Natural garden fencing can be interpreted in a number of different ways. It can be anything from a few panels of willow screening to a more extreme plant based fencing system. However whatever look you go for, you will want to consider a few things.
Take into account the size and shape of your garden, other items such as furniture, and the time and effort you are willing to put in, to help you decide what kind of natural fencing works for you.
Natural fencing can offer you the privacy and protection you need, as well as the stylish look it delivers. So let’s explore what your actual options are for creating natural fencing in your garden.
Garden Screening & Hurdles
You can find garden hurdles and screening produced from a number of different materials. They are one of the easiest ways to achieve natural fencing in your garden as they are available in panel and roll form.
Hurdles traditionally have a great reputation in the agricultural world as they are extremely effective at penning livestock and separating land in open field systems.
Nowadays hurdles are a popular choice for many people’s back gardens and can be used for a number of different purposes. Garden hurdles are effective at creating privacy as they can act as screening between short hedgerows. As well as bordering your garden, hurdles can divide areas in your garden that you want to keep quiet and away from the chaos of busy life.
Garden hurdles also do a great job at disguising unsightly features like bins and drawing attention to areas that you want to show off such as decking and vegetable beds. What’s more, the small gaps in between the weave on hurdles keep them standing up-right even in the highest winds.
Materials to Choose
Hazel hurdles are constructed using strips of real hazel that are either fully formed or split. Alternatively, you could opt for willow hurdles, made by weaving strips of willow horizontally through spaced out vertical willow poles.
Other natural fencing options include bamboo screens, which are ideal for making attractive borders when coupling with existing fencing. Use bamboo to heighten fencing or cover it by stapling it in place and onto the posts. Or how about keeping it free standing? Just use peeled and treated stakes, and wire to tie it together.
Reed screening and heather screening are also options worthwhile considering. They offer the same advantages as bamboo screening but are slightly different in style.
Plant & Flower Fencing
If you really fancy getting back to nature with your fencing, you could consider a plant based solution such as a hedge. Hedge fencing can look very impressive and is a great option for wildlife friendly gardens.
Creating plant or hedge fencing however requires commitment and patience. It won’t just appear overnight. If you like the look of plant fencing but would prefer a quicker and easier option, consider adding trellis panels to the top of your existing fencing.
Alternatively, you can look for continental style fence panels that already have a trellis panel built on to the top. You can then use the structure of the trellis panels to grow your climbing plants, covering as little or as much of the fencing as you like!
So how do you plan on creating natural fencing in your garden? Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary style, there will be a natural fencing solution for you.