Ideas for Garden Fencing

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Fencing in your garden need not be boring or predictable to be effective. Consider repurposing old iron or planting a fence, rather than installing posts and panels. Look around your garage for objects that you can transform and reuse, such as chair railing or old windows, to create custom garden fencing that is charming and unique.


The varieties of commercial fencing available for your garden include vinyl or composite materials that require little to no upkeep; traditional wooden pickets that require regular maintenance; and wrought iron, which may require some maintenance over time. Wooden pickets are the least expensive initially, but the amount of time, money and effort needed to maintain the fencing makes this the most expensive alternative.


Consider natural fencing for your garden such as a living bamboo fence or a stone enclosure. You can plant bamboo around the perimeter of your garden; shoots will reach their full height in a matter of months. If a live fence is not an option, consider erecting a fence made with bamboo poles. Stone is another naturally beautiful solution to garden fencing. You can stack stones as high as you like to conform to any size or space.


Create an eclectic style for your garden fencing with old iron beds or metal gates that you can find at thrift stores or architectural salvage yards. Use the head and the foot of the iron beds to create a scalloped effect for your fence. Old garden gates in a variety of styles create an interesting and whimsical touch to your garden décor. Attach a metal rod to the sides of the gate with wire to make ground supports and bury the legs of the bed to secure the fencing. Connect the metal components on the sides with wire to completely enclose your garden.

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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