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    Example of a natural looking wall made from concrete

    Example of a natural looking wall made from concrete

    When thinking about separating your garden from the outside world, most people automatically think of wooden fencing. Following on from our look at the recent phenomenon of concrete furniture, the latest trend in garden design is concrete walling.

    There are many benefits to having a concrete wall over traditional wood fencing. Firstly a concrete wall will never rot or warp like wood fencing, meaning the larger initial install cost will be paid back over time. The concrete wall will obviously fare much better against the elements and is fire and wind proof.

    However the main reason customers are turning to concrete walls is the huge variety of colours and patterns that can be applied, making them not just functional but decorative as well. As with our pattern imprinted driveways, the concrete can be matched or contrasted with the design of the house and garden, and the style is only limited by your imagination. It can also be made to look like wood, stone or any other material, whilst keeping the inherent strength and longevity of concrete. Finally planters can easily be incorporated into the walls, giving a very organic and natural look to your garden.

    If you would like a quote on any fencing or walling, please make an enquiry here, or call 01706 82 7180.

    Install Your Own Fencing – Part 2

    Fence & Gate

    How to install your own fence...

    Continuing from our guide on how to install your own fencing, today we’re covering the process of the actual fence installation.

    • Add 4 to 5 inches of gravel to the hole, spreading it evenly across the bottom.  This allows proper drainage away from the fence posts during rain.
    • Set the first fence post into the hole, and add 6 to 8 inches of soil.  Check the level of the fence post by placing a carpenter’s level on at least 2 sides.  When the fence post is level, tamp the soil to compact it solidly into the hole.
    • Add another 6 to 8 inches of soil, check the level and tamp the soil.  Repeat until you have filled the hole completely.
    • Mound some dirt around the fence post at ground level, rounding it with a trowel.  This will direct rain and snow melt away from the fence post.
    • Place a stake at the location for the next corner fence post.
    • Attach the twine to the fence post, about 6 inches from the ground.  Stretch the twine to the stake, pull it taut and affix it to the stake.  Set the corner fence post and then repeat for the remaining corners.
    • Measure the width of the fence panels and mark the distance with stakes.  Set fence posts at each stake, aligning them with the twine line and mounding soil around them above ground level.
    • Set a fence panel between the first 2 fence posts.  Use wooden wedges to level the panel.  Attach the panel with screws, maintaining the level.

    Repeat attaching the fence panels to the fence posts until the fence is complete. Now, you can look back in awe at the brilliant fencing you have just created. Next on the list, a pattern imprinted concrete drive or patio perhaps?

    If you don’t fancy the DIY option, get in touch for a free no-obligation quote.

    Install Your Own Fencing – Part 1

    Waney Lap Fence

    How to install your own fence...

    Apparently good fences make good neighbours, so with these tips on how to install your own fencing, you’ll be the toast of the town.

    Things you will need:

    • Fencing posts and panels
    • Wood stain
    • Wood preservative
    • Paint brush
    • Posthole digger
    • Tarp
    • Gravel
    • Shovel
    • Carpenter’s level
    • Stakes
    • Twine or line
    • Wedges
    • 2½ inch galvanized screws
    • Screwdriver

    Before you start make sure you know the locations of any underground utility lines, and plan your fencing to avoid them.

    Firstly you should brush the fence posts and panels with an oil-based wood stain.  Wipe off excess stain and allow everything to dry completely.  Then paint the posts with wood preservative to one-third of their height and allow them to dry thoroughly, following the manufacturer’s instructions.  This retards rot from the contact with the damp soil and the underground sections of the posts.

    Dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the post and one-third of the height of the post, using a posthole digger.  Make the bottom of the hole slightly larger than the top.  Place the dirt you remove on a tarp, as you will need it later.  Remove any large rocks and roots from the hole. If necessary, cut large roots free.

    Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to put your new fence up!

    If you don’t fancy the DIY option, get in touch for a free no-obligation quote.

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