Aluminum fences are an excellent choice for any property. They are beautiful, sturdy, and relatively low-maintenance. Although aluminum is less susceptible to damage than wood, there are still a few best practices to follow to ensure the health of your fence. Your property’s landscape can have a significant impact on your fence’s wear. If you want your aluminum fence to stay durable, healthy, and beautiful for years to come, follow these three landscaping tips.
Climbing Plants: Yay or Nay?
Climbing plants like ivy and sweet pea are a gorgeous addition to any garden, but there are some differing opinions on whether or not they are suitable for use on aluminum fences. Some argue that fence owners should use trellises instead to avoid compromising the structural integrity of their fence. Others tout aluminum fences as the perfect canvas for climbing vines due to their resistance to rot and rust. While aluminum is certainly a tough material, you should use caution when training vines to grow on your aluminum fence. When your fence is covered in vines, it can be difficult to spot maintenance or security concerns that may arise. Do your research and use your best judgment when choosing climbing plants for your property.
Maintain Your Trees
A fallen branch can spell trouble for any nearby structure, and aluminum fences are no exception. While it would take a massive tree branch to do any damage to your fence, it is still a good idea to keep the trees on your property trimmed and maintained. Most homeowners in Virginia are no stranger to the effects of strong winds and storms. If you do not already have a maintenance plan in place for your property’s trees, you should consider adopting one for the health of your fence.
Keep Shrubs Trimmed
Like trees, shrubs that are near your aluminum fence have the ability to cause damage. Large shrubs with thick roots can eventually disturb your fence’s posts over time, causing it to tilt or fall over. Like climbing vines, thick shrubs can obscure any maintenance concerns that occur. It is always a good idea to keep your bushes trimmed neatly and kept back from your fence, home, and other structures to avoid complications from branches, roots, and pests.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.