It is never too late or too early to do some winter fence maintenance. The winter fence maintenance is a great way to prepare your fence for spring. The less you have to do in the spring will be a bonus for you.
At Fence Armor® we know a lot about winter fence maintenance. You could say we are experts in fence protection with our combined experience of over 50 years. We love to share our expertise and help our clients get the most from their fence and deck areas.
Maintaining proper maintenance through the winter can make a big difference when you prepare your fence for spring. To make the spring and early summer easier in the garden, we put together a few helpful tips.
Included on our list of winter fence maintenance tasks to prepare for spring is:
- Get an early start with the winter fence maintenance
- Keeping the areas around the fence clean and weed-free
- Do any necessary repairs and replacements
- Installing Fence Armor® is always a good idea
Let’s take a closer look at each point on the list.
Get an early start with the winter fence maintenance
Getting an early start allows you to go at your own pace and get ahead of the work. Take time when inspecting your fence. It is essential to check over every post and rail to keep the fence safe.
Give each post a good shake and make sure it stands firm in the ground. A winter storm can weaken the structure, so check the posts regularly during the season. Also, put your foot on the rails. Tighten up any loose ones and replace the cracked and weak rails.
It is never too early to get a start on winter fence maintenance. Even if you only do a couple of hours at the weekend, it helps prepare your fence for spring.
Keeping the areas around the fence clean and weed-free
If the rest of your yard is a mess, it can cause damage to your fence. During the winter, the high winds will catch loose debris that can smash into the fence. Tidy away that loose furniture, old lumber, the barbecue, and the kid’s trampoline. Fence protection is easier with a bit of prevention.
Do not make the mistake of building a log pile close to the fence. Cut logs and branches are great places for termites and insects to breed. Over the winter, they will make their way into any weak spots in the fence and get to work. Come spring and summer, you may have a big problem on your hands.
Get stuck into keeping weeds and plants under control. Ivy and other climbers can do a lot of damage if not cut back. Branches rubbing off the wood can remove paint and sealer.
Do what you can in the winter to prepare your fence for spring.
Do the necessary repairs and replacements
If you notice any damage, then do something about it. Do not ignore a broken post or rail and hope it will last through to spring. Chances are the damage will spread and put the fence at risk.
When the wind blows or the cold weather kicks in, you will be surprised how quickly a fence deteriorates. Your spring and summer could be a hectic time with fence repairs if you ignore them for the winter.
Whether it be at the beginning of the winter or spring, it is always time for a broken fence or post replacement.
Installing Fence Armor® is always a good idea
Have you considered installing Fence Armor® Post Guards during the winter fence maintenance routine? The protection it gives to fence posts next spring is invaluable. You do not want to be rushing around installing Fence Armor® once grass cutting begins in the warmer months.
Fence Armor® Post Guards are American-made of 100% recyclable G-90, 22-gauge American galvanized steel. They are designed to give fence protection through harsh winters and protect against your garden tools like rakes, shovels, and lawn trimmers. The damage caused to fence posts by trimmers can let water seep into the wood. Over the winter it will expand and crack the posts. Post Guards prevent any such damage.
When you start on the spring garden maintenance, you will need fence protection against any nicks, cuts, and slices from the equipment. Installing Post Guards in the winter means you can prepare your fence for spring.
Fence Armor® is a year-round product designed to extend the life of your fence posts while keeping them looking their best.
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At Fence Armor® we know about winter fence maintenance. Our products can help you get a head start and prepare your fence for spring. Ask our experts for advice. Call us today for all your fence protection needs.
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