Wooden fencing brings security and privacy to a garden. It can create shade for plants and act as a screen to protect fragile plants from wind damage. Fencing is also commonly used to mark property boundaries. Lawn edging refers to items designed to define and maintain the edges of lawns. These can also be used on flowerbeds and borders.
Traditional fence panels
There are many different wooden fencing options. An overlap fence panel, for example, also known as a traditional lap panel, has overlapping slats of wood nailed horizontally across a wooden frame structure. A feather edge fence panel, sometimes referred to as a close board panel, has straight sided pieces, often with a profile that is roughly the shape of a slender triangle.
Panels with curves
Fence panels featuring curves have an arguably more decorative character. Arched top panels have rounded upper portions. Arched pail or pailing panels have arches formed from vertical members called pails, which is like a vertical version of a rail. The Omega lattice wooden panel features an arched panel above which sits an arched trellis. When side by side with other similar panels, it forms a wavy line reminiscent of waves on the sea.
A border edging of half round logs is fixed to structural laths to which integrated stakes are attached. To fix them in place around the edges of lawns or flowerbeds, you simply hammer the stakes into the ground. Use a mallet, rather than a hammer, to prevent accidental marking of the stake tops. Dome top edging is a very similar product, except the individual wooden members are flat, rather than half round, with a curved, or domed top.
Railways sleepers are very suitable for lawn edging, and you have a choice between new or used ones. Used railway sleepers will give your garden an instant "lived-in" feel whereas new ones have a brightness and freshness some people prefer. On a practical level, while railway sleepers will keep the edges of your lawn straight, you may have to use a strimmer to cut the couple of inches of grass nearest to the sleepers, where your lawnmower can't reach.
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