Home Improvement: Decorative Garden Fencing Ideas And Options

Garden fencing can add an attractive border or accent to landscaped areas of your lawn. Here are some options to consider.

As many children, parents, and retirees know, gardening is one of America's favorite hobbies. From planting to pruning and everything in between, designing an attractive lawn or planting a fruitful garden can be a very meaningful recreational activity or hobby.

When the seed finally sprouts and blossoms bloom, many gardeners add delightful touches and accents to enhance the colorful arrangement of flora and ferns around their property. An especially attractive border that many gardeners appreciate is a decorative fence around all or part of the flowering sections. While fences were an important security device for past generations, today's fencing is used to suggest a stylistic effect rather than truly keep intruders away.

Decorative garden fencing comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. A wooden picket fence, typically white and ranging in height from one to five feet, dates to the 19th century in many small towns and rural areas. Use this style to border your front lawn for an old-fashioned country look. Twine vine tendrils around the spokes or place hanging baskets along the more visible side for added color.



Vinyl fencing, sculpted to resemble the original wood style, is made of a durable substance that will hold its shape and hue. Use it in the same way as you would a wooden fence, or set a few sections around a garden patch or flowerbed. Like other types of fencing, vinyl styles come in various heights to accommodate a host of gardening tastes. Colors range of white to pastel shades, with a few darker colors for those who enjoy them. This type of fencing can be pricier than others, so get an estimate before buying.

The larger-sized wood rail fencing style came into use in the last century on farms and lots where animals were kept and gardens were tended. These fences separated working space from recreational areas. With posts often covered in ivy or climbing flowers like roses, the effect is pastoral, though it is not particularly functional in restraining small animals or humans on either side. The style portrays a rugged image for a bungalow, cabin, farmhouse, or rustic getaway.

Sections of wooden clapboard fences are sometimes placed along the perimeter of a rear or side lawn, or along a flowerbed or wildflower area. A twelve-foot section, for example, suggests a hint of border rather than serving as a functional obstacle. Made of treated wood and requiring routine maintenance, the materials may emit toxic substances when initially installed or during repainting, so read the directions carefully.

White wire-coiled fences accent shrubs and bushes or larger flowering plants. Use them to draw attention to foliage that blooms periodically as a way of dressing up that area at other times.

Today's fencing is not intended to keep possessions in and prowlers out as much as it is used to provide attractive accents in a well-tended garden or a manicured lawn. Visit your local home supply store or pick up a catalog to learn more about the types of fencing options that are available at affordable pricing.

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