How to Care for a Cedar Wood Fence

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How to Care for a Cedar Wood Fence
Ensure a long lifespan for your cedar fence with proper maintenance. (overlap panel image by leafy from

Cedar is a durable and resilient wood that can withstand a lot of wear and tear brought on by the weather elements. A cedar fence provides beauty and privacy to the exterior of any home. Cedar fences are low-maintenance, although specific care is required to keep the fence in good condition. Cleaning and general maintenance is necessary to preserve cedar wood fences. If cared for properly, a cedar fence will remain attractive and structurally sound for many years to come.

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Things you need

  • Waterproofing wood sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Oxygen bleach
  • ¼ cup non-ammonia dish soap
  • Garden sprayer
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket

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    Set the fence posts directly into the ground during installation. Avoid having the posts set into concrete, which will improve water drainage around the posts. Install the boards of the fence at least two inches from the ground to prevent the wood from rotting.

  2. 2

    Apply a waterproofing sealer to the cedar fence to protect the wood from splintering, cracking and warping due to the weather elements. Brush on two thin coats of waterproofing sealer using a paint brush. Allow the sealer to dry in between coats. Seal your cedar fence every three to five years.

  3. 3

    Avoid letting excessive amounts of water hit the fence. Preventing rainwater from getting on the fence is impractical. Do not place sprinklers where the water stream hits the fence, even after applying a sealer.

  4. 4

    Keep bushes and vines from growing up the fence. Planting landscaping around the perimeter of the fence is fine. Cut down weeds and vines that may begin to grow on the surface of the fence.

  5. 5

    Clean your cedar fence at least once every year. Combine 3 qts. warm water, 1 qt. oxygen bleach and ¼ cup non-ammonia dish soap into a garden sprayer. Saturate the fence with the cleaning solution. Allow it to set on the fence for about 10 minutes. Scrub any tough stains from the fence with a scrub brush. Rinse the fence clean with plain water from a garden hose.

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    Remove mould and mildew stains promptly. Mold and mildew will eat away at the wood if left untreated. Mix a solution of 118ml. oxygen bleach and 1 gallon of hot water into a bucket. Scrub the mould and mildew from the fence with the cleaning solution and a stiff scrub brush. Rinse the fence with plain water.

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