About Garden Fencing


Fencing per se has been around since the beginning of mankind in one crude form or the other. However, sophisticated garden fencing has undergone dramatic changes over the years, and is far more aesthetic in style. Available in many designs and materials, such fencing has more diverse applications than its prehistoric and medieval counterparts. Today, garden fencing is an indispensable, feature wrapped around the gardens of homes, small farms and buildings around the world.


From prehistoric times through the Middle Ages, fencing was believed to have been used as a defensive barrier to keep animals and strangers out, and to protect livestock and agriculture. Its use as a defensive barrier lends credence to the fact that in later years, the word "fencing" evolved from "fens," an abbreviation of the Middle English term "defens,"and which ultimately became "defense" as we refer to it today. On the other hand, the modern-day meaning of the "garden fencing," evolved as a result of the primary end-usage of such fencing in recent times, which is to protect public and private gardens.


Garden fencing has many functions, with the main reason for its erection dependent on the specific set of requirements of the end user. Garden fencing is primarily used to protect the fruit, vegetable or flower gardens of homes, small farms and buildings. Its main functions include protecting such gardens from animals; deterring human trespass; keeping small children safe; reducing external noise; keeping out dust; maintaining a barrier for privacy, and, no less important, accentuating the overall beauty and aesthetics of a garden, home, small farm or building. Garden fencing also acts as the legal boundary of a user's property.


There are several considerations before purchasing and erecting garden fencing. The specifications, materials, colors and designs should be decided on the nature of what the fencing will be used for. For example, if the garden fence will be needed to keep small animals (pigs, rabbits, poultry, or canines) out of your fruit, vegetable or flower garden, or keep small children safe, a metal wire-mesh fence of suitable height (preferably 2 to 3 feet) and closely-knit wire-mesh density will be ideal. Climate conditions where gardens are located must also be taken into account when choosing garden fencing.


There are several types of garden fencing available today, each with its own individual appeal in terms of design, texture, material, color and usage. Some examples of the most popular options in garden fencing include bamboo garden fencing, a common option being inexpensive, lightweight, easy to maintain, and artistic in appeal; wooden garden fencing, the most popular option owing to its natural look, texture and reasonable price; aluminum garden fencing, an easy-to-handle, lightweight option, available in a variety of colors, and powder-coated for long-term protection. Other types of garden fencing options include wrought iron, vinyl, chain-link, metal and wire-mesh.


To keep larger animals out of fruit, vegetable or flower gardens, electric garden fencing (of mild-intensity) is available, as are those that come with pointed metal spikes that act as a deterrent for thieves. Larger animals, such as bears or deer, can also be deterred by using taller garden fencing. Select all-weather, non-corrosive garden fencing of durable material and strength. This will help offset the effects of adverse climate conditions, such as those that involve high winds, heavy rain, high humidity, or snow.

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Ezmeralda Lee is a published writer living in Upstate New York. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has experience with subjects such as business, management, computer programming, technology, horses and real estate, She has expertise in computers, home and garden, law and literature. Lee holds a B.A. in English from Binghamton University.