It’s officially Spring, which means outdoor gardening and inspecting the fence borders are on the to-do-list again. Wooden fences are simple and minimalist garden furnitures that are easy to take care of and maintained if done the right way.
Although there is still a nip of cold air in the atmosphere, the temperature is gradually rising and gardening in the yard is also mildly-tolerable for gardeners. Myself and others are delighted to welcome the blooming of daffodils and narcissus as signs of the passage of winter.
For some people, the past winter has brought dampness and sometimes expedited the decay on their wooden fence. Constant snow, hale, sleet, rain and below temperature are the enemies of wood, and we can only do so much to preserve it. A close inspection of the wood will oftentimes be enough to determine if the fence panel needs staining/re-staining, sealing/re-sealing or if needs to be changed totally.
If you have erected the wooden fence before winter and you haven’t stained it yet, Springtime is the perfect time to stain it. There are weather conditions that need to be met though, just make sure the temperature outside is above 10 degrees celcius or 50 degrees farenheit, sunny/partial sun and dry, and also there won’t be any rain in the next two days to allow the stain to fully dry.
If you are re-staining the wooden fence, the same conditions above must apply. It is recommended that you re-stain the wood every three years or when you see fit because sometimes the unforgiving weather can batter the current stain quite fast.
Sealing a wood is a process that goes hand in hand with staining. Sometimes you need to seal the wood first before you can stain it, and sometimes you have to initially strip off the stain before you can apply the sealant.
To seal a wood, one needs a brush and a wood cleaner to remove the dirt buildup, grime, mildew and other impurities. Moisture is the number one enemy of the wood so pick a dry weather with less humidity to ensure the seal will stay on the wood surface.
*Note-some stains have build-up sealant with them so one application will suffice for such measure.
Replacing the wood fence
Sometimes the wood decay can be too obvious and too overwhelming that the best solution is to just remove the damaged wood fence and replace it with a new one. Although most new wood panel fence are already power treated, it is for the best that it is also sealed and stained so it will last longer.
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