link fence can become a trellis for morning glories to wind through the diamond-shaped links, peeking their purple flowers out at the morning sunshine. White picket fences that often border a front yard enhance rose bushes planted in front of them. That’s the kind of image artists like to paint and gives viewers the feeling of being in a cozy home setting. Lattice fences are also another decorative style of fence. Tall and white with crisscrossing thin strips of wood, these fences aren’t just pretty, they defuse the sunlight on plants that can’t take direct sunlight constantly, and also serve a dual purpose as a trellis. Climbing roses work well with lattice fences.

Protecting your vegetables with garden fencing

There is also another purpose of garden fencing: to protect garden vegetables from critters. Gardeners agree, there is nothing worse than cultivating a lush vegetable garden only to have it ravished by rabbits, deer and other garden pests. As beautiful or cute as these animals are, they are not welcome in the garden! Simple chicken wire framed in wood is an inexpensive way to protect produce from small animals. Placing 1-by-1 treated pickets into the ground will ward off burrowing under the fence. Metal fencing works well, too. For larger veggie munchers like deer, a thicker gauged mesh or stainless steel wire attached to 2-by-6 cedar wood capped by 2-by-8s and standing at least 8 to 10-feet tall will keep deer out and also prevent them from jumping into the garden area. A less expensive and low maintenance way to keep deer at bay is a black or green mesh material that is UV stabilized to resist plastic breakdown and color fading. This type of fencing doesn’t detract from the appearance of the property either. Regardless, the uses and styles of garden fencing are limitless, opening the door (or gate in this case) to many different enhancements to the garden.

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