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While sustainably harvested lumber is increasingly available, the best conservation measure you can take to help protect the earth is to properly maintain your existing wood fence. It will make a substantial difference in how long it lasts, which means you won’t be back in the market for a new fence anytime soon. Healthy fence care equals more happy trees.
Clean off any mildew or mold growth. You can purchase a cleaner, use household soap and water, or an environmentally-safe product, and a scrub brush. Hose each section down afterward with fresh water. Inspect your wood fence as you go along, especially where it meets the ground, and note any signs of rot, damage, or excessive wear.
Keep the spaces between your fence clean. Fallen leaves, erosion debris, and ice can trap and hold moisture where wood is exposed. As tempting as it is, avoid using a weed trimmer near wood fence posts as they cause real structural damage. Use similar caution with pressure washing equipment - you can run a serious risk of damaging your wood fence if inexperienced.
Most significantly, do not allow the soil to cover your concrete fence post foundations. A soil covering will naturally overtake the wooden fence post over time, but it is critical to battle back. The number one place where fence rot takes down a post is at the ground. Use standard caulk each year as a water protective barrier between the wood fence and concrete fence posts. Be vigilant.
Remove overhanging branches and adjacent shrubs and flowers. Not only do they pose a direct physical threat, but their waste and droppings will draw moisture, mold, and insects that, once established, are highly destructive. Feel free to grab a leaf blower.
Time is really the enemy when you combine wood and water. The longer you allow a flimsy, broken or damaged fence to sit neglected, the more likely it will repay you with a shorter serviceable life. Either do your own repairs or contact a local Springfield, Virginia fence company to perform repairs as soon as possible. Protecting the integrity of your fence by completing repairs as soon as necessary is simply budget-smart.
Regions known for high-moisture weather systems are hard on wood fences. Protecting your wood from that moisture is half the battle. Take the time to stain your fence properly with a solid, water-repellant, oil-based stain. If you choose to paint your wood fence, an appropriate water seal would be the final coat. It is critical to apply these protectants as recommended before a long stretch of wet winter weather sets in.