Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Byline: DIY guru Julia Gray

TOP TIPS FOR... PUTTING UP FENCES GARDEN plants are starting to die back, so it's a good time to erect, replace or repair garden fences. If you want to make any changes, such as increasing the height of the fence, first check with your local council that you don't need planning permission.

You should also consider who's responsible for the boundary you're fencing, because it won't necessarily be you. If you're pulling down an old fence, you need to check that you own it first, or get permission from the neighbour who does. Speak to your neighbours well in advance -they may be prepared to help you do the fencing or pay for some of it.

Choose between fence panels, available in various sizes, and close-board fencing, where you build up the fence one (vertical) plank of wood at a time. With the latter, you can place the fence posts any distance apart because it's a bespoke type of fence. Around 2.4 metres is ideal in a sheltered spot, or 1.8m in an exposed spot or if the fence will be higher than 1.4m. Like all wooden products, fencing should be sourced from responsibly-managed forests - look out for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo. It should also be treated with preservative to prolong its life - if it's not, you'll have to do it yourself, not forgetting any ends that result from cutting the fencing and posts to size.

To protect a fence post against the elements, place it in a bucket of wood preservative for an hour or so if it'll be below ground level or, if not, for at least five minutes. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the preservative, especially the safety advice. You may also want to stain the fence when you're done -garden wood stains now come in all sorts of colours, so don't think your fence has to be boring brown. …

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