Winter is starting to hit us, and hit us fast. The colder weather is bringing rain, frost, and soon, snow will be falling, too. It’s vital that you prepare your property’s fences so that they can withstand the potential damage that winter can inflict. The last thing you want is a rotting or cracking fence that will need expensive repairs come spring. Thankfully, there are several quick and easy ways that you can protect your fences from the bad weather!
Don’t Let Leaves Pile Up
When piles of leaves attach themselves to the bottom of your fences, they could damage the wood in the colder months. This is because the leaves lock in moisture around your fence, which can cause the posts to warp. In the case of metal fences, they can even cause rust. These leaf piles also attract animals looking for shelter, so if you leave the piles of leaves for too long, you could find yourself with some unwanted guests when you next decide to clean up around the perimeter of your house.
Cut Back Overhanging Tree Limbs
As beautiful as trees are, they do require a little bit of maintenance. If you have neighbours, make sure you check with them before you cut back any trees that aren’t in your own boundaries. Overhanging limbs can bring higher volumes of water to your fence line. In the cold weather, this can cause a thick build-up of ice that will irreparably damage your fence over winter. Trim back trees ahead of the rainy and snowy periods, and your fences should be fine.
Don’t Leave Anything Resting On Your Fence
A lot of us like to decorate our gardens during the year. But, in the winter, these decorations, or pieces of equipment that have been left unattended, can be buried by ice and snow. Once this happens, the ice and snow can damage your fence, and you may even end up ruining the decorations and equipment that you have, too. Not only would you need to replace the items damaged, you’d have to repair your fence, too.
Clean And Stain Your Wooden Fences
Clean your fences, and the spaces that are in between the posts, and then apply a coat of protective oil-based stain. This protective finish should be applied before winter and reapplied every year to keep your fence protected against moisture build-up and any other related damages that can occur during the colder months.
Shore Up The Weak Spots Of Your Fence
If you see any weak spots in your fence – such as damaged pickets, protruding or bent nails, decaying posts, or rust – shore them up. This will help your fence stand up to the wet and cold weather that comes in winter, before you can fix up your fence properly in the spring. Fences that are already in a bad condition before the icy weather hits can suffer much more as the winter season goes on. By shoring up the weak spots, you can help save your fence.
At JB Landscaping, we love the bad weather, because it means we can replace all of those beaten up and worn out fences. Our team are still available to replace individual panels or whole fences that have been caught in the gusts. To book your time slot, just get in touch with us today.