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Incorporating Fencing into Your Landscape Design

Why fencing is important in Landscape Design

There are so many types of fencing to choose from, so it is often challenging to know where to start… 

Gone were the days of fences having a sole use of securing perimeters. Style is now just as important as stability! 

To know which style of fence panel is right for you, start by asking yourself a few simple questions regarding look and functionality. 

What is the mainpurpose of the fence(s) you need? 

  • For style, or an aesthetic addition to your design? 
  • To provide privacy? 
  • To keep pets from straying? 
  • To provide a windbreak and shelter for plants? 
  • How much maintenance are the landowners willing to do? 
  • What is the budget? 

Once you have answered these questions, you can start to think of fence types that suit your requirements.  

Below are some fencing ideas and a complete list of all the main fence types we can supply and install for you. 

What is Closeboard Fencing? 

Also known as Featherboard or Feather Edge, Closeboard fencing uses vertical timber pales secured to horizontal timber rails. The rails are attached to a fence post (alternatively, the pales and rails are made into a panel which affixes to the post). The posts are tapered and overlapping to create a strong, solid, robust finish in traditional style for a timeless effect. 

This type of fencing is commonly used in back gardens – it is a medium budget option, neat and attractive, offering good privacy and providing some shelter from wind and frost to delicate shrubs.  

Close-board fencing is typically 6ft (1.8m) tall – It is worth keeping in mind that many local authorities have height restrictions on boundary fencing. 

Pros 

  • Ideal for residential gardens 
  • Robust and long-lasting 
  • Its height (usually 6ft) provides some security 
  • Provides privacy 
  • Deters intruders 
  • Good for pet-owners 
  • Offers shade and shelter for tender plants and shrubs 

Cons 

  • Can be expensive for a large garden 
  • Its closed-up boards can be buffeted by fierce winds, though it is stronger than a larch lap fence panel 
  • Maintenance required 
West End Fencing project

What is Larch-Lap Fencing? 

Larch-lap panels are one of the most cost-effective fencing solutions. Thinly sawn slats run horizontally across lap panels, with vertical battens to hold them in place. The panel is contained within a frame holding the slats together. Available in a range of heights, this style of fencing can often be accessorised to prevent it looking like it was chosen because of being the cheapest option -We are particularly fond of adding trellis toppers for aesthetics or extra privacy. Wooden gravel boards can be added to lift panels out of the damp. Stains and treatments are also available. 

Although offering good value, larch-lap panel fencing is not as robust as close-board fencing, being more prone to damage in high winds. 

Pros 

  • Suitable for most gardens 
  • Cheaper than close-board fencing 
  • Provides privacy 
  • Deters intruders 
  • Ideal for homes with pets 

Cons 

  • Not as robust or long-lasting as close board fencing 
  • Maintenance required to prolong the life of the timber 
  • Functional, but less attractive than other styles 
Minerva Heights Fencing project

What is Post and Rail Fencing? 

Post and Knee Rail fencing is a cost-effective solution often employed in rural locations to mark boundaries and for larger livestock. However, has more recently become popular in residential areas as an alternative to Picket Fencing. 

Comprised of solid timber posts and horizontal rails, there are three main variations: cleft, half-round, and square cut. One advantage of this fencing style is its ability to work on curving landscapes. 

For a look that’s traditional and decorative, Post and Rail is a great option for front gardens, where they give a home traditional kerb appeal. 

Pros 

  • A good option for front gardens 
  • Traditional, attractive aesthetic 
  • Provides a good boundary marker 
  • Allows light through / does not block your view 
  • Less prone to wind damage 

Cons 

  • Does not provide privacy 
  • Does not provide security 
  • Would not contain pets 
  • Will not provide protection for plants 
Ackender Hill, Chawton Park Road Project

What is Estate Fencing? 

The steel railings of the Estate style are associated with country parks but are equally suitable for more contemporary settings. Available in flat bar and tubular versions, Estate panels incorporate concealed anti-vandal fixings for additional security. With a welded pale-through-post construction, anti-trap gaps between pales, and heavy-duty infills for post ends, Estate railings provide security and an appealing, flexible aesthetic. 

Pros 

  • A good option for front gardens 
  • Contemporary, attractive aesthetic 
  • Provides a good boundary marker 
  • Allows light through / does not block your view 
  • Strong, sturdy, less prone to damage 

Cons 

  • Does not provide privacy 
  • Does not provide security 
  • Would not contain smaller pets 
  • Will not provide protection for plants 
Maulden Ridge, Maulden Project

What is Paladin Fencing? 

Made from welded steel wire mesh panels Paladin fencing provides an innovative and unique appearance. Paladin fencing offers both decorative style with security.

We recommend using Paladin fencing for schools, retail and industrial parks. It is regularly specified for a wide range of uses where an aesthetically pleasing appearance is essential.

Pros 

  • Great for recreational areas such as sports/leisure facilities and schools 
  • Provides a good boundary marker 
  • Allows light through / does not block your view 
  • Deters intruders 

Cons 

  • Does not provide privacy  
  • Will not provide protection for plants 
O&D Epsom Project

What is Palisade Fencing? 

When higher levels of security are required for demarcation, riveted Palisade fencing is a popular choice. Vertical steel pales are secured to horizontal rails to form panels that are affixed to RSJ (rolled steel joist) support posts. Available with either concrete in or bolt-down fixings, Palisade fencing is also an effective solution for garden frontages. 

Pros 

  • Great for businesses that house things of value 
  • Provides security  
  • Great visual deterrent for intruders  
  • Strong and sturdy 

Cons 

  • Doesn’t provide privacy 
  • Not aesthetically appealing 
  • Won’t provide protection for plants
Weybridge Fencing Project

What is Site Hoarding Fencing? 

Temporary hoarding panels are the perfect choice to create secure perimeter fences around large developments during construction works. (They are also used for demolition works, as well as at large events such as festivals).  

Archway’s hoarding panels are made of timber and 18ml ply, secured to 225 x 75 mm posts, providing maximum safety and privacy on site. Site hoarding is the ideal solution for preventing for preventing unauthorised access and protecting the public. The panels are quickly erected and can be painted in line with client branding. 

Pros 

  • Provides security  
  • Provides Privacy 
  • Provides Wind Protection 
  • Can be painted or branded for businesses/events 
  • Quick to install 

Cons 

  • Temporary 
  • Although this fencing is a cost-effective solution, you are likely to have to replace with permanent fencing when the project is finished 
  • Looks industrial/not aesthetically pleasing 
Ackender Hill, Chawton Park Road Project

What is Deer Fencing (Post and Wire)? 

Used for all kinds of livestock including cattle, horses, sheep, and pigs, and to keep out wild animals such as deer, rabbits, foxes and badgers, Post and Wire fencing is very flexible. Using wire netting affixed to posts, there are many varieties depending on your requirements. Your main choices are of wire strength (mild or high tensile), mesh pattern (8-80-15 is popular, with 8-line wires making an 80cm high fence, and vertical wires 15cm apart) and knot type (hinge joint, X fence and forge knot). 

Pros 

  • Great for livestock 
  • Flexible so can accommodate a range of perimeter shapes 
  • Versatile regarding strength, size, and style 

Cons 

  • Does not provide privacy 
  • Does not provide security 
  • Will not provide protection for plants 

We see fencing as the frame for the landscaping artwork within. 

And as with art, it is essential the style of the frame complements the work it holds! 

For more information on our range of durable, stylish products and materials, contact us today and we will help you to find the perfect aesthetic for your unique development. 

Chichester Fencing Project