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A fence delimits the property, protects the access and hides the eyes. A fence will be chosen to fill one or all of these roles.

Choose a fence

Define the boundaries of the property

  • If the only purpose of the fence is to clearly identify the perimeter of the propertywe can be satisfied with something rather symbolic and low. Opt for openwork spans less than one meter high in aluminum or PVC granted to the style of the portal.
  • If you want to restrain your petswe can put a soft and low mesh, perforated and maintained by spaced posts, to be as discreet as possible and not to cut the landscape. It will serve in addition to climbing plant support.
  • There are also low pine fences treated (1.20 m high) or to start assembling a wooden fence consisting of poles and two or three maximum horizontal beams in a ranch or English country style.

Protect yourself from intruders

  • If the fence must, in addition to delimiting the land, provide physical protectionit is better to choose a device that is more dissuasive and stronger. To prevent the animals of the neighboring meadow from coming to take a dip in the swimming pool, a vegetable fence may be sufficient, if not in the emergency, we can mount laminated welded mesh panels (to avoid corrosion) between posts every 2 to 2.50 m. The mesh must be tight and very robust. From 0.90 m to 2 m high, depending on the model, they offer good protection and remain discreet. According to the marks, there are nearly 200 shades of colors (RAL).
  • If the goal is to prevent intruders from entering the field, it will be necessary to set up steel gratings possibly raised with spears more than 2 m high. There are many simple models for modern homes or richly decorated cast iron patterns for older homes. If we prefer masonry, it is possible to mount a wall up to 2.50 m high to deter thieves.

Hide and isolate

  • In front of the pool, in front of the living room or on the street side, if the fence should allow you to isolate yourself from the neighborhood, choose blackout models. On steel fences, we can add festonnages, kind of sheet metal plates, sometimes cut and welded between the bars. If we prefer to wait until the vegetation covers fences, fix synthetic or natural screens kind cannisse or even of the artificial hedge.
  • To isolate yourself from the noisethere is no choice but the masonry wall. Bricks, or claustria panels, let in looks, wind and noise, and are also very easy to climb. Use them instead within the property to create decorative effects.

fence in wood blackout panels

  • Installed between its land and that of neighbors, wooden blackout panels create an effective visual barrier. In treated Scandinavian fir, they require regular maintenance.

openwork wooden garden fence

  • The low fences made of perforated wood allow to create a separation between two grounds without preventing the eyes from passing.
  • Ideal, if you need to materialize a limit without hiding the landscape.

With or without a wall?
For aesthetic reasons, most municipalities impose a low wall fences on the track 60/70 cm high (about 1/3 of the fence). The advantage is to protect yourself runoff water and block the way for small pests. In particularly flood-prone, very wet and extremely rainy areas, the masonry bed is more stable and will ensure the durability of the fence. The disadvantage is that it is necessary to dig and sink foundations to prevent the wall from sinking. Depending on the region, go down to frost-free depth.

Palisade and hedge: two alternatives

A hedge is chosen exactly like a fence: it is necessary to define what is expected of it and to select accordingly the species to be planted. To simply delimit your land without concealing the views, opt for boxwood, spirea, St. John's Wort.
To hide from the street and neighbors, prefer evergreen shrubs such as cherry-laurel, Leyland cypress or beeches and charms that remain dense.
If you need to create an impassable physical barrier, you can be tempted by some beautiful thorny (pyracanthas, picrirus, berberis...).
And if we want to protect ourselves from the wind, we must prefer poplars, cypresses of Leyland, blue cypress... Composed according to his tastes thinking that a hedge is, with time, a background of decor very present in the landscape of his garden. We can also opt for wooden palisades that can maintain a plant appearance while offering a wide variety of appearance: edge to edge, pointed, bevel, etc.

Hedge to demarcate the ground

  • Evergreen vigorous shrub, laurel palm or laurel-cherry is a hardy species that is bought in plants 60-80 cm high and planted every 80 cm (trench 60 cm deep).
  • The size must be regular, because the hedge can quickly exceed the 3 to 4 m of height. Also think about cutting wider at the bottom than at the top.

How high to climb the fence?

In busy areas where housing developments, the fence must also allow us to quietly use our garden away from the eyes of neighbors. To define the height of its fence, take the measure from the street: at less than one meter, a fence lets pass the eyes in the garden and inside the rooms. It takes two meters high so that only the roof remains visible. Attention, the local town plan generally imposes a maximum height and sometimes a style of closing that will not necessarily meet his needs for intimacy. It is then necessary to respect the recommendations to mount its fence but nothing prevents then to grow a dense vegetation or to fix black-out panels.

Closing in meranti

  • This meranti fence is mounted on a masonry wall.
  • More stable, it not only prevents small animals to pass, but it also retains rainwater that can ravine on your land.

Step by step: how to assemble a wooden palisade

  • The wooden posts are here mounted on anchors embedded in the ground.
  • On a terrace or a wall, use plates pinned to support the posts.

Mark the position of the first post

  • Locate the location of the first post.
  • Push the anchor upside down into the lawn to mark its position.
  • Then remove the lawn square.

To anchor in the ground

  • Return the anchor then push it into the ground with a mass up to the plate.
  • If necessary, use a shim to avoid damaging the anchor head.

Mark the location of the panels

  • Depending on the size of the panels (0.90, 1.80 or 2.40 m, model "Chiperone" in pine), locate the location of the second anchor plus 1 cm, then push it down.

Check the horizontality of the anchors

  • With a mason ruler and a spirit level, check that both anchors are horizontal.
  • This makes it possible to place the right palisade even if the ground is inclined.

Screw the posts

  • Present the poles, then screw them.
  • If necessary with a screwdriver, it is possible to go up a few centimeters to the post before screwing it.

Present the first panel

  • Lay shims at least 10 cm thick between the posts and present the first wooden panel.
  • Check his position with a level.

Screw the panels

  • All positioned, screw the panels to the posts with stainless steel screws and square.
  • Three on each side for a panel over 1.80 m high.

Mount the panels

  • Continue the panel board assembly.
  • On the posts, screw a hat with two stainless screws, which dress and protects it from water infiltration.

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