Although it would be desirable to leave your front and rear garden open to nature’s elements, “an Englishman’s home is his castle,” as the saying goes (and applies equally to most of the inhabitants of the UK) and most people prefer to define the border of their property by erecting garden fencing which is used to frame the structure of your garden.
Most people add fence panels to provide your garden with privacy from your neighbours and also from the prying eyes of potential burglars. Some people use garden fencing to provide some shade and protection so people and plants can sit away from the sun’s rays at those times of the year when it is easy to get sunburnt.
Framing your garden structure
There are many variations, particularly in the sizes and shapes of rear gardens. While you traditionally consider the three sides of a rear garden to from your border with your neighbours or roads, decorative fencing and fence panels may need to fit different shapes and sizes as land has been sold in differing parcels in the past.
It used to be traditional that neighbours would talk over small 3 foot fence panel or picket fencing in the front or rear garden. That tradition has changed considerably and while you may only be allowed to add a 3 foot set of garden fencing to your front garden, most local authorities allow you to define your garden structure and your property borders with the installation of 2 meter fence panels in your rear garden.
Instead of considering how your garden looks from your neighbour’s point of view, most people choose their garden fencing to provide a garden structure that they can admire from their own house or garden.
Choosing your fence panels
Once you have decided to install 2 m fence panels around your borders to provide your garden structure, you will quickly find that there are many different types of basic and decorative fencing options from your local garden centre or from the many Internet businesses that make and deliver fence panels quickly.
The structure of your garden will be heavily influenced by your choice of garden fencing. Although fence panels are usually delivered, having been treated against disease and rotting and finished in a light brown colour, many people choose to paint the fence panels, sometimes green, to add to the overall influence your garden fencing has on your garden design.
When your fence panels are providing the structure to your garden they also form the different areas where you can grow climbing plants and add trees, bushes and plants in your border areas, to add a variation and act as your visual emphasis.
It is better to buy fence panels direct from a manufacturer because even if a delivery charge is added, the garden fencing will provide a uniform look. If you decide to try make the fence panels yourself, unless you are extremely good at DIY, your fence panels may look quite different from the first one you made to the last one.
You can break up the structure of your garden by replacing some fence panels with either a brick wall or the plain use of bushes and plants. You will need to decide whether your garden needs to be protected, for security reasons, on all sides or if you are able to include a variation of border designs so that the structure of your garden is pleasing on the eye.