Practical Garden Fences
Garden fences are often used to keep out unwanted animals known to dig up gardens or fields resulting in a loss of produce, time and money. Sometimes they serve a purpose of marking property lines and to keep wildlife in. In most cases keeping animals out of the fenced in area is the primary purpose of a garden fence. However, garden fences are used for aesthetic and practical gardening purposes as well.
Garden fences often enclose plants within the garden and limit them from spreading outside of the enclosure as they grow. Sections of garden fencing can be used to grow plants, like raspberries because they offer support as the plants grow along, and up the fence or between two fences. A garden fence will also keep garden borders and rows straight. Straight lines usually improve a garden's visual appearance.
Deer Fencing and Heavy Perimeter Fencing
The most commonly purchased garden fences are designed for large perimeters and to keep large animals out of a plot of land. Garden fences usually come in standard and heavy gauges. Heavy Perimeter Fencing is a name given to heavy gauge garden fences for keeping out animals as large as deer. For that reason, garden fencing is also sometimes called Deer Fencing. Garden fences are sometimes electrical fences, however new polymer fences are stronger than the older electrical fences making an electric shock unnecessary. There have been great improvements in the aesthetics of heavy perimeter fences as well. Some companies are offering products that are nearly invisible from short distances. In that sense they serve their primary purpose while not being an eye-sore of any sort.
Do-it-Yourself Garden Fences
Many people build their own garden fences using wood or metal stakes as posts, and wire or plastic mesh for each section of fence. Do-it-yourself jobs can save money, but they may not provide the visual appeal gardeners, or property owners are looking for. Most garden fences purchased do not come with installation services, however are quite simple to install.
A simple garden fence alone will not keep animals from digging under and getting into a garden. In building garden fences, the builders have the issue of combatting animals digging under the fence, and getting into the enclosed area. A simple solution that will help with pests is to dig a shallow trench where the garden fence will go and to bury a portion of the fence such that the animal will have to dig deep to get under the fence. This could cause the portion of the fence buried to weather fast than usual and may not be the best solution for wooden fences. Alternatively, users can lay heavy landscaping fabric to limit where an animal can dig. Extending the landscaping fabric along the outside of the fence for one mete will make it hard for animals to penetrate this fabric and dig under the fence.
Depending on the size of the animals you are trying to keep out you may need to increase the height of the garden fence and devise better methods to combat digging, or otherwise getting under the fence. Generally garden fences purchases are designed with solutions to the digging problem.
Purchasing Garden Fences
In a short online search there are several companies selling garden fences. Those who prefer shopping online using a credit card, will find a quite a few of options. Most of these companies offer numerous styles and colours of fencing. They use photos to show online viewers what the fences look like. Shoppers can save on the transportation costs involved in shopping around and can increase the geographical radius of their potential shopping area by shopping online. Garden fences are usually purchased in 5-8 foot rolls and are about $1 per foot. Gardeners can expect to fence a 100 foot perimeter for roughly $100 Canadian dollars.