I own a landscape supply company and have done fairly well over the years. Until recently, security was never an issue, but then, I had two thefts occur. Someone had stolen mulch and gravel from my supplies. I knew that it was time for me to get serious about increasing security to prevent it from happening a third time. I talked with a fencing contractor about what type of fencing would help improve security without taking away from the pleasant appearance of the grounds. My blog will tell you how we accomplished the increased security using a beautiful new fence.
An ornamental fence is great to look at when its cared for properly. However, when the fence is neglected, issues with rust and discoloration can cause the fence to look worn and damaged. While a proper installation is essential, how you care for your fence, even as it pertains to your landscaping, is important. Learn what landscaping mistakes you should avoid in order to protect your fence.
Regularly trim away any vegetation that grows around the fence. Be on the lookout for all growths, but especially vines. Some people enjoy the unique look vegetation creates when it wraps around a fence; however, it's unclear if people understand the potential dangers involved. Ornamental fences are designed with a paint and powder coating that is intended to safeguard the metal from exposure to the elements.
The organic matter found in many plants can target the paint and powder coating and cause it to deteriorate. Once the protective layers expose the metal, the metal is subject to all sorts of damage, including rust. Regularly trimming weeds and other growths can help you avoid this issue.
If you rely on sprinklers to water your lawn, make sure you are mindful of their direction. Poorly aligned sprinklers are costly because they don't water your lawn properly, but the sprinklers can also damage your fence. First, the force of a sprinkler is much different than the force of the rain. If the sprinkler hits the same spot over and over, it could eventually damage the fence's protective layer.
Second, if you water the lawn frequently, this practice also means that the fence will have moisture on it more often. Even a professional powder coat and paint application can start to wear away when it's exposed to moisture frequently. Check the direction of your sprinklers to ensure they are not targeting your fence.
Be mindful when installing plants around an ornamental fence. While you can install plants around the fence, try to avoid installing plants that grow fast and that will require frequent trimming. If you use a powered device to trim these plants, there is always the possibility that you could nick the fence with one of the blades.
When you nick the fence, you will undoubtedly damage its protective layer. If you must plant bushes or other fast-growing plants around the fence, make sure you take your time during the trimming process.
Keep all of the information mentioned above in mind to keep your fence looking better, longer. For additional care tips, contact a commercial ornamental steel fencing professional.