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How Will You Use Extra Fencing Materials?

March 28, 2013 | by Terry Struck

vinyl coated welded wire trellis

What's collecting dust around your place?

Whether you’re making a kennel floor, putting a fence up in your yard or building a cage, you may have extra fence lying around and you think, what can I do with all this extra wire? Well here are some ideas.

Gabions--Sturdiness with a Variety of Uses

Gabions originally were cylindrical wicker baskets filled with earth and stones used in building fortifications. You can cut to size your square or rectangle pieces of fence or wire mesh to form a box. Then use hog rings or j-clips to hold the box together. Fill in the boxes with stones and then stack them. Gabions can be used in many ways around the home, including:

  • planters
  • retaining walls
  • outdoor fireplaces
  • decorative walls around a garden or pool
  • benches and seating areas around the yard

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Lots more ideas for using GABIONS

Protecting Screens

Trying to keep your screens looking great is not always easy with dogs and cats around. Put your extra wire mesh up as a screen guard. This will make it harder for the animals to pull at the screen. It will ease up the constant changing of your screens - unless you have teenagers who forget their keys and decide to rip open the screen instead of pulling the cord!

Train Your Cucumbers

Build a large trellis or a smaller portable one. Simply by using some wood posts and welded wire mesh, tee pee two panels on each side with two horizontal posts at the top for support. Some of your leftover fencing with 1" x 2" mesh or bigger openings are best. Fasten it to your frames. Train the cucumbers as they grow by winding the plants up the fence. Growing your cucumbers vertically can save space for other vegetables and stop them from rotting by sitting on the ground.

And a few other ideaswire enclosed wooden shelf

With some imagination there are many things you can do with that left over wire mesh you have hanging around.

  • Cat enclosures
  • Trash containers
  • Small garden covers
  • Cubed storage shelves
  • Wire mesh cabinet doors
  • Stairway and deck railing fillers

Let's put our heads together and come up with some new ideas.

Terry     Terry                                     

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Topics: wire mesh, gabion, how to

How To Pull Your Fence To Get It Tight

March 18, 2013 | by Duncan Page

Pull it even.

Ever wondered how to stretch a fence to get it tight? This video shows you how to make and use a homemade fence stretcher you can use to pull your fence tight. In the video, 2" x 4" galvanized welded wire mesh is being installed. But this type of stretcher can be used for all styles of woven wire fence as well. Steel stretcher bars are also available to buy, if you don't want to make your own.

And pull it tight.

It is important to have a level pull uniformly across the height of the fence to avoid distorting the mesh. The amount of tension is determined by the type of mesh. Welded wire fencing material cannot be tightened as much as woven wire meshes, such as field fence, horse fence, deer and wildlife fence.

Are you working on a grade? Check out another helpful video: Fence Stretching Basics.

Don't forget to bring along a helper like Little Bit!

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Topics: fence, how to

How To Install A Wire Fence In Your Garden - Video

January 19, 2012 | by Duncan Page

 Protect Your Garden

This video shows you how to protect your garden by installing a wire fence. Follow the steps shown and you will have a garden fence that will keep your plants safe and secure for a long time.

Do you find this video helpful?

We have loads of other blog articles with great information for you to check out!

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Topics: wire fence, woven wire, garden fence, how to

Snow Fence--A Living Answer

August 24, 2011 | by Duncan Page

Diverting Blowing Snow 

Living snow fences are trees, bushes, and shrubs used to control blowing snow. They render roadways safer, are aesthetically pleasing while creating wild animal habitat. Economical as well--they do not break down as readily as traditional wood or plastic snow fences.   

This video demonstrates the benefits of living snow fences and is provided by the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts.

Do you think living snow fence will ever replace the traditional wood or newer plastic snow fences?

Which would you rather see along the roadside?

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Topics: snow fence, how to

What Is A Wattle Fence?

November 9, 2010 | by Duncan Page


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Some History

Wattle fences may be one of the oldest types of fencing still in use today. They were used in England long before Medieval times. Traditionally the fences are built from straight, slender, flexible suckers or saplings of the willow tree up to 1-1/2" diameter. After the leaves are stripped, the ”withies” are woven between upright wood posts. Willow is an ideal wood because it is pliable and resists splintering. Other species, such as alder, can also be used. A good resource is "How To Build A Wattle Fence" from the Alaska Botanical Garden or have a look at this helpful video:









Benefits and Uses 

Wattle fences are very strong and long-lasting. Willow posts often take root in the ground creating a living fence, perfect for containing animals and enclosing gardens and orchards. And the density of the fence makes an ideal windbreak.

 The rustic, handwoven appearance of wattle fencing adds an attractive defining touch to any yard, garden or landscape. Some possible uses:

  • arches
  • towers
  • trellises
  • plant supports
  • garden accents
  • hurdles or fence panels
  • attractive garden borders to line walkways

Adding interest to your landscape--

Wattle construction is a great way to use trimmings for fence building materials. Instead of burning or destroying branches, use them in a creative way to beautify and add interest to your landscaping. Even though willow is the ideal wood, any type of wood can be used.

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What ways can you think of to use wattle fence? 

Would you want a wattle fence in your yard? Interested in other unique styles of fencing? Have a look at this blog.

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Topics: how to, wattle fence

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