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Fencing through February

The winter months are slowly dying out, the mornings are getting brighter, and the new, longer days are giving us less of an excuse to hide away from our overgrown winter gardens and more of an excuse to do something about them. Here at Hillsborough, we know that one thing that can transform a garden is structure, which we believe fencing does a great job of creating.


Fitting fences into your garden will create a structure completely chosen by you, allowing you to shape spaces in your garden, or your whole garden entirely to suit your needs. We have a range of fences, including both wooden and slabs, which can help to work towards a neater, much more structured outdoor area. However, to ensure that you get the longest possible time with the fencing you choose, we’ve put together a list of things that you can do to extend a wooden fence and make sure it doesn’t rot.

  1. We provide a range of strong wooden fencing, which is handcrafted and cut to ensure we give you the best quality materials for your garden. However, be sure, if buying somewhere else, that the material you buy isn’t cheap, or light sapwood posts.

  2. Soak the ends of the wood posts in wood preservative for 24 hours before being fitted – Timbashield works well – and let them dry fully.

  3. The same process should be done after the fence has been fitted for extra protection with exterior wood or decking oil.

  4. Put some gravel at the bottom of the posthole for drainage purposes. Ensure the gravel is fairly deep so that the post sinks at least a few inches into the gravel.

  5. Pour the concrete when fitting to above soil level and smooth the surface, this will ensure any water will slope towards the ground and roll away.

  6. Use top-quality exterior paint to seal any gaps between the base of the post and the concrete. Continue to do this, as gaps will continue to appear over time due to freezing and thawing.

  7. Continue to recoat the fence panels whenever you retreat the wood, to ensure that the wood continues to stay strong whilst it stands.

On top of all of these tips, ensure that you take general care of your fencing and outdoor wooden garden furniture. For example, after it rains heavily, ensure you look over any wooden garden objects and treat them if needs be. Regularly paint wood with strengthening paint to ensure it constantly repairs itself. Most of all, enjoy the experience. Gardening can be stressful at times, especially at the very beginning, but once you get going, you may find it is the best thing you’ve ever invested your time in.

Take a look at some of our fences and panels online, or pop into the store to speak to our friendly customer advisors, who are always on hand to help with any enquiries or problems you have.

Happy Gardening!

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