Fence installers typically use either pressure-treated wood or wood that’s naturally resistant to rot and insect infestation. So, your wooden fence isn’t so vulnerable to landscaping that’s in the general area. However, your landscaping can present some dangers to your fence and vice versa. Find out the best ways to ensure your fence and landscaping get along.
Trees Can Damage the Fence
A big danger to your wood fence can be any nearby trees. Part of a tree’s natural lifecycle includes the death of branches. Dead or dying branches are far weaker than live ones. During a storm, the wind can break off a branch and blow it into your fence if it’s close enough. The panel may splinter or crumble on impact.
Even healthy trees can present a danger to your fence if they’re planted too close. For one, if tree sap falls onto the fence, it will corrode or at least stain the finish. Likewise, the tree might send out shoots that grow near the base of the posts, which can affect the fence’s structure. Finally, tree roots that grow underground can disrupt the posts from underneath.
You don’t have to cut down your tree to accommodate your wood fence. Keep the tree well-pruned so you cut down on the development of deadwood. Likewise, don’t let any branches grow directly over your fence. Be on the lookout for shoots and evidence of root growth around the posts.
Landscaping May Create Moisture Issues
A charming picture you’ll see online is the image of plants growing all over a white picket fence. Unfortunately, encouraging plants to grow onto the fence can cause moisture issues. For starters, plants themselves have moisture. What’s more, the foliage can trap moisture against the wood.
Fungi love moisture, so those areas might be prime for their habitation, which can promote rot. Even without the fungi, wood will warp if it’s too moist. As noted, fencing wood should be resistant to moisture. Resistant isn’t the same as impervious, though.
If you want to train plants over your fence, talk to your local fencing experts about how to protect it from the excess of moisture. Otherwise, you could plant a foundation garden in front of or behind the fence, depending on what kind of effect you want. Just make sure the plants don’t touch the fence.
Gardening Techniques Might Need to Change
Sometimes it’s not the landscaping itself that’s troublesome for the fence. For example, even if your plants don’t grow onto the fence, they can still cause moisture problems. When you water the plants, make sure the sprinkler doesn’t hit the fence. A splash or two is fine, but repeated splashes may create too much moisture for the wood.
The other main technique you’ll need to change is how you mow your lawn, at least near the fence. You might be able to buy a fence trimmer attachment for your mower. If not, don’t push the mower against the fence posts because you may damage the wood. Instead, use a weed trimmer, which uses rapidly spinning lines to cut through the stalks. The line won’t damage your fence posts.
Fence May Create New Shade Patterns
Your fence can also be a menace to your landscaping, especially a new privacy fence. If you’ve just had a privacy fence installed, it will create new shade patterns. Indeed, a decrease in ambient temperature is one of the fence’s advantages. Nearby plants might not agree, though.
Plants have their own natural growing requirements. If you have grass or plants that prefer full sun, they may wither in the new shade.
The installation of a new fence requires some yard upheaval anyway. Take the time to replace any plants or grass with shade-resistant varieties. You can also install hardscaping, such as a mini patio, in the newly shady area.
If you have any questions about a new fence or one in need of repairs, contact City Wide Fence Company, Inc.