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Why a Fence Is Better Than a Hedge for Your Garden

If you have a garden, you might be thinking about either erecting a fence or adding some hedges to add a bit of visual flair. The only thing is that you can’t make up your mind whether or not you want to put up a fence or a hedge. The truth is that both of them have their advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately you’d be better off with a fence.

Pros and Cons of Putting Up a Fence

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One of the biggest benefits of deciding to put up a fence around your garden is that you’ll instantly have the boarder you’re looking for as opposed to having to wait for hedges to grow. If you choose the right materials to make your fence, you won’t have to worry about taking out as much time to properly maintain it by applying water sealant, spraying it off for dust and dirt and pressure washing it to keep it from changing colors. Another added benefit of a fence is that offers more security than a hedge, so you’ll be able to keep out rabbits and other critters that might like to eat or dig up what you’ve got growing in your garden.

One of the benefits of deciding on a fence as opposed to a hedge is that a fence can cost you more, depending on what materials you get to build it. With a high quality fence made with high quality materials, you won’t have to worry about it quickly deteriorating and needing regular repair, which will cost you more money.

Pros and Cons of a Hedge

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With a hedge, you might like how the color and shape better compliments your garden, and you might like how they aren’t as expensive as fences. Some gardeners like the natural look and feel of a hedge as well. Some of the downsides of choosing to put up a hedge instead of a fence is that hedges take a long time to grow and you have to trim them every year, which you might want a professional to do if you’d like for your hedges to be cut in a certain style. If you do let someone else trim your hedges, that’s a service that you’ll have to pay for. Another bad things about hedges is that they can leach moisture and nutrients out of your garden, making it so that you have to spend more time tending to your garden and spending money on extra nutrients in order to compensate for what the hedges leech away.

The Best of Both Worlds

If you can’t decide between a hedge and fence, you can put up both. This way you’ll have the security of a fence and the sheer aesthetic appeal of a hedge bordering your garden. With a hedge, you have to think about what kind of buds will grow on the hedge if any. You want the hedge’s buds to complement the colors of your garden rather than clash with those colors. You might find it easier to simply match the color of your fence with the color of your house. Most people like a simple brown color for their fence, which goes well with a majority of the colors found in your garden.

Materials

If you do decide to build a fence around your garden, you might want to look into a hand-built fence as opposed to a pre-made fence. The reason for this is that hand-built fences tend to be much more durable and stronger than pre-made fences. You’ll also have the option of making a hand-built fence fit the size of your garden. Most homeowners find that pre-made fences hardly ever fit the way that you’d like for them to, which means that you have to go through the frustration of cutting them yourself in order for them to properly fit around your garden.

For your choices for hedges, most homeowners prefer laurel, yew and native hedge. Laurel is liked because of its lustrous color and its ability to take on a variety of conditions, including wet, dry, shady and sunny. The only problem with yew is that it can take a while to establish and it doesn’t do well in moist soil. While native hedge isn’t very expensive, it’s not evergreen.

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Even though a fence might be more expensive for you to put up around your garden, it will serve as security as well as a border around your garden. Spending more money on a fence now can save you more money latter on with trimming your hedges, waiting for them to grow and worrying about the hedge stealing nutrients and moisture from your garden.

 

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