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How to Make a Wood Fence Almost Maintenance-Free

Ivan May

If you need a privacy fence for your backyard, you can't go wrong with one made from wood. Wood is a traditional fencing material and it blends in well with all types of properties and neighborhoods. Wood fences aren't really that much trouble, although they do deteriorate with age. If you're hesitant about a wood fence because you've heard they take a lot of work, here are some tips to help reduce the amount of maintenance they need.

Use Treated Lumber or Cedar

Termites can infest about any type of wood, but they shy away from cedar. Cedar has oils in it that repel bugs. The drawback is that cedar is more expensive than other types of wood. The solution is to make sure you buy pressure treated wood, especially the posts that are in contact with the ground. Pine is a common material for residential fencing because it is plentiful and inexpensive. However, it is prone to decay from the weather and bugs. When it is pressure-treated, these problems are greatly reduced. Bugs are repelled from it and the rate of decay slows down. No matter the type of wood you want to use for the fence, just make sure you select a type of wood that stands up to insects and rot.

Let the Fence Age Naturally

When your fence is first installed, you might want to seal it so it is protected from rain and temperature changes. You may want to stain or paint it too, but keep in mind if you paint the fence, you'll have to spend time scraping paint and applying new paint every few years. You can instead opt to let your wood fence age naturally. As the wood gets older, the surface oxidizes and turns from brown to gray. It's a natural process and not a sign of neglect or decay. Unless you want a bright white fence or one that looks like new wood all the time, then you can save labor by letting your fence age as nature intended.

Make Repairs When They're Minor

Keep an eye on your fence when you're mowing grass or working with your plants. When you see something that needs repair and will only take a minute, do it then rather than put it off. This could be tightening a latch or hammering a loose nail. This keeps your fence tight and sturdy. When panels or supports start working loose, the fence can shift and put stress on other parts of the fence. Before long, you'll be facing a bigger repair job. By fixing things before they become problems, you'll spare yourself from spending a whole weekend repairing the fence.

No fence is truly maintenance-free. The care that's necessary for a wood fence is worth the effort because you get to surround your yard in a natural, classic material that complements your property. Contact a fence contractor like Buyrningwood Farm Inc if you have questions about installing a wood fence.


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I grew up in a rural community. My parents always planted a vegetable garden each year. Unfortunately, they didn’t protect this garden from wildlife. Therefore, deer often consumed much of my family’s crop. If you’re contemplating planting your first vegetable garden this year, you can prevent this misfortune from happening to you. Thankfully, a good fence can keep deer and other wildlife out of your garden. If you’re unfamiliar with how to install a fence, contact a reputable fence contractor. This individual can install a fence that will meet your specific needs. On this blog, you will discover the best types of fence to install around a vegetable garden.