Repair fences and gates now
Use this quiet time in the garden to do these essential little jobs
During the winter months when there’s less work to do in the garden it’s a good idea to catch up with some general maintenance jobs. If you have fences, trellis, archways or gates in and around the garden check them over and carry out any simple repairs that might need doing. Very often these are small jobs that you’ve spotted ages ago but just not got around to doing! Although they might seem minor tasks, if left they can soon become major repairs that will not only take up even more time to put them right, they can be expensive, too.
The main thing with fences is to make sure they’re solid and secure. Any damaged panels should be repaired or replaced. Loose boards or lathes may simply be down to the thin nails used in manufacturing rusting away. When this happens, use thicker nails or screws to securely fasten them together.
With archways and pergolas, make sure they’re solid in the ground and any trellis panels are firmly fixed into place. Gates should also be checked to make sure they open and close properly without squeaking or dragging on the ground. The latches need checking and adjusting if needed to make the garden close securely.
Keep on top of wood e n it e m s, w hich can warp or shift