Today, we have a guest blog from Josh who has a passion for writing and is currently working for an online shop supplying bathroom furniture. He had some troubles with the wind and his fence recently, so wrote us this blog with some handy hints and tips.
Do you know what to do when the wind blows down your garden fence? Believe it or not, it can be quite a complicated process; I’d had my fence in place for years, and I certainly didn’t know where to start!
The strong winds a couple of months ago really took their toll on my garden. My wife had put some work into making it nice and presentable before the summer BBQ season, but these winds really did some damage.
Judging by the weather at the moment, if this does happen to you, hopefully I can give you some helpful tips.
When my fence fell I was completely unaware for several hours, I was just glad that the dog was still inside the house. Any vet will tell you that the day after a bad storm, they see an large increase in the number of stray dogs brought in to be checked for microchips. You may have a sturdy garden fence, but if you have a pet that spends time in the garden, make sure it is microchipped or has contact information on its collar. Even if your pet would normally go straight to the front door if it accidentally gets out, remember that a severe wind storm is disorienting even to animals, and with the noise and commotion of a fence falling, your pet may be so frightened that it runs away before it realises it is lost.
When your garden fence gets blown over in a severe wind storm, chances are there is more damage than just the fence, itself. Landscaping is often severely damaged in a wind storm, and a broken fence can certainly make a bit of lawn care necessary. I’ve picked up a few tricks reading up on Anglian’s ‘garden news’ section on their blog; everyone knows a man loves trying a bit of DIY.
When surveying the damage caused by a fallen fence you may notice some of your flowerbed torn up and even your flowers harmed . Believe it or not, flowers will often come back. The roots seldom are damaged by a wind storm, and having some of the stems broken off actually may “prune” the flowers, making them bloom even better later in the season (if we even have a season this year!)
Trees and large shrubs can be broken by a garden fence, but all is not lost. You can actually bolt some of these plants back together! When my fence fell it actually snapped one of the lower branches of our redbud tree. It was still dangling from a little bit of wood pulp and bark. After a bit of research on the situation, I fitted the branch back into place, like a puzzle piece, and drilled a hole through the break. Then, I inserted a carriage bolt through the hole and tightened it into place with a nut and lock washer. A length of strong string to support the heavy end of the branch helped to reinforce the limb, and, I’ve read that in a few years time, you won’t even be able to tell the limb was broken! The bark will grow around the carriage bolt and nut, and the tree will no longer need a “sling” for the limb. I now know in the future I will be able to do the same thing with the fruit trees and juniper bushes we are growing – we live in a very windy area, the price you pay for living on the coast.
Rebuild the Break
Usually, if a section of your garden fence breaks or falls, it was already loose or damaged to begin with. It’s important to install the repair correctly. Dig the post hole for the fence deep enough for the post, and then dig it 6 inches deeper. Fill that 6 inches with gravel, then put the post into the hole. Fill with Quikcrete or another quick drying substitute for extra strength. If you don’t use gravel, water will stand at the base of the post, eventually rotting or rusting it.
You really can keep high winds from destroying your garden fence. Keep it in good repair, or you could risk losing plants and pets!