Fencing for animals isn’t just a matter of keeping your pets from running out of your garden and getting lost or worse, running onto a road. No, it’s also a means of protecting your flowers and vegetables from being trampled on or unearthed by neighbourhood pets. Here we list what are the best types of garden fencing to keep your cat and dog safe:
Garden fencing for dogs
The type of fencing you choose depends on the location of your home and the nature of your dog. For instance, if you have a nervous dog who is easily agitated by what’s going on outside the garden then a solid fence is best in order to restrict visibility. Solid fences are best for small dogs such as terriers too since it can be easy for them to get their heads stuck between gaps.
Dogs can be agile creatures and jump higher than you might expect so it’s a good idea to get a fence which will clear around six feet. In some cases, if the dog is big, eight feet high can be better. Remember too to keep garden furniture and ladders etc away from the fence too because your dog can use these as a ‘step up.’ An overhang on the fence can be really handy to prevent your four legged friend doing that ‘leap over’ and out into the open.
But of course it’s not just the height of the fence you have to worry about with a dog. They can be clever at tunnelling their way out too. Because of this it’s an idea to either sink the fence a couple of feet into the ground or line the bottom of the fence with stones or even slabs.
Garden fencing for cats
As a rule cats are even more curious and adventurous than dogs. Regardless of the height of the fence just make sure there are no trees nearby – we’ve seen too many cats escape this way! Alternatively you can attach wire mesh around the trees so that the cat can’t climb it.
As in the case of a dog a garden fence to keep a cat in should also be around six feet high (with a further two feet sunk into the ground). Set the posts in concrete to make the fence more secure. If you have an existing fence then trellis fencing can be a pretty alternative where it sits on top of the wall and can be covered in colourful trailing flowers to turn it into an attractive feature for the garden. It’s an idea to make the top of the fence turn inwards at an angle as cats don’t tend to jump onto slanted surfaces. Although not as attractive as wood, metal fencing works particularly well with cats since it’s impossible for them to climb it.
It’s important to be careful of the preservatives you use to maintain woodwork on a fence since chemicals and cats don’t react well together.
Permission for tall fencing
Before buying your new fencing it’s always a good idea to check with your local council’s planning department since some have restrictions on the height of fencing you can erect, particularly if it impinges on a neighbour’s view. If your home overlooks a main road and the fencing is to go on your front garden then there will be separate restrictions for this.
Whatever type of fencing you’re considering at the moment, do feel free to ask our advice here at Chadwicks. We’d be only too happy to help.