The Fencestore Blog

  1. What Size Fence Posts Do I Need?

    What Size Fence Posts Do I Need?

    Since time began, mankind has struggled with the question ‘what size fence posts should I use for my new garden fencing run?’ Conflicting information and well-meaning but ill-advised family members, friends and neighbours have all contributed to the confusion surrounding this simple question.

    Today, the answer will finally be provided, together with tips and tricks on using other fence accessories appropriately.

    So, what size fence posts are recommended?

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  2. Should I Paint or Stain My Fence? What Is the Difference?

    Should I Paint or Stain My Fence? What Is the Difference?

    Whether to paint or stain a fence is a question that’s vexed many gardeners over the decades. A complete paint job or a slap around with some stain? 

    Well, let’s answer that quandary once and for all. 

    OK, first up, why bother with either?

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  3. Using Decking to Transform your Garden

    Using Decking to Transform your Garden

    We are yet to see the back of winter. Spurred on by his older brother’s efforts, ‘The Beast from the East 2.0’ is heading over to Britain to prove himself, causing as much destruction and disruption as possible in an attempt to outdo his sibling. We’ve had enough now, though. We don’t want any more snow. Nor do we want the icy winds, slippery pathways and dangerous roads that follow a winter storm. We’re all looking forward to the warmth of spring and summer.

    Winter weather

    A predictable bunch, at the first sign of summer us Brits return to our gardens, donning shorts and flip flops, ready to fire up the barbecue. Unfortunately, for many of us, our gardens are inhospitable

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  4. How to Make A Feature of Your Fences with Climbers (Not Just the Usual Suspects)

    How to Make A Feature of Your Fences with Climbers (Not Just the Usual Suspects)

    Fences can provide the ideal situation to grow some spectacular plants. Just make sure your fence is up to its supporting role (no signs of rot, not flapping about - painted or stained before any planting) and start planning. Your boundaries will never look the same again.

    Roses and sollya

    If you plonk a plant next to a fence, and it’s a climbing plant, it will scramble up and through the panel.  It will look great but can look even better if you lend a helping hand. Taut wires running across the face of your fencing and fixed at supporting posts wi

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  5. Spring is Coming – Let’s Talk Garden Birds

    Spring is Coming – Let’s Talk Garden Birds

    Can there be a finer aural experience in the garden than the sound of birds? Their chirps, whistles, buzzes and, of course, songs are the perfect soothing remedy to the stresses and strains of modern life, as well as a wonderful reminder of the beauty and charm of the natural world. What better wakeup call can we possibly receive than the dawn chorus, reminding us that spring has finally arrived? A manmade alarm clock just doesn’t have quite the same charm.

    Some of our bird tables

    Garden birds’ acoustic appeal, of course, is not the only reason for attracting

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  6. Arbours, Arches and Pergolas

    Arbours, Arches and Pergolas

    Garden pergolas, arches and arbours are all wonderful additions to any outdoor space. Rustic arches make beautiful entranceways for paths, or dividers between the sections of your garden. A stately pergola provides shade and shelter from the weather whilst hosting a barbecue or gathering. An arbour provides a secluded spot in which one can relax and enjoy spending time outdoors.

    Arbours, arches and pergolas

    With a myriad of both traditional and modern designs available, any garden can house one of these impressive structures. Though eye-catching features in their own right, it is possible to

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  7. Cold Frames: Big School Beckons in the Garden

    Cold Frames: Big School Beckons in the Garden

    A coldframe can either be your plants’ first protection or an extension of your greenhouse. Either way, cold frames are invaluable in a garden.

    In essence, a coldframe is a wooden box with a see-through lid. It is used to help keep excess rain and moisture off plants as they grow up. It also keeps a few degrees of frost off plants, cuttings and seedlings. You can actually heat them, but then it isn’t a coldframe. It’s a warm frame.

    A coldframe usually sits on a hard surface. It’s best to buy one with as much height as possible. This allows you to grow taller plants and use it for longer cuttings. The see-through lid part can be horticultural glass or Perspex. Only you know how good your aim is at football, cricket and other shattering garden sports.

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  8. Different Uses for Trellis

    Different Uses for Trellis

    Available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, trellis is suitable to support a wide range of flowering plants, fruit and vegetables. In fact, it is the perfect way of bringing together the manmade and natural elements of your garden. Whether your main aim is supporting the growth of your climbers, forming a low-level boundary, or disguising the unsightly elements of your garden, trellis makes a beautiful way to improve almost any outdoor feature. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the many uses of trellis in the garden.

    Trellis to Support Climbers

    The first purpose that most of us would associate with trellis is that it is a way of supporting climbers. Take a look at the beautiful picture of the purple clematis to the left and it’s not hard to see why. But the visible attraction of supporting climbers, o

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  9. 5 Top Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Fence

    5 Top Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Fence

    Brave the cold for a moment and step outside into your garden. Now, look at your fence. Does it look a little worse for wear? We’re all guilty of neglecting our gardens from time to time, but fences especially seem to be often forgotten. The cost of replacing an entire row of fencing can be considerable, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a large garden. So, in order to prolong the life of your wooden fence panels, here’s a short list of five tips to help you out a little bit.

    1.       Gravel Boards

    Seen by some as an extra expense, don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t need gravel boards. You do. Gravel boards will protect the bottom of your fence panels from moisture on the ground.

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  10. 5 Top Tips for Helping Your Fence Survive the Snow

    5 Top Tips for Helping Your Fence Survive the Snow

    After last week’s heavy snowfall, and with the forecast of more to come, it’s important to make sure that your fence is properly prepared. After all, few other things will be quite as exposed to this harsh weather, and a small amount of work now will help avoid larger and costlier jobs further down the line. So, without further ado, here are our five top tips for helping your garden fence survive the snow:

    1. Fix the existing damage – As we enter the new year, Mother Nature is at its fiercest and your fence needs to be in tip-top shape to withstand the onslaught. When snow and ice build up on top of your fence, the increased weight will put pressure on the whole structure. Now is the time to

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