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Natural Wood Fencing Home Guide

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Natural Wood Fencing Home Guide

Natural wood fencing is sturdy and often gives a nice finished look to your yard. There are a number of things you can do to the wood to help it retain its natural beauty while still helping it last a little longer in certain weather conditions. Wood needs to be protected in order to stand the test of time.


The St. Paul government site offers some good insight into the weathering of wood and how to protect your wood fencing. The Washington government has put together a list of various treated wood alternatives so you can make your fencing last longer.


There are a few things you need to think about before you embark on putting up natural wood fencing. Most importantly you need to know what you expect from your fence, is it decorative, for privacy or for protection?

    A proper fence is often the perfect finishing touch to your landscaping, creating a perfect home atmosphere.
  1. 1.Consider Your Area

    Where you live plays a huge role in what type of natural wood fencing you want to pursue. You want the fencing to go with your home and the surroundings. You also want to make sure the wood can handle the various weather conditions of your area without drying out, warping or rotting over time.

  2. 2.Treat the Wood

    You can purchase treated wood, meant to last for a long time or you can choose how to treat your wood. There are a number of sealants available that help protect wood from the elements. These treatments can make your fence last longer even without paint.

  3. 3.Pull the Proper Permits

    Before you put up a fence, you need to check with your local city, town or county to find out what type of building permit is required for fencing. It is usually a small fee type permit as you are not building a structure, but if you don’t pull the permit you could be looking at a large fine if someone notices or reports you.

  4. 4.Double Check the Height and Distance

    Before you put up a fence, you need to check with your local city, town or county in order to know the restrictions. Most areas have rules as to how tall a fence can be as well as how far it needs to be back from the property line. This allows work trucks and various other vehicles to get between homes or to work on the street. You need to be sure you are within the regulations.

  5. 5.Know Your Budget

    Plan a budget for your fencing. This might determine what type of wood you can use as some woods are quite expensive. Also consider the longevity of the wood as well. It might be worth spending a little more now if you don’t have to replace the fence in the future.


    Fencing is a personal choice. Only you can know what you want your home to look like. Don’t be afraid to stick to your guns and put up the fence you like as you are the one who has to live with it day after day. A proper fence is often the perfect finishing touch to your landscaping, creating a perfect home atmosphere.

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