A dog relaxing in front of a hit and miss fence

Because you have so many details to think about, it can be hard to know what you need for the perfect garden fence. 

On the one hand, you can get a trellis fence to make your garden look decorative, but this would not give your garden much privacy. On the other hand, a good Larch Lap fence would provide excellent privacy but may not prove a strong choice in a windy area. 

Knowing what you are looking at and understanding what styles of fences are good for what, is paramount to finding the fence that your garden needs the most. Here at Last Lawn Projects, we have been installing fences for a long time so we understand the importance of getting it right, that is why we have put together information to help you decide which style best suits your garden. 

Consider First

With so many types of fences available to you, it is best to begin your search with an idea of what you need. You will want to consider the purpose behind needing a garden fence. 

  • Is its purpose to give you more privacy?
  • Do you need to keep your pets inside the garden?
  • Are you looking for something stylish to spruce up your space?
  • Does it need to act as a windbreaker for your plants?
  • Does it need to support the growth of some plants?

It may be that you want your fence to accomplish a few of these things. By understanding the purpose of your fence, you will find yourself in the best position to find one that suits your needs and your budget. 

Styles of Garden Fence

A fence is not something you really notice until you are in the market for one. Then you start to notice the many different types that people have. As you walk around your neighbourhood you may see featherboard, picket, slatted, and larch lap. These are some of the more common fence types and they all have different strengths and weaknesses. 

You may also see woven fences, hit and miss fencing, trellis topped fencing or even decorative fencing. While not as common they have their own special differences that make them worth considering. 

Here is what you need to know about some of the styles available. 

Featherboard

Featherboard or Closeboard style fence.

Also known as Closeboard fencing, this is an attractive solid panel fence. They are strong and solid, constructed vertically with an overlap. This fencing style is often tall making it the ideal choice for a back garden.

Pros

  • The perfect option if you are seeking a fence that gives privacy. 
  • Pets are not going to be able to squeeze through the gaps. 
  • Not the easiest fence to climb which deters intruders. 
  • A great windbreaker.
  • Provides plenty of shade.

Cons

  • A strong wind can cause buffeting issues. 

Slatted

This is a contemporary option if you are looking for a fence design that is sleek that lets light in. Instead of having planks of wood that reach for the sky, this style uses horizontal slats that leave a slight gap between each piece. This design has often been said to make your garden look longer. 

Pros

  • Decent wind resistance due to the gaps.
  • A stylish look for the garden.
  • Light can reach your plants through this fence. 
  • This style of fence is available in a range of heights. 
  • Suitable for most pets. 

Cons

  • Those gaps reduce the amount of privacy you receive from this fence. 
  • Weeds can grow through this fence. 

Picket

A traditional Picket Fence

A fence from the traditional homes of the past. Also known as Timber Palisade fencing, this is the fence that you would see on the cover of a Victorian novel or in the background of a black and white movie. It brings a decorative vintage feel to your garden. 

Pros

  • Resistant to wind damage. 
  • Attractive with its traditional look. 
  • Let’s light through to the garden.

Cons

  • Not a security option. Easy to climb, often quite low. 
  • Doesn’t give any privacy.
  • Small pets can get through the gaps.

Larch Lap

Larch Lap Panelling is a featherboard style fence with a big difference. While the featherboard fence is vertical, Larch Lap fencing is horizontal. It offers much the same as featherboard fencing with a few small differences. 

Pros

  • Provides plenty of privacy.
  • Pets are not going to be able to squeeze through the gaps. 
  • Not the easiest fence to climb, so it deters intruders. 
  • A great windbreaker.
  • Provides plenty of shade.
  • Makes the garden look longer. 

Cons

  • A strong wind can cause buffeting issues. Note: Between featherboard and Larch Lap, featherboard is the stronger design when it comes to wind resistance. 

Hit and Miss

Hit and Miss Fence

Hit and Miss is a fence style that has been increasing in popularity due to its timeless design. It is a fencing style used both in traditional gardens and modern gardens. The idea behind a hit and miss fence is that a wide plank of wood is put on one side, then another plank of wood is put on the other side. The method then repeats until you have your desired height. With this approach, you have gaps in the fence, which you need for stronger wind resistance, but you also have privacy. 

Pros

  • Attractive design both inside and outside the garden.
  • Good Security. 
  • Great Privacy.
  • Choose between vertical and horizontal boards.
  • Perfect to keep pets inside.  

Cons

  • Maintenance. Painting/varnishing the inside boards is going to be tricky once it’s set up. 
  • Weeds can get tangled through the gaps.
  • Horizontal boards are easier to climb.

Other Fencing Needs

Once you know what fence you need there are a few other things you need to take into consideration. 

  1. The Posts.

Posts come in Timber, Concrete, and Steel options. You need to decide what best fits the fence you need, your garden and your area. Just like fencing, fence posts have their own styles, benefits, and drawbacks that you need to think about before making a final decision. 

  1. Post Caps

More than just a decorative item, a post cap can slow the wear and tear of your posts. This makes them a great investment for the long-term care and maintenance of your fence. 

  1. Paint.

If you want your fence to be painted or varnished a certain colour, you will need to consider this before installing. While it is always possible to paint after installation, some styles of fence will be difficult to paint. 

  1. Gate.

What type of garden gate do you want to complete your garden look? Don’t forget to consider this when choosing the styles, height, and colour of your fence. 

Your Fence at Last Lawn Projects

Last Lawn Projects Fence

At Last Lawn Projects, we offer everything you need to get a completely new fence in your garden. We have panels, posts, post caps and gates to suit every taste and budget so you can design your perfect space before sitting back with peace of mind as we do the hard work for you. 

Get in touch with our team of experts to find out how we can help you get the garden of your dreams. 

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