Garden Fences: Everything You Need To Know

Fences are the main feature of your garden, they help create boundaries , keep intruders out as well as keeping your garden safe and private. There are many things to know before deciding on the right fencing for you. In this article we answer your questions about fencing; from the different types of fencing out there, sizing, and the most asked question.. which fence are you responsible for? 

Read on to learn more about garden fences.


What Sorts Of Fence Panels Are Available?

Solid Fence Panels

These types of fences are the most popular types of garden fence. That’s because the solid timber panels are connected to one another to create privacy. Solid fence panels help create boundaries keeping pets in your garden and work great in adverse weather conditions. 

There’s many different types of solid panel fencing, which are mentioned below:


  • Featherboard Fence Panels 
    • These wooden panels are arranged next to one another to produce what appears to be a solid-looking “block” of gathered timber
    • Suitable for a medium budget
    • Supportive and low shrubbery
    • More privacy and security than some other options


  • Larch-Lap Fence Panels 
    • Consists of horizontal wood planks that have been connected to form a solid wooden “block”
    • Low to medium budget
    • Supported by concrete or wooden poles for further support
    • Fantastic approach to protect privacy and deter trespassers


  • Closeboard Fence Panels
    • Vertical wooden panels with no gaps between them make up closeboard fence panels
    • Great choice to keep intruders out


  • Scaffold Board Fence Panels 
    • Horizontal Boards instead of Vertical
    • Long lasting and durable
    • Not much maintenance required


Decorative or Semi-solid Fence Panels

  • Picket Fencing
      • This type of fencing is vertical timber planks joined together with spacing in between them
      • Picket fences can be made of PVC or wooden types
      • Showcases your garden plants
  • Hit & Miss Fencing
    • They are typically made of horizontal, smooth-planed boards that are alternately fastened to the panel’s front and rear
    • Aimed for bigger budgets
    • Provides good security and privacy
    • Less wind resistance as there’s gaps within the boards


  • Hazel Hurdle Fencing
      • Using willow or hazels, this form of fencing can be used as a fence or a beautiful garden divider
      • This fencing lets through sunlight which can be good for your plants
  • Venetian Fence Panels
    • Balance between good lighting and privacy
    • Made of thin horizontal slats with smalls gaps in between


Fencing sizes

The usual width of fence panels is 6 feet. Height ranges from three feet to six feet. Trellis panels are also available in 1 and 2 foot heights, making them perfect for wall trellises, planter trellises, and fence toppers.

For low level fencing, such as a front garden boundary, 3 foot and 4 foot fence panels are most frequently utilised.

Fencing that is 5 feet and 6 feet tall offers more security and privacy.


What is the longest-lasting type of fencing?

Wooden fencing is generally a long lasting type of fence, these fences can last longer than 30 years depending on type of wood. Also, fencing that is regularly stained tends to last longer than raw. Vinyl fences can also last over 30 years and are resistant to temperature changes. 


How long do fences last?

Timber garden fences can last from 5 to 30+ years. This can depend on the materials, manufacturing process and maintenance of your fence. 


How long does it take to put up a fence panel?

The installation procedure can take anywhere from one to four days on average. However, the time required to obtain materials, prepare the site, or remove an old fence or any trees that are blocking the route could delay the actual installation.


What side of the garden fence is my responsibility?

The most accurate way to find the answer to this is looking at your paperwork, you will need to check the title deeds of your home. 

When looking at this a “T” is put on the drawings on one side of a boundary to identify ownership; if the “T” is written on your side of the boundary, you are responsible for maintaining it. If there is an H, which is actually two linked Ts, both parties are equally liable for maintaining the boundary.


We hope this information about garden fencing can help make a decision on the type of fencing for your home. If you would like more information about fencing contact the team at Blaby Fencing & Sheds by filling out our contact form or call 0116 277 6553.