Top tips on how to protect your fence throughout the winter

As the winter months are fast-approaching it’s an important time to care for your garden fence to ensure it lasts the winter season.

Strong winds, heavy rainfall and snow can cause expensive damage. Investing time into protecting your fencing can be a vital part of your garden and is often over looked but will certainly pay off in the long run.

Here are a few top tips on how to protect your fence throughout the winter.

Firstly, check for any visible signs of damage, rot or decay to your fence panel and posts regularly. If there are significant signs of rot, you should replace them entirely to make sure it is structurally sound.

Clear your surrounding area, overhanging branches are likely to fall in strong winds and snow and can prove fatal to a fence panel.

Tidy up flower beds and leaves, remove any debris at the base of your fence as this can cause a build of moisture that can cause your fence to get weak over time and eventually lead to rot.

Treat the wood, apply a waterproof wood paint, wood stain or preservative to create a strong moisture shield, which will help prevent rain, snow or moisture from soaking into the wood, as well as smartening up its appearance. This is a simple and cost-effective way that will help save you money and time in the future.

Preparing your fence for the winter season is important, and proper care and maintenance now can help protect your investment and keep your fence lasting for years.