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Planting Border Landscaping This Spring? Take Care To Protect Your Wooden Fencing

By creating moisture problems and attracting pests, landscaping can do damage if it's installed too close to your wooden fencing. Knowing how to protect your fencing can help you maintain your fence and ensure its structural integrity during the growing season. Follow these tips to achieve the landscaping look that you want while ensuring the protection of your wooden fence.

Repaint Or Touch Up Your Fencing's Finish

Before installing your landscaping, touch up or reseal the finish on your wooden fence. This way your wooden fence will have adequate protection to make it through the long spring and summer months. Completing this task before landscaping is installed will ensure that you have complete access to the fence and all its parts.

Keep Vines Away From Wood

Vines hold in moisture and will quickly degrade the protective finish on the fence. If you're hoping to grow vines on your property this spring, train your vines to grow away from your wooden fencing. To give your vines a safe place to grow, install an archway, trellis or pergola away from the fence. Prune your vines frequently and wrap tendrils around these structures to keep them away from your fence.

Avoid planting aggressive vines like wisteria, as these plants will seek out surfaces to climb and training them to grow away from the fence may be difficult--even with an archway nearby.

Provide Space Between Shrubs And Wooden Pickets

Like vines, shrubs can create a humid environment around your wooden fence if they're installed too close. Find out the expected size of the shrubs you wish to plant, then plant them a far enough distance from the fence that they're unlikely to touch the wood.

Dress Up Your Fence Base With Short Flowers

If you're dead set on planting something close enough to your fence that it will touch the wood, plant small annual flowers, like pansies or marigolds. These plants won't trap moisture against your fence like vines and shrubs, and when they die at the end of the growing season, you'll have a chance to re-seal or re-paint your fence if it's needed.

Install Irrigation Pointed Away From Your Fence

Never point a sprinkler at your wooden fence, as the spray of water will damage the wood in short order. If you're installing an irrigation system, keep the spray pointed away from the fence, so your fence will stay relatively dry throughout the growing season.

Avoid Using Wooden Mulch At Your Fence's Base

Wooden mulch attracts wood-eating pests and can also contribute to fungus problems on nearby wooden structures. If you're installing wooden mulch in your border landscaping, keep it several inches away from the base of the fence. If you want the mulch to butt up against the fence, consider installing rock mulch as an alternative.

For more information about how you can safely install border landscaping around your wooden fence this spring, contact a fencing contractor. He or she can tell you which landscaping features may interfere with your fencing, and which landscaping features are safe to use. If you're interested in learning more, click "go to site" now.