The garden fence: what if we took a look around?

You have many solutions at your disposal to erect a garden fence that fulfills its function while being aesthetic, but be careful to respect the rules in force!

Garden fence regulations

According to Article 647 of the Civil Code, any owner has the right to erect a fence on his land. However, certain standards regarding the height of the fence, the materials used and the color must be respected, which are usually specified Local Urban Plan (PLU) of your municipality All this with the aim of respecting urban aesthetics, safety and good neighborhood.

In the absence of specific local regulations, the height of the fence must be standard maximum 2.60 meters In municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and 3.20 meters in those with 50,000 inhabitants and more. For fences exceeding 2 meters in height, it is often necessary to have the works approved in advance, especially in classified or protected areas.

It is also important to place the fence on the property line, unless otherwise agreed with the neighbor, especially for neighboring fences where rights are shared.

Determine your fencing needs

First, take stock of your constraints and needs regarding the garden fence. To prioritize protection and security, choose high and strong barriers such as walls or strong netting. To preserve privacy, solid panels, solid fences or privacy coverss are effective. If the primary goal is aesthetic and restrictive, lighter options may be plant-based and/or decorative.

It is also important to determine your budget, evaluate the installation work, as well as the maintenance and durability of the fence. The environmental impact can also be taken into account, prioritizing natural materials that promote biodiversity.

Different types of fences and their materials

There are many styles of fences, involving different materials and more or less meeting everyone’s needs. We provide the main ones here to help you in your choice.

Flexible or rigid metal mesh

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Wire mesh is a common choice for garden fencing because it is strong and versatileWe distinguish 2 types:

  • Flexible fence : it is the most economical solution for fencing. It is easy to install and suitable for different garden configurations, including delimiting different spaces in the same garden: children’s games, vegetable garden, chicken coop and other animal enclosures (doubled with an electric fence if necessary);
  • Rigid barrier: as for it, more expensive, it is ideal for reinforcing security, because it is very resistant, no intrusion is possible (except from above, of course, like any fence).

Aesthetics and functionality can be improved by adding a flexible privacy screen, integrating PVC sheeting or artificial sheathing threads that limit visibility and reduce the impact of wind.

Panels and fences

Panels and palisades are effective fences for an average budget, they are available in a variety of materials:

  • Wooden panels bring natural charm by being ecological. Available in various species, such as cedar, pine or cypress, they can adapt to all garden styles. On the other hand, wood needs regular treatments to resist moisture, UV rays and insects for a long time;
  • PVC panels and composite materials are a good solution for a maintenance-free fence. They also offer good protection from winds and stiff eyes. Resistant to fading, cracking and mould, they will look great in any climate!
  • Metal, steel or aluminum panels combine strength, protection, safety and durability. They are particularly suitable for modern gardens, sometimes refined, sometimes more complex and artistic. In terms of maintenance, it will basically be repainting to maintain the protective layer against corrosion and rust.

Stone, brick and concrete retaining walls

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“Hard” walls, stone, brick or concrete are superior barrier options, combining finesse and perfect strength! Copyright (c) 2021 aimful/Shutterstock. No unauthorized use.

“Hard” walls, stone, brick or concrete are superior barrier options, combining finesse and perfect strength! These barriers are exposed various textures and colors for infinite renders.

Natural stone walls, for example, are quite classic. If brick walls are more traditional in their raw state, they can be painted for originality. Concrete, on the other hand, is very versatile and can be shaped, colored and textured to suit any decorative setting.

They are all sustainable and economical solutions in the long run, even if the implementation work (requiring a professional level) and the initial cost are significant.

Plant dividers

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Hedges made of plants and shrubs are ideal for creating a natural barrier while beautifying the garden. For example, cherry laurel, thuja, boxwood or beech are excellent choices for a quick a compact separation that will cut the wind and guarantee privacy. To distinguish more flowers, ForsythiaTHE WeigelorHydrangea bring a touch of color with their vibrant flowers. It is best to choose a mixed hedge, combining evergreen shrubs and visually attractive flowering plants all year round.

This type of plant hedge requires a certain amount of time to achieve adequate coverage. even if you choose fast growing plants. If you complete a wall, the fence will allow animals, even children, to pass, especially at ground level. It will also require minimal maintenance between watering (especially at the beginning) and regular pruning, in order to maintain its shape and prevent it from multiplying in the neighborhood or on public roads.

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