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Fences and Fencing for Gardens

Weathered Post and Rail FenceMost homes which have a back garden will require some type of fence to separate the garden from the neighbours. The fence will offer security from intruders and will keep the neighbours animals and children in their own garden. In addition, a fence will give privacy and will even offer some shelter from high winds and sunlight. But how do you choose which is the best fence for your purposes and how easy are they to install yourself?

Panel fences

These are usually sold as a prefabricated panels in set sizes and heights. They need to be attached to posts which have been concreted into the ground via the use of a sturdy bracket. The two main types of panel fencing are the interwoven and the closeboard. The interwoven is more attractive but not very strong. The strips of wood are quite thin to allow them to be bent and woven. The close board option will be stronger but can be more expensive. Panel fences are by far the most economical and popular choice for most gardens and can be installed by the average DIYer.

Horizontal boards

These can be attached to posts and rails and can either be overlapping or simply butted up to each other. If overlapped they offer good security and privacy. This type of fence is much stronger than a panel fence assuming the post has been concreted in securely.


Slotted into concrete posts, these fences come in panels which can be heavy and hard to install. They have a long life, but can look unattractive.


These are made of willow which has been woven. They can be bought in panel form or made on site. While they are an attractive option for screening plants or for breaking up a garden, they are not really sturdy enough for perimeter fencing.

Picket fences

Rather than being a good option for sectioning off gardens, a picket fence can offer an attractive front garden solution. They are also perfect for lining pathways. The pickets can be bought from a DIY store and attached to posts and rails in a vertical fashion. Generally there are small gaps between each picket, so they do not offer privacy. In addition they are low enough to look over.


Sections of lattice can be bought from any DIY store and attached to posts in the same way as any panel fencing. Generally they will be used to screen a garden or to offer something for trailing plants to climb.

Ranch style fences

These are the sort which mark out territory rather than offering any protection or security. They consist of vertical rails and posts, but no infill. They have a certain rustic charm and a perfect for on farms as they will keep out large animals such as sheep, horses and cattle.

Chain link fences

These are very quickly installed and consist of a roll of wire which is attached to posts. It will offer good security, but no privacy. Because they do not have to worry about high winds, they can be constructed to a high level, keeping out intruders.

Wrought iron

Probably the most decorative type of fence, these can be designed into any shape and work well in front gardens with a matching gate. More expensive than other types of fence, they will last a lifetime and require little maintenance.