Cheap Boundary Fence Ideas: What Are My Options?
Whether your garden is large or small, we all need to be able to mark out our own personal space.
This is the case for the front garden or the back garden and if you are thinking about improving the outdoor space around your home, you might want to consider how you will mark the boundary of your property.
The days of the picket fence and the prefabricated panel fences are coming to an end and there are so many other ideas that you can choose that will complement your home, make it look more attractive and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
It is known that a great looking outside space around your home can be a huge improvement to the value of your home.
Some studies have indicated that a usable outside space and attractive garden can add as much as 20% to the value of your home.
So even if you are on a small budget, you are still able to make a great investment.
You will not usually need to ask permission to remove any existing fence, unless you are going to restrict lines of sight for drivers. If there is any doubt, you should contact your local planning permission office just to be sure
Do I Need Planning Permission For My Garden Boundary?
Whether it is a fence, a hedge or rows of trees, your garden boundary needs to meet the rules that are in place for your property. Your first port of call is to carefully check the deeds of your property to ensure that you don’t have any restriction in place.
Front gardens in particular may need to remain entirely open or the structure needs to be low. This is likely to be detailed on your deeds.
Even if there are no rules set out in your deeds you still need to take the following planning permission rules into account.
You will need to apply for planning permission if:
● Your fence or wall will be more than 1 metre high, and next the the pathway or road.
● The boundary will be more than 2 metres high and anywhere on your property.
● There is a specific planning condition in place relating to your property.
● Your home is listed or in a conservation area.
● Your fence or wall forms a boundary between your home and another home that is listed.
You will not usually need to ask permission to remove any existing fence, or if you are growing a hedge, unless it is going to restrict lines of sight for drivers. If there is any doubt, you should contact your planning permission office just to be sure.
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Garden Boundaries: What Are My Options?
Option 1: Fences:
You have so many options when it comes to fences and the cost of each will depend entirely on whether you are able to build it yourself.
You can buy cheap panels from the D.I.Y store that are attached to posts in the ground, or you can use individual lengths of timber to create more interesting designs. You do need to create a good base for the structure or they might just fall over in the first harsh winds of the Winter.
Option 2: Walls:
You can create a beautiful wall in your garden through the use of bricks and blocks. If you choose reclaimed bricks, you could do this quite cheaply; however, a knowledge of how to build a good solid wall is required.
A wall is going to last longer than most fences, and could be a good investment.
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Option 3: Soft Barriers:
These include ideas such as: bamboo screening, lattice and other more open structures. These are very cheap to buy ready-made from D.I.Y and garden centres, but they also can be built yourself. These are lightweight, and, therefore, are easier to install.
The wind passes through them, so they are less likely to fail in bad weather. They may not last as long as other options, but they are certainly a cheaper option. You can also use wimple wires to create a barrier, and then grow trailing plants across this to soften it and make it look more interesting.
Option 4: Hedges:
You can plant hedges along almost any border of your property and they will grow relatively quickly. The initial plants are quite cheap to buy and there is little preparation required apart from a good soil.
You will need to continually maintain your hedges to prevent them growing too high, but you have control over this. You can also choose hedges that provide colour and even flowers.
Option 5: Plants And Trees:
There are many garden plants that can form effective barriers, including: all kinds of tall grasses, topiary trees, leylandii, other evergreen trees and even rose bushes.
These are all great for front gardens where you might want to have a softer or more ornamental look.
Always buy the best fence posts you can afford. They are the part of the fence that will last longer than the rest, and they allow you to replace panels, rather than rebuild the entire structure from scratch
Creating A Border For Your Driveway: 4 Key Considerations
Sometimes it isn’t necessarily the border of your property that you want to delineate, but the edges of your driveway.
If you have decided to install a resin bound driveway due to its superior ability to absorb water, you want to ensure that the borders of this driveway retain its shape and enhance how it looks.
These types of borders can include small walls, paving stones and planted borders that include low growing plants that add extra colour, and the perfect place for water run-off.
Whether you want something that forms a simple backdrop to your garden, or a distinctive fence that stands out, the options on offer are practically endless!
Here’s 4 vital things to remember when creating your garden boundary:
● The ground where you are installing your boundary needs to be correctly prepared, including: removing rubble, and creating the right soil for growing hedges and plants.
● You may need to build a trench for a wall and to install posts deep into the ground using concrete to keep them in place securely.
● Buy the best fence posts you can afford. They are the part of the fence that will last longer than the rest, and they allow you to replace panels, rather than rebuild the entire structure. Concrete posts will last longer. If you use wooden posts – choose pressure treated options.
● Bear in mind the ongoing maintenance of your boundary structure. Plants and trees and hedges will need to be regularly trimmed, and maybe replaced as they die. The fences may need to be painted; you need to factor this into your budget as well.
Choosing a cheap and easy boundary wall, fence or hedge can be easier than you might think. Whether you want something that forms a simple backdrop to your garden, or something that adds to the overall look, you will be spoiled for choice in the number of cheap garden options you have-the only limit is your imagination!