What Vines Are Best for Your Fence?

Vines can make a beautiful addition to any fence. However, these constantly growing structures can be just as destructive as they are appealing. While vines can add an extra layer of aesthetic beauty and privacy to your home, it’s important to understand the types of plants that works best with your specific fence type as well as proper maintenance techniques that can be used to ensure there is no overgrowth.

 

Damages Caused by Woody & Invasive Species of Vines

Woody vines are beautiful and attract many species of birds and butterflies with their colorful plumes, but these vines can also be very destructive on certain fences. They hold excess amounts of moisture that can potentially cause fungus, rot, bugs, and more. These vines are also known for their strong wooden roots, which can permeate the slats and cracks of your fence, thus causing further breakage.

Many homeowners have fallen prey to the destructive beauty of vines. It’s important to make sure the plants you choose will not overgrow and choke out your individual garden. Invasive species such as Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, wintercreeper, & chocolate vine are all no-no’s when it comes to decorating your fence or garden. Invasive species of vines have all the negative side effects of woody vines, but at an accelerated rate.

Which Fences Work with Vines

Wood fences are the most susceptible to damages from vines. They have slats and cracks that are easily penetrated by vine overgrowth. There are a few vines, however, that would be acceptable to use if properly guided along your fence. This includes annual vines like moonflower, climbing nasturtium, sweet pea, and morning glory.

Aluminum and vinyl fences are more durable and can withstand environmental factors such as water, wind, and snow, as well as the addition of vines. For this reason, it is acceptable to use woody vines if you need the additional layers of privacy that they can provide. While algae is easily cleaned off of aluminum and vinyl fencing, bugs can still be attracted to certain types of flowers on these plants, and pose a threat to the life of your garden’s other inhabitants. Climbing hydrangea, wisteria, rambling roses, and other woody vines can all work for these materials.

Where to Get Them

Do NOT take clippings of vines from wooded areas or forests. Unless you are a plant expert, it’s difficult to tell if the wild vine you are trying to introduce to your property is destructive and/or invasive. Plant nurseries are an easy way to find vines for your fence that won’t cause extensive amounts of damage or overgrow your garden and/or lawn.

Alternative Structures

It is not difficult to find alternative structures for your vines to cling to without destroying the life of your fence, such as arbors and trellises. Many property owners connect these structures with wires and then allow vines to be interspersed between them.

Take Proper Care of Your Vines

Not every plant has the same needs; research the sunlight, space, water, and soil requirements to help expand the life of your vines. Some vines are low maintenance while others require extensive amounts of care, so it’s important to stay well-informed!

 

Contact Our Fence Company Today

Do your research! There are many options of tendril, twining, or clinging vines that can work with your fence, depending on the material it is made of. If you want to learn more about the various fencing materials that can be used in your yard, and discuss the weak spots of these, give Globe Fence & Railings Inc. a call today. We have deer fences & privacy fences that come in a variety of materials such as wood, chain link, aluminum, & vinyl.


How Should I Finish My Wood Fence?

It’s important to understand how different materials used in fencing will age over time, and techniques you can use to extend or shorten this process. You have a few basic options for finishing a wood fence: painting it, staining it, or leaving it natural and untouched. Each option provides benefits and drawbacks, so we’re here to help you make the right decision for your home or business!

Natural

It should come as no surprise that leaving your fence natural and untouched by any type of finish will leave it open to the elements. While this option requires the least amount of effort to maintain, rain, snow, wind, and the sun will take a toll on your fence over time. Some households are complemented by a weathered and rustic look, but if this isn’t for you, you can also power wash your fence regularly to keep it lasting a bit longer. Some types of wood age with grace, so this option is not overlooked by those wishing to give their home some character.

Paint

Before staining came about, painting fences as a “finish” was a very popular option. While you can choose between an assortment of colors, this is not a very effective method of finishing a wood fence, as it requires the most maintenance. Paint tends to crack and peel, so this option entails upkeep (repainting) every 1 to 3 years.

Some people ask about the possibility of painting over stained wood. As most stained wood fences are coated with a glossy polyurethane or varnish layer, this can be tricky. Paint cannot properly adhere to the glossy coat, which can quicken the process of chipping, peeling, or cracking. To allow the paint to grip to the surface of your wood, you should always sand away this varnish layer of gloss before applying paint.

If you know you want that perfect white picket fence look in your yard, a white vinyl fence might be the best option for you! If not, there are also solid white stains available for purchase in stores.

