Three reasons for a boundary makeover

I know I keep going on about it, but yes, glorious autumn is hear. Have you worked out it’s my favourite season yet? Even awaking to foggy skies instead of bright blue, I find myself feeling inspired and refreshed, and as the gardens starts to wane, there’s excitement for what’s ahead.

As if you haven’t got enough to do in the garden already, especially during a time of year when chopping back and clearing leaves becomes essential, I have another important task; fence maintenance.

More common than the garden lawn, the majority of us have fences somewhere in our garden – unless you’re extremely lucky to have a walled garden, that is. If so, I’m extremely jealous. We rarely pay much attention to fences other than ensuring that there are no holes in the boundary and that they’re not flapping in the wind. But, fencing can have a really dramatic impact on a garden. You only have to think of interior decoration to realise it. If you buy a gorgeous new three piece suite, walls of magnolia aren’t necessarily likely to showcase it off in to the best way. Likewise, if you’ve spent hundreds on a new herbaceous border, throwing up a dull brown fence behind them won’t maximise their impact potential.

During a lot of the year, fencing can be hard to access, especially if you’ve crammed in every plant possible and, like me, have a jungle as a result. But, now it’s time to do some clearing, it’s also time to pay some attention to fencing.

A little maintenance

If you don’t want to go the extreme of replacing your fencing which, by all accounts, can be expensive,  then it’s time for some maintenance. Though most fence panels will come fully preserved, it’s important to treat them every few years to prolong their life. As you’re doing this, you can also add a few nails here or there to keep individual panels from slipping, whilst cleaning and tidying up trellising and wiring that climbers are attached to.

You might not want a log pile in your wall, but this fence offers stunning contrast

New Fencing

If you have a few fence panels that are worse for wear and need replacing, consider a complete overhaul. At this time, there are various options you can utilise, and Ultimate Landscapes have some great inspiration if you’re looking for ideas. It’s also worth replacing an entire fence rather than just a few panels. Whilst this option is more expensive, if you only replace pieces of fence here and there, you’ll end up with a patchwork effect which is even more damning to the eye than a shoddy and crumbling boundary line.


Colour can be everything, and though most fences come in natural wood or that ghastly orange stain, there’s a lot you can do once it’s in place. Once again, the interior design aspect is important to think of. Yes, you can go with the tinted preserved fences that will provide a bland background, akin to a house filled with magnolia. OR you can liven up the garden a little and create a backdrop that will provide additional interest for plants and make them really pop.

I know, as if you really needed something else to think about this autumn. But, by taking time to sort out your boundary over the quieter growing months of year, you’ll be set for an entirely new look in 2014.

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