Garden Fences Protocol – Must Know

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Typical Laws Regarding Garden Fences

When you think of “laws regarding fences” you probably think about the seemingly random and strange laws that exist throughout America. You may be thinking about a wall or fence built to keep people from accidentally falling off a cliff or into something dangerous or a way to keep wild animals from intruding into your home or property.

But it doesn’t limit to that. Building home and garden fences have laws and protocols. 

In Western countries, there will be specific laws in place related to erecting fences and boundaries on a garden. So, if you are planning to build a garden fence to enclose your backyard or patio, you need to consider those regulations.

Many homeowners though are unaware of these laws and protocols until it’s too late and their neighbors or the authorities call them out. 

In America, there are different laws about whether or not you can have a wooden garden fence or an electric fence. With an electric fence, people don’t get into your property, and wildlife has fewer chances of getting into your yard.

In the city of Birmingham, on the other side of the world, most private property owners are restricted from building fences more than six feet tall.

In some other European countries, homeowners are only permitted to put up a fence beyond a certain height if they have permission from their neighbors. If you live on a rural road in the Southern US, however, you can legally build a barbed-wire fence over 10 feet high as long as your driveway is less than seven feet wide.

Before building your fences you must know your boundaries and the implications that may have on your ownership of the property. You must also be aware of your responsibilities to prevent future disputes with your neighbors. 

Also, it’s best to remember that you are not allowed to grow climbing plants or creepers on garden fences that aren’t yours without permission. Garden fences maintenance is limited only to the owner of the fence as well; you are not responsible for, nor allowed to change the color, form, design, and size of your neighbor’s fence. 

Common Mistakes People Make When Building Fences

A good fence creates a comforting feeling, protects the investment you’ve made in your home, and can add to the value of your property. But fences that are poorly installed can pose danger and may only be a waste of money. Also, carelessly building a fence may lead to disputes between you and your neighbors.

Property boundary disputes between property owners are a common occurrence in different countries. Disagreement about responsibilities in maintenance also is the source of quarrels between neighbors. 

In building or installing fences on your property, there will always be mistakes but you can avoid them if you’re carefully following the steps in building fences.

Here are some of the common mistakes that people make when building fences:

  • Building their fences higher than the required height of the fence stated by authorities.
  • Not asking for permission on erecting a fence around the property for states that require you to get permission first before building.
  • Changing colors of the fence without asking permission for places that limits the colors to be present in property structures.
  • Unknowingly building fences on neighboring property 

It is important to be mindful of our actions especially when there’s a possibility of having other people or the authorities involved. In building fences for your garden or the entire property, make sure that you abide on the protocols and be responsible for it.

Types of Fences

Wooden Fences

wooden fence

Fences made out of wood provide a lot of versatility when it comes to design and finishing options. You can select the type of build (nail up/dog ear, horizontal, picture frame, etc.) elements like the lattice or kickboards, different types of wood, and different stains.

Wood fences can be made from various kinds of wood, and the most common type is the pressure-treated pine wood. Spruce and cedar woods are other possible options that you have. These fence materials ranges in height and includes ranch/split rail, picket, and privacy styles.

Chain Link Fences

chain linked fence

Chain link fences, on the other hand have fewer options when it comes to designs and finishing. The color variations, for instance, are normally limited to darker shades such as black, green, brown, or silver.

The fence materials also have limited options; even with the vast majority of chain link fences being constructed, the material it’s mostly made out of is of galvanized aluminum that’s coated with vinyl.

When it comes to having privacy in your garden, these two types of fences also differ. 

Wood fences can provide you with considerable privacy, depending on the design used. These fences are ideal for securing an area that’s used for fun, relaxation, or recreational activities. Wooden fences are mostly built at different heights to create additional privacy, much like those around a swimming pool.

Chain link fences, however, don’t offer much privacy like the wooden fence, since its mesh material has large gaps making them look almost seamless. The bars can be set to a chain link material, that can offer some privacy.

You can have chain link bars since they are usually sold in boxes. They come in a variety of colors that you can choose from or have them blend in with the rest of your property. 

Basics of Building, Maintaining, and Caring For Garden Fences

It shouldn’t be difficult to keep up a garden fence. If you live in an area with any type of weather, it’s important to know how to properly maintain a garden fence that is damaged and/or needs to be replaced as it’ll help make sure you’re always using a safe one. 

Ultimately, you’ll want to choose a fence material and style that complements your overall exterior, including landscaping, gardens, porches, and other features. Not only will this make it more pleasing to the eye, but it will also help increase the resale value of your property. 

When it comes to cost, value, durability, and ease of maintenance, you need to decide what is most important to you, based on your personal preferences, financial goals, and lifestyle.  

Thank you for spending your time reading this article! We hope you enjoyed and that we were able to help you in providing the right information you need for your gardening journey.

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