Stain

Staining is also a popular option for fences, as it requires very little maintenance. It does not peel or crack and simply requires that the stain be redone once it begins to fade after several years. It is also much easier to redo a stain than it is to repaint a fence, as a power washing or deck cleaner give you a clean slate to re-stain without having to chip away at old paint.

There are a few varieties of stains to choose from. As mentioned above, you can purchase a solid white stain to give the illusion of a white picket fence. You can also use semi-transparent options, or even clear coats that provide weather-proofing without removing any of the wooden aesthetic.

 

If you’re in the market for a wood fence and have more questions about how to finish it, Globe Fence & Railing is the Fence Company to call. We have a variety of wood fences to choose from. Our residential fencing contractors will work with you to make sure your exact specifications are met while staying within your budget. If you’re in the Greenwich, Stamford, CT or Westchester, NY areas, contact us today.


What Fence Should I Get for My Dog?

If you own a canine, it is important to consider buying a fence for your backyard that will provide the safest, easiest, and most accommodating option for your home. Before investing in a fence for this purpose, it’s important to know how certain factors can affect the safety of you, your dog, and your neighbors.

Things to Consider

Materials:

You have several materials to choose from when determining which fence is best for your furry friend. Chain link fences and aluminum fences are not a good option for those dogs that tend to dig or climb, as sharp edges can become exposed and get caught on the dog’s skin or fur. This has the potential to cause injury and should be avoided. You also do not want to invest in a fencing option that can be easily chewed or scratched. Some wooden fences are easier for larger dogs to chew or scratch, thus ruining your purchase. A thick, durable wood or plastic material would be a better option. For these reasons, wood and vinyl fences are the best materials to choose from.

Height:

Big dogs require big fences. You want to make sure your fence is high enough to ensure your canine can’t escape over the fence by jumping over it or scaling up it. For this reason, chain link fences are not the best option. Dogs can easily climb these and escape from the safety of your backyard. A reasonable height for a fence keeping in a larger dog or dog that can jump higher would be somewhere between 5 and 6 feet.

Other Animals and Passersby:

Dogs bark. Whether out of boredom or to alert you of intruders or possible danger, it’s hard to keep your pet from sounding the alarm when people and other animals pass by your home. From your neighbors and their pets to squirrels or cars, it’s easy for a dog to become alarmed after seeing something they might consider out of the ordinary. That’s why it’s important to try and reduce these distractions. A solid fence—as opposed to chain link—such as wood or vinyl can reduce barking, since the dog won’t be physically able to see as many things to bark at.

With all factors considered, wood fences and vinyl fences are the best options to keep your dog safe and reduce the number of distractions or accidents that can occur while your back is turned. Our residential fencing contractors can help you determine which fence is right for your furry friend and ensure you’re left feeling at ease with them running freely in your backyard!

Call us today to learn more.


Should You Get a Deer Fence?

The Fall is finally here! With the change of seasons, the commencement of deer hunting season also begins. This means that during this time of year, there is an increased amount of deer in their population and you may begin to start seeing them pop up around your neighborhood more often than not. If you’re thinking of installing a fence to keep deer out of your yard this season, you should consider some important factors before investing any money.

Height & Width – With some deer being able to jump up to 8 ft. in the air, your standard fence simply is not going to cut it. You are going to need a fence that is both high enough and wide enough so that the deer cannot jump over. A slanted fence with a 45-degree angle is optimal.

Add to Your Existing Fence – If you already have a standard 4 or 5-foot fence installed in your yard, another option you have is to simply add to that. Instead of investing big bucks in removing your existing fence and then installing a brand new one, you can add additional height to your fence posts.

Deer Netting – Another alternative to try adding some commercial quality deer netting. These are super easy to work with and are an inexpensive alternative to installing a new deer fence. Deer have poor depth perception, so a slight bump into deer netting may startle them and cause them to run off.


What Type Of Fence Is Best For You?

If you’re considering installing a new fence to your home or business property, you may be wondering which type of fence is best. This all depends on what you’re looking to achieve with your fence; are you looking to add security to your property or are you looking to add curb appeal? You can even achieve both depending on which option you choose.

When it comes to installing a new fence, you typically have the following materials to choose from:

  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Wrought Iron
  • Vinyl / PVC
  • Chain Link

If you’re looking for a fence that offers privacy, consider adding a wood fence to your yard. Because of its height, you will get both privacy and security. If you’re looking for something more cost effective, you should look into Vinyl fencing. It’s generally the cheapest option when it comes to adding a new fence to your home. It truly does depend on what you’re looking to get out of your fence.