How to Choose the Right Garden Fence

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Thanks to a growing love of DIY projects and HGTV inspiration, more and more homeowners are transforming their yards into lush gardens. Whether you are plotting out an herb garden, a mini vineyard, or a flower garden with flowers of all sizes and colors, you probably have thought about the need for a garden fence. If so, you might have questions about how to choose the right fence for your garden.

Why do you need a garden fence?

A garden fence is more than just a pretty addition to your garden. A fence can offer many benefits to your garden including:

  • Protection from deer and other critters: Any gardener knows that vegetable gardens are quite attractive to local fauna, but a fence can help keep critters from snatching up your lettuces and radishes. Bonus: If you have pets, a garden fence will also keep Fido out of your flower beds.
  • Creating boundaries in your yard: You may want to devote certain sections of your yard to your garden, a playground, a pool, and deck, or a grilling patio. A garden fence helps establish clear boundaries between different sections of your yard.
  • Provide shelter: Certain garden fences can help shield your garden from strong winds.
  • Hide unsightly aspects of gardening: Perhaps you’d like a garden fence around your equipment or shed rather than your flowers? A fence can contain tools and equipment, but also safely keep lawn and garden chemicals out of reach of children.
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Protect your plants and flowers from deer with a garden fence (we installed this one!)

Types of Garden Fences

The type of fence you select will vary depending on your exact gardening needs. For instance, if your goal is just to establish boundaries, you’ll have different choices then if your goal is to keep a small dog from sneaking into the garden for a digging session.

  • Ornamental fences: These are a favorite for garden fences as they are quite pleasing to the eye. However, picket spacing and fence height should be considered when selecting a garden fence if your goal is to keep critters out of the garden. Ornamental fences, which can be constructed of different materials, can last up to 50 years with the proper care.
  • Picket fences: Both vinyl and wood picket fences make good garden fences, although these two options do not last as long as a steel or aluminum ornamental fence.
  • Wood fences: If protection is your goal for a garden fence, a wood fence may be the right choice for you. Gardeners tend to opt for cedar wood when using wood near or in garden areas. Wood fences are also ideal for hiding unsightly elements from view (think: your compost pile).

Tip: Before deciding on which material and style you want for a garden fence, first decide why you want a fence. This will help narrow down your decisions much easier.

Do you know which garden fence is right for you?

Maybe you have a small patch of vegetables and herbs and know that an ornamental steel fence is a finishing touch you want. Maybe you’ve got a big dog that loves to dig, so you’re leaning towards a cedar fence. Maybe you are still torn between vinyl and wood. We can help you through the process of planning, deciding, and finally installing your garden fence. Contact us today with your questions or for an estimate.