Re­pair fences and gates now

Use this quiet time in the gar­den to do these es­sen­tial lit­tle jobs

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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

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