Forest Garden
Get your garden ready for winter storms

6th November 2019

Hints and tips on preparing your fencing for the upcoming winter weather

Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Deirdre…  Whatever the name of the winter storm, the impact can be the same – damage to the exterior of our homes and gardens.  Fences which have been subjected to torrential rain, hot sun, drought and high winds throughout the summer and autumn are now being pummelled by the real gales that blow in off the Atlantic over the harsh winter months.

At Forest Garden we take winter preparation seriously. If needed, we can make up to 55,000 fence panels a week to replace those damaged in your gardens.  In fact, we can hold so many panels in stock that, if we made them into a fence, they’d stretch from our HQ near Kidderminster all the way to John O’Groats. That’s 600km!

But fence damage – or the worst of it, anyway – can be avoided if you take some simple steps at this time of year.

Check the posts, as this is one of the most common causes for a fence not staying upright. Concrete posts which have become loose in the ground should be dug out and reset in fresh concrete. Timber posts which have rotted should either be replaced or can be repaired with steel repair spikes or concrete repair spurs.

Replacement fence panel battens and caps are available to replace – and reinforce any panels that are damaged, but if damage is extensive the whole panel should be replaced. Remember, if the high winds hit, fences tend to act like sails in the wind. They can literally get carried away.

Forest Garden has a wide range of designs with a choice of style, construction, treatment, height, posts and accessories.  The collection brings together the latest designs combined with innovations, from traditional to noise-reducing panels, to decorative screens and low-level fencing.  Forest Garden fencing carries either a 10 or 15-year anti-rot guarantee.

View our full range of fence panels here