Establishing Boundaries in Your Garden

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The winter months are dormant in the garden and as we look out of the window, we are typically greeted by brown borders, bare branches and a few forlorn shrubs. This is not a time to enjoy pottering amongst scented blooms, delicate petals or ripening produce.

Having said this the winter months do provide the ideal opportunity to take on some hard landscaping. With little foliage to block the way, it is easier to access pathways, fences and patios for repairs or the removal of the old and installation of replacements. Is it time to change a gate way, paint a pergola or build a wall to create a level garden?

Fencing and Timber

A spell of dry days can provide the ideal time to treat sheds, fences and other timber structures to a coat of preservative. Local garden centres and hardware shops now sell a wide variety of colours and no matter which you select, a fresh coat can really transform the look of your garden. You may need to cut back or untie climbing plants in order to complete the job, but many will benefit from pruning at this time of year.

If your fences, shed or gates are looking a little worse for wear, it might be possible to bring them back to life with a few nails, a thorough clean and a coat of preservative. Alternatively, it might be the ideal time to replace your fencing or other timber items.

Fencing is often seen as simply a dividing line between two properties, but it can play a much broader role. It offers a level of privacy from neighbours and passers-by. It is a security device that prevents unwanted visitors from wandering onto your property. It can also help prevent your pets or children from wandering off into other people’s gardens.

Fencing can be an effective way of dividing a larger garden into distinct zones and therefor form part of the landscaping. It can also be a decorative garden feature and this is why there are so many available styles, materials and paint colours available on the market.

Boundary Materials

The majority of fencing in domestic gardens and even public areas is made from timber panels. Wood is a relatively easy to maintain material, which offers a natural look to the garden, but timber panels aren’t the only form of wooden divide. Picket fencing, gothic or French gothic fences are a couple of examples of more decorative options which can enhance your garden design.

There are however other options which may be more suitable for your requirements. As an example, vinyl fencing is a lower cost option, which takes little more than the occasional hose down to keep it looking in pristine condition.

Wrought iron and other metal fences offer higher levels of security or can be shaped into intricate designs for gates and other garden features. Bricks can be used to create a border and traditionally a walled garden was particularly popular for fruit and vegetable gardens as the bricks absorb the warmth from the sun, which benefits the plants.

Hedges and trees are another option, providing a natural, wildlife friendly barrier. These are suitable for many settings, but they do take up considerably more space than other options and need regular pruning to keep them in shape.

Hard Landscaping

If you know that it is time to invest in your hard landscaping, but you haven’t the time or inclination to do it yourself, Gardeneer can assist. From patios and pathways, raised vegetable beds and flower borders to replacement fencing, Wokingham based Gardeneer are a reliable, professional team, who can source the materials that you desire to complete your garden. Contact us today for more information contact Gardeneer.

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