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Garden Fencing

Garden Fencing

At LJP Landscaping we provide a hassle free service, we have erected many different types of fencing to suit our clients taste and budget.

We never use “met spikes”. In our experience met spikes often spin as they are driven into the ground. If they hit a stone or rock they tend to twist. Our preferred method is to dig a hole and use post crete to fix the post securely in place. Post crete goes hard within 10 – 15 minutes and gives you a straight sturdy post. We are happy to discuss any fencing ideas, we can either source the fencing you like or you can find the supplier and we can install.

Choosing A Fence Type

There are literally hundreds of variations in fence styles and construction materials. There is pre-assembled wood fencing sections as well as fencing materials made from recycled milk jugs. The type of fence you use depends primarily on the purpose.

Barrier Fence

Fences, like the type shown, are used primarily for barriers. They are easy to build, however, they are usually not very decorative and they provide very little, if any, privacy. Fences like those provide barriers and are more attractive than an ordinary fence. With a little shrubbery or plants, such fences can provide very attractive barriers along property lines.

Privacy Screen Fences

Fences, such as those illustrated, are primarily privacy screens. They can be built as tall as needed out of many different materials. Their primary purpose is privacy. Consider your needs when selecting the style of your fence. If you want a simple barrier, a wire fence or a simple style fence will work fine. For a barrier that enhances the appearance, consider styles similar to a picket fence.

Picket Fence

Picket fences are very popular and easy to build. With a little ingenuity you can create attractive picket designs. Make sure that all the pickets are spaced by inserting a loose picket between the picket previously nailed into position and the picket to be nailed.

Basket Weave Fence

A basket weave fence is often used on a sloping terrain. This style of fence allows you to raise or lower each post.
Use a good-quality board to build a basket weave fence. Boards full of knots may break easily when placed under the stress of basket weaving.

Simple Board Fence

A simple board fence is easy to build and can be quite attractive. You can place the boards on one side or alternate them from side to side. The board fence provides both a barrier and privacy. It can be built as tall as needed and then stained, painted or left natural. You can design a siding fence to match the siding on your home of this style. In fact, you can use the same siding that was used on the home to build the fence. The siding fence can be covered on one side or both. Then, you can paint it to match or harmonize with the paint on your home. These are only a few of the many styles of fencing available. Fences are easy to build, and the materials are readily available.

Please Note

Regardless of the type of fence you plan to build, be sure you know exactly where your property line is located. If you are uncertain about the location of the line, check into it or work out an agreement on the fence location with your neighbour.

Also, check any local ordinances applying to fences before beginning construction. Call the building department of your local city hall or ask for the local government office that regulates construction to be sure you abide by city codes. You may require planning permission, and without this you will be asked to take a fence down if it strays over two meters, even if just a few millimetre over!

Fencing Tips

Try to keep the bottom rail of any fence above the ground. This helps eliminate the problem of decay and makes it easier to trim grass around the base of the fence. Pre drill holes in trellis and fencing before using galvanised nails or screws – this prevents the wood from splitting.

Fix a string at either end of the fencing run to ensure a tidy line.

Use Postcrete to fix the posts into the ground as this goes solid quickly and prevents posts twisting by other methods.

Keep checking that posts and panels are level as you go.

Always use brackets and screws and never nails, this will make repairs and replacement in the future a much easier task. Gravel boards are great, they stop the most expensive part, the panel, from sitting on wet soil and rotting.
Set all wood fence posts with about 1/3 of their total length buried in the ground. This is especially important on corner posts and any posts that will carry heavy weight or withstand high wind pressure.

The heads of posts should be rounded, capped or slanted to help eliminate accumulating water, which can cause rotting. This is well-worth the effort since it allows the posts to last.

When fixing wooden fence post caps, always pre drill the fixing holes. They split very easily.




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