The sun is shining again, the nights are starting to draw out. Climbers that cling on to the fences are putting out shoots. So now is the time for action on two fronts. Firstly, now is a good time to prune back any dead wood from last year’s growth. Secondly, carry out a basic survey of your gardens, have a good look at the fences. Fences are important as they should clearly define the boundary with your neighbour’s property. They also provide security to your home. If you have a timber post and panel fence check the posts, are they rotten, are they no longer upright? If so then they need to be replaced. It’s best to make sure that you buy new posts that are two feet longer than the height of the fence panels. If you’re not very good at mixing concrete then try using Metapost spikes or similar.
Are the panels still upright or have the winter winds caused them to lean. If the posts are concrete, like timber, they don’t last for ever. Quite often the posts crack and the concrete comes off exposing the steel rods which expand due to rust. Again the posts will need to be replaced and concreted in. Clearly defined boundaries help to set off your house and create a positive impression if you’re trying to sell it.
Catch up on earlier posts in this series