Ideas for a Rustic Garden Fence

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Ideas for a Rustic Garden Fence
Don't cage your flowers in iron bars. (Garden image by TC from

You've designed your garden to be a naturalistic retreat. Plan a rustic fence to delineate it in a way that adds unobtrusive beauty to the space. Select local materials when possible to give your fencing an organic aesthetic, and stick with earth tones such as brown, grey or even green for a harmonious appearance. Although many rustic fence construction methods are straightforward and suitable for do-it-yourself projects. they can be labour intensive and time-consuming, so consider enlisting your friends and family for such a project or engaging a landscape designer.

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Wattle-Weave Fence

Gather sapling branches and weave them into a functional and rustic garden fence. Choose flexible sapling branches -- willow branches work well -- and recreate British wattle work, weaving the branches in and out among wooden posts like a basket. You can weave as many or as few branches as you like for a customised design. The old-fashioned wattle fence will be a handsome and functional border for your garden.

Ideas for a Rustic Garden Fence
Weave sapling branches in and out of fence posts like a basket for a wattle fence. (textured counry hurdle of brown rods image by fotosergio from

Stone Fence

Gather native stones of varying sizes, or purchase stones from a quarry or landscape design centre. Because stone walls are traditionally built without mortar, this is an organic process of placing the stones in an interlocking pattern. This ancient method of fencing gives your garden a historic air. Plant ivy or another creeping vine along the wall to incorporate your new stone fence into the landscape seamlessly.

Ideas for a Rustic Garden Fence
Adorn your garden with a handmade stone fence. (stone wall image by Heng kong Chen from

Cedar Brush

Rather than using treated lumber and getting a prefabricated look, request axe-split cedar from your lumberyard or see if a firewood outlet would rough cut cedar planks to order. This termite-resistant wood with a burnished red hue may be ideal for your garden. Set cedar posts, drill holes at your joints and assemble with screws in a split-rail fence pattern. This simple design will enhance your garden's border without detracting from the beauty of your plantings.

Rustic Picket Fence

Instead of the classically suburban white fence with its toothlike spikes, select a rough wood and build a picket fence of natural, unstained wood. See if your lumberyard offers a rough-cut wood as an alternative to planed lumber. After you build your fence, allow the unstained wood to weather in the elements and take on a muted grey colour in keeping with the rustic aesthetic of your garden space.

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