Spending time in your garden is a fun hobby for many people in the UK with over 55s being the age group that enjoys it the most according to recent data. There are plenty of reasons for this, including the fact that being out in nature is great for your mental health.
It takes a lot of effort to get your garden in tip-top shape with flowers and plants to water, grass to cut, and weeds to remove. However, what part of the garden can easily be missed is your fence. The fence is the backdrop to your beautiful crops, so ensuring that looks the part too is essential.
If you’ve not maintained a fence before or you want a refresher, our guide below can help. We’ll take a look at what your maintenance will involve, how to remove any rot and ways to keep it sturdy, so the unforgiving UK weather doesn’t get the better of it.
Basic fence maintenance
Fortunately, looking at your fence doesn’t require any tasks that are too complicated. Some of the basic things everyone with a wooden fence should do include:
- Clean panels – simply spread your panels with a pressure washer from a distance to remove any unwanted grime or mould then leave it to air dry once it’s clean.
- Paint it – the colour of your fence will fade over time, so when this appears to be happening to your fence, get the paint and brushes out to give it a new coat. This should restore it to its former glory.
- Apply a treatment to weatherproof it – an unprotected fence can cause rot or damage to your fence when severe weather hits it. Treatments can stop this from happening, so you won’t have to worry about your fence deteriorating every time it rains.
Stop the rot
Sometimes the maintenance tasks above aren’t enough to stop the panels from rotting. This makes it important to know how to stop the rotting before it’s too late. Here’s how you can do that:
- Once you buy your new fence panels, soak the ends in wood preservation for 24 hours before they’re installed.
- Put at least six inches of gravel at the base of your post hole to support drainage.
- Clear wet debris from around the fence to reduce the amount of dampness touching the wood.
Keeping it sturdy
A fence is designed to be sturdy and act as a barrier for your home, so you won’t want it falling over whenever it’s struck or the wind blows on it. You can make your fence a little sturdier by removing any weak or damaged parts and replacing them with new panels.