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How often should I stain my fence?

imagesAs a rule of thumb you should stain a fence every 5 to 7 years depending on the type of wood.  We always  recommend a Cedar fence.  Cedar has natural oils and acids in the wood that make it undesirable to most insects. This allows the wood to be installed in its unfinished form and last for many years. Cedar also warps less than Whitewood or Pine fences.

 It’s impossible to completely prevent the natural weathering that occurs to a wood fence over the years, but you can slow the process by protecting the wood regularly from the elements. The stain you use to cover the wood must cover every part of the wood exposed to moisture. It’s also important to use galvanized or stainless steel hardware in the wood because these metals won’t rust and they resist warping.

 

 

Sliding Vs. Swing

electric gateThe majority of rear entry homes in North Texas have a fenced in backyard that stops at the driveway.  If a homeowner extends the fence across the driveway then up the property line, the size of the entire backyard increases as much as 40%.

Having a driveway fenced in creates a larger play area for children perfect for a basketball court, skate boards or roller blades.  The driveway being fenced off from the alley also eliminates the fear of children being struck by a car while playing in the driveway.

Sliding vs Swing

If you’re planning your automated access gate, you may be stuck on deciding which to go with: sliding or swing. Truly, neither mode of operation is better than the other. Both sliding and swing gates can provide years of lasting use. For Automatic Swing Gates, use of hydraulic or mechanical operators will ensure trouble free installation and use. Sliding gates occur more frequently in commercial or industrial applications, but can be modified for residential use. Titan Fence offers an inventory flush with different operating and control options Titan Fence expert will work with you on deciding which mode is best suited to your new or existing fence configuration.

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Rabbit Control

Black-tailed Jack RabbitRabbit damage is almost always the result of their appetite for our plants. They eat flower and vegetable plants in spring and summer and the bark of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs in the fall and winter.  How to keep rabbits out of your lawn and flower beds:  A well-constructed fence is the most effective way to protect plants. Also a two-foot high chicken wire supported by posts every six to eight feet is strong enough to keep rabbits out.

The presence of rabbits does not always result in economic damage to plants. Most 2- to 3-foot high shrubs can survive having most of the 1- and 2-year-old twigs removed. However, the desirable bud, flower, or fruit development may be impaired. The key to effective and economical rabbit control is being able to predict and intercept damage with methods that are relative to the predicted loss in value.Jack Rabbit Fence added to Existing Fence

To exclude rabbits from an entire backyard, fences can be easily installed as additions to existing structures. Perimeter fences of welded wire mesh of 1-inch x 2-inch or 1-inch (hardware cloth, hail screen) excludes young rabbits, but a 2- x 3-inch mesh or chain link fence will exclude adults provided the fencing is anchored properly.

For more information: http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=1293