Tips for maintaining your garden fence

Top tips for caring for your garden fence

Your garden fence is an essential part of your garden’s overall look and appeal. The right garden fence can provide both style and security, depending on what you choose. The right garden fence must be properly maintained, however, to keep it looking its best and to ensure it remains reliable for years to come. Here are some key things to consider for effective garden fence maintenance.

1. Choose the right equipment

Before you get started, you should assemble all of the tools you’re going to need to complete the job. Getting things together ahead of time makes the whole process easier and means you won’t have to waste time looking for this or that once you get started. Some of the things you will need may include a hose or a power washer, wood stain and suitable brushes/rollers, protective sheeting, and bleach or wood treatment if you intend to use it.

2. Protect your grass and your plants

Some of the chemicals in the solutions you’re going to be using may cause some damage to your plants or your grass. It’s also possible that if you’re using a powerful pressure washer, this could damage your grass, too. Make sure you avoid this by laying down some simple plastic sheeting around the area you intend to work on. If you have moveable plant pots and garden furniture, it’s also wise to move these somewhere safe before you get started.

3. Bleach, then start power washing

Make sure you use a well-proven and dependable wood cleaning solution. If you want to make your own, you can use bleach and water it down in a mixture that is two parts water to one part bleach. If you’re using a name brand solution, it’s important to abide by the application instructions to ensure it works as effectively as possible. If you’re using a homemade bleach solution then you should apply it and leave it to soak in for a while.

Whichever you choose, keep an eye out for mildew and dirt starting to lift. At this point, you can use your power washer or regular hosepipe to thoroughly wash it off. You must let the wood thoroughly dry as much as possible before putting any new stain or sealer on it, as it won’t take well if the wood is still wet.

Consider using a professional to help

If you’re unsure about anything or you want to make sure you get the best possible finish on your fencing, you can hire a professional fencing contractor to help you. Using a professional will cost more than doing it yourself, but you will be getting the benefit of their experience, which could ultimately lead to a better quality finish. Though it may cost more than doing it on your own, it’s nowhere near as much as you might think, and for many, the results are more than worth it.

For more information about fence treatment, or to get a quote, contact Johnson Land Services today.