Preparing your garden fence for winter

After all the effort you've put into your garden over the Spring and Summer months, it would be a shame to see it go to waste. Many people don't consider the upkeep and aftercare involved after installing something in your garden, such as artificial grass, paving or a fence.

We're focusing on fencing and the aftercare which is needed to make sure your hard work throughout the summer doesn't go to waste. With the great British weather to contend with, there are a lot of measures you can take to make sure that fence is standing strong the following year.

Weak spots

Ensuring your fence can withstand the harsh winter temperatures and blustery autumn wind is important, which is why you need to make sure your fence posts and panels have no weak spots, for example any previous damage or rot and decay. If this is the case, you may need to change the panel or post to make sure it remains structurally sound.

Leaves

A typical autumn sees damp leaves line our garden boundaries. Although catching on the eye with autumn colours, the dampness of these leaves along our fence line can cause moisture to be trapped. In turn, this could see your perfectly preserved fence panels to start to decay a lot quicker than it should.

Waterproofing your fence

I think it's safe to say, we get a lot of wet weather in our country and although good for many other aspects in our gardens, we need to put measures in place to protect our fence through these conditions. You can treat your fence with oils which will preserve them for at least a couple of years before you need to re-apply. The more care you take in the early stages, the longer your fence will stay in place.

Tree branches

If trees play a big part in your garden and sometimes this can be unavoidable, to air on the side of caution, make sure you cut down any loose branches or branches which tower over your fence. In extreme weather conditions, this could have a disastrous outcome on your fence structure.

Structurally sound

Securing your posts into the ground to make sure the fence is structurally sound on installation is important, but you must continue to make sure that your fence remains stable. Make sure you keep on check of the structure of your fence posts, making sure they're all standing upright. If they need any extra stability, make sure you fix them back into position properly.

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