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4 Tips for Maintaining Your Garden Fence This Spring

Discover 4 tips for maintaining your garden fence this spring. From inspecting for damage to applying a fresh coat of paint, this guide will help you maintain the beauty and functionality of your fence all season long.

Overview

  1. Inspect Your Fence for Damage

    Inspect your fence thoroughly for damage, such as rot, decay, and stability issues, and if needed, replace damaged fence panels.

  2. Clean and Prepare Your Fence for Maintenance

    Prepare your fence by thoroughly cleaning it and applying a pre-treatment or primer to seal the wood.

  3. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint or Stain

    Apply a premium outdoor paint or stain for lasting durability and uniform coverage.

  4. Consider Adding Protective Measures

    Apply a weatherproof sealant, and consider adding decorative elements like birdhouses or hedgehog holes.

1. Inspect Your Fence for Damage

To start, inspect your fence for any signs of damage that need repairing or replacing. This includes signs of rot, decay, and damaged boards. Examine the fence for stability; this can be tested by simply applying weight to the fence. A bit of rot here or there doesn’t necessarily mean it needs throwing out, but decay should be addressed as early as possible to prevent the spread of further deterioration. You can simply replace the affected wooden fence panel for any areas you feel are too damaged to repair.

Once you have determined if the fence is still in good enough condition, it’s time to prepare the surrounding area. This includes mowing the lawn around the fence, clearing any weeds and laying a large tarp over the ground to protect it from any paint.

2. Clean and Prepare Your Fence for Maintenance

Now it’s time to prepare the fence, so let’s start with a good cleaning. Scrub the fence to remove any dirt or grime collected there from bad weather over winter. Using a pressure washer, clean the fence. This ensures the wood is free from dirt, grime, lichen or mould before you repaint it. Keep the hose moving, and don’t stay in the same place for too long. Pressure washers are powerful, and concentrating in one area for too long can take chunks out of the wood. Leave the fence to dry completely, then apply a pre-treatment or primer to the fence boards on both sides using a small brush or roller. This will help seal the surface of the wood and extend its lifespan.

3. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint or Stain

Revitalise your wooden fence panels affordably and effortlessly by reapplying a stain. Start by pressure washing and allowing them to dry thoroughly. Smooth out any remaining imperfections by sanding down bumps and lumps before applying your chosen stain. Opt for a premium outdoor paint or stain for durability. Ensure uniform coverage by using a brush, roller, or sprayer to apply the stain.

4. Consider Adding Protective Measures

Once the fence is clean and painted, apply a weatherproofing sealant to protect against sun and water damage. Install a mesh or wire barrier to deter pests. You can also incorporate decorative elements to complement your garden’s aesthetic while serving a practical purpose. Why not add a bird house or feeder to encourage more avian friends? Or create a small hole in the bottom corner of the fence to allow space for hedgehogs to enter and exit your garden?

Updated on March 13, 2024

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