Why do we need garden fencing in the first place?

Fencing plays a very diverse role in landscaping and can help solve problems and also create opportunities within the home or property. Garden fencing can act as a partition to keep neighbours or unwelcome guests out and children and animals in, plus in the landscaping world they can help define a space and have more of an aesthetic appeal.

Garden fencing ideas should be the easy bit once you know the function the fence is to play.

With so many materials on the market to choose from options are endless. The cost of lumber plus the high upkeep of wooden or timber garden fencing has led to some truly innovative materials for fencing with the likes of vinyl or plastic garden fencing reappearing. Of course chain link and chicken wire fencing have their uses but wrought iron or metal fencing has more character and architectural appeal and especially in severe weather conditions has its advantages however budget will play a major role in the type of garden fence and garden fencing panels used.

Example of a Vinyl yard fence panel

Example of a Vinyl yard fence panel

A roll of cheap plastic garden fencing

A roll of cheap plastic garden fencing







Before I continue and you go running to your local garden center or landscaping center to get your garden fencing to keep nosy neighbours at bay be aware that there are bye laws in place that have height restrictions on garden fencing. Restrictions are on the location and not on the type of fence. For front and side gardens or yards it is 4 feet in height or 1.2 meters. Also for front gardens there are may be certain guidelines or restrictions depending on the area or estate/complex you live in. For back or rear gardens or yards the height restriction is 6 feet or 1.82 meters. Lattice panels on the top are included in this height. There are some exceptions depending on the view or an unsightly view that is incompatible with residential use.

The innovation of materials plus the sudden new emphasis on security in and around people’s homes has brought with it an explosion of video cameras and front and garden gates with buzzers and intercoms. What I suppose I am getting at it that in this modern world the possibilities are endless in terms of requirements. Personally I wouldn’t class these types of security fencing and modern intercoms as a landscaping requirement but more as functional fencing much like deer fencing or if you live on a large farm or ranch boundary or perimeter fencing.

Make sure you know your boundary lines before you go getting fencing off these expansive areas!

My home is the total opposite to having these vast spaces to fence off. When we moved in we had a typical rural house postage stamp garden with a cavity brick boundary wall separating us from our neighbours in our detached house. It was functional no doubt and standard issue low maintenance for housing estates but wasn’t the most attractive on the eye. Once I got my green fingers in action I decided to go for the decorative garden fencing option and choose wooden garden lattice fencing to cover the now irritating plain brick walls. I still needed garden stakes to secure to the wall and then mount my fencing. I got a bit carried away in the process and as we have a trampoline in the garden plus a dog I wanted to be able to cordon off the area to the trampoline so my young children couldn’t get on it if I wasn’t around plus the idea of being able to secure the dog behind a fence was quite appealing also! Even though he has tried to chew his way through the wood and is gradually making inroads.  I have garden gates at the back so I can lock these when needed and I did all the work myself and to be honest I actually enjoyed it.

It was an eye opener in terms of the cost of fencing wow and I only needed about 15 fencing panels and some garden stakes plus garden gates. I would recommend using gardening gloves when handling and lifting the fencing , school boy error the first few times and I spent some time picking splinters out of my fingers, lessons learned. Some friends of mine who were tight on money at the time did their entire garden landscaping including the garden fencing themselves by using bamboo plants that were growing wild in a neighbours garden and starting to take over. Bamboo is a strong and attractive material to make a fence from and hats off to them they saved a fortune and got a really pretty and natural looking garden border fencing.

Bamboo - a great option for cheap garden fencing

Bamboo – a great option for cheap garden fencing


If it’s cheap garden fencing that you are after or want to create something abstract or if you just need something functional to keep animals away from your vegetable patch you could try:

A Wooden fence: I’m sure everyone has bits of wood or timber lying round or if you were to take a trip to local construction site or even to some skips in your area outside houses you would soon find plenty of assorted wood to build your fence.

Construction: Yes that lovely bright orange plastic mesh fencing. You’ll be glad to hear it comes in other colours also like green and black; it is cheap and can be held up by a few garden stakes or solid bits of wood. Cheap and functional.

Stone Fencing: This might be more of a wall than a fence but effective and depending on the stone can be pretty and blend in nicely in the garden. Depending on the area that you live in stones could be plentiful or again a trip to a construction site could yield some great results. Always ask before you take.

The list goes on and a fence can be made of any solid material. The most obscure I have come across are fences made of wine bottles, old surf boards, skis, bicycle frames, car registration plates and believe it or not wardrobe doors. You can recycle old materials and use your own creativity to create a garden fence that is truly unique, at the end of the day it is your garden.

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