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Fencing for your Front Garden: The Importance of Getting it Right

Posted on February 08,2019 by Charlie Stimpson.

Often unlike our back gardens, our front gardens often tend to be a bit of a neglected space. It’s true that many of us don’t have the sweeping driveways lined with an avenue of trees that our hearts might ultimately desire, however even the smallest of front garden spaces can be spruced up with good front garden design and excellent quality fencing.

Kerb Appeal

Your front garden is your home’s first impression. However, your kerb appeal is a lot more than just keeping it neat and tidy. Adding smart wooden fencing and gates to your front garden will instantly smarten the space and increase the security of your home.

Smart picket fencing is the traditional choice, although many people are opting to let the natural colour and grain of the wood shine through rather than painting it white. As an alternative, how about trellis fence panels? These offer greater privacy, particularly if you’re planning on growing climbing plants against them.

Don’t forget that kerb appeal doesn’t just stop at enclosing your border; how about creating a wheelie bin store, or even a log store if required, from good quality fence panels, to keep unsightly bins and logs out of view?

Border Patrol

Of course, good quality fencing will also delineate your property’s border. Not only is this an excellent security and privacy measure, but by maintaining good quality fencing on your property border your neighbours will be pleased that the border of their property is instantly smartened, too. It also means that you have a clear boundary for the likes of parking your car and keeping bins on site.

Getting it Right

Remember that if you’re fencing in an area which directly borders a public highway, you should check any height restrictions or covenants imposed on fencing both with your local planning authority and on your property’s deeds. Most local authorities will not allow you to erect a fence which is higher than a metre if it is on the boundary of a public highway, including a pedestrian footpath.

Furthermore, some properties, including listed properties, those on leasehold land or those in a protected area, have covenants imposed on the property which can mean that fences are not allowed to be erected on property borders, so it’s important to check your deeds to see whether this applies to you.

Similarly, if you’re going for a complete front garden redesign, you may not be allowed to remove certain trees or pave it completely. Because of all of these factors, it’s a wise idea to contact a local garden design company and / or professional fencing company to carry out the work. They will be able to advise you of what you can and can’t do, as well as give options for making your front garden work for you in other ways.

If you’re looking to smarten the look of you front garden, speak to D&G Fencing. We have plenty of experience of fencing gardens in Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch, meaning that we can help you to get it right.