Garden fence: our top 10 ideas and designs for your next fence

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What is a garden fence used for?

Garden fences are valuable for both practical and aesthetic reasons. A garden fence can help protect your garden and home from

  • Animals – especially curious neighborhood dogs or kangaroos in rural areas
  • People – especially if vandalism or theft is a concern
  • Weather – particularly strong winds which could damage vulnerable plants

Garden fences can be greatly adapted to your situation. For example, many people find it difficult to garden certain plants because opossums or birds will ravage their plants before they can finish growing. Specific garden fences can help with this.

In Australia, you can invest in a type of fence that is difficult for possums to climb, such as take-out fences or even anti-possum spikes. There are also specific nets that you can thread from fence to fence to protect your garden from birds while letting in the sunlight needed to let your plants grow.

Can you DIY a garden fence?

Absolutely! Garden fences are one of the best DIY projects because the risk is so low. The most common types of fences – like wood and wire – are an easy DIY project you can take on with little experience.

If you have a more specific look in mind for your garden fence, it may be a good idea to contact a contractor instead. Brick, stone, and metal can be difficult to work with, so they’re not the best material choices for DIY garden fencing projects.

If you really care about the look of your fence, DIY probably isn’t for you – fences made by inexperienced hands will rarely turn out to be aesthetic masterpieces. However, if you need a fence for purely practical reasons (like keeping pests out or keeping pets in), do it yourself.

What are the benefits of installing a garden fence?

Garden fences offer many advantages. Choose your material and design wisely as this will influence the edge the fence gives your home over others. Different types of garden fences can provide:

  • Privacy
  • Shelter
  • Decoration
  • protection
  • Definition

How much does it cost to install a garden fence?

On average, the cost of installing a garden fence in Australia is between $2,500 and $3,500. This includes fencing services, i.e. the installation of the fence by a private contractor. If you DIY, the cost will be as low as the price of materials.

Common variants that influence the cost of a garden fence include

  • Size of the area to be fenced
  • Material type and availability
  • Difficulty of the installation process
  • Fence design complexity

Do you need a permit to install a garden fence?

In general, Australia does not have strict garden fencing laws. However, if the fence you are proposing is longer than 2.1 meters, you will likely need a permit. This varies from state to state.

State

General fence height authorization threshold (m)

New South Wales

>1.8

queensland

>1.8

Victoria

>2

North territory

>1

southern australia

>2.1

Western Australia

>1.8

Tasmania

>1.2

Note: Not all of these heights require permits (although many do). This is a guideline for standard garden fence heights.

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10. Black wood

Material: Painted wood

where it works: One of the most popular contemporary garden fence designs, a black fence creates privacy that is best used in the front garden. Black wood panels aren’t hard to find and it’s a pretty cheap option. There are many different techniques to choose from with a wooden fence, although a standard horizontal layout is the most common.

09. Opossum Spikes

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Material: Wire and pegs

Where it works: While it may not look like the fanciest fence around, a bit of excess bent wire over a fence will go a long way in keeping possums from eating your plants. It’s a good idea to protect a small garden, vegetable patch or herb garden from being eaten. Decorating ideas to make this fence more beautiful include growing vines or hanging plants over it, or having it as a small fence to protect some plants inside a larger garden enclosure.

08. Easy iron fence

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Material: The iron

where it works: A simple fence like this is another way to separate and protect your plants from wildlife or other damage. It is best suited for a low garden. It’s also an easy DIY job and a fence like the one above can be put up in an afternoon. In fact, you can buy this exact fence or others like it here at Bunnings.

07. Friendly Chicken

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Material: Wire and wood

where it works: This is a great idea to make a practical fence beautiful. The wooden fence gives this garden its rustic and warm aesthetic, while the chicken wire is an almost invisible addition that also makes the fence practical. Perfect for expanding a chicken coop.

06. Rough and Simple

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Material: natural wood

Where it works: A natural wood fence has an air of simplicity that lends itself perfectly to rural, rustic living. It is best suited for a back yard, away from sight of neighbors and/or roads. The inconsistencies in the length and straightness of the wood are part of its charm as something unrefined but beautiful.

05. Metal

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Material: aluminium, iron or steel

where it works: Metal fences are a great idea for privacy and in high density areas. They also make great dog barriers, whether you want to keep your dog inside or other dogs outside. Metal fences are perfect for the front and back of your home and will help shelter your garden for decades to come.

04. Classic garden fence

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Material: Brick

Where it works: The brick garden fence is an affordable and timeless classic. It offers a cheerful appearance and is suitable for outdoors. The brick can even be used as a raised garden bed alongside already existing fences, adding an extra layer to the garden.

03. Living Fence

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Material: Bamboo

Where it works: Fences and privacy screens made from living plants are becoming increasingly popular as an eco-friendly alternative to fencing. Bamboo is one of the best materials for this because it grows so reliably and is extremely durable.

02. Horizontal screening barriers

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Material: Anything – wood, bamboo, metal, brick, etc.

Where it works: One of the best fencing options for people living in urban or suburban areas is to install a privacy fence that will protect the garden from the eyes of passers-by. You can do this with just about any material as long as you leave cracks between each board/unit so the fence doesn’t block too much light and appear too closed. Learn more about privacy fences here.

01. Raw and rustic

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Material: Natural wood

where it works: A large rustic fence like this is a beautiful fence that will work well in open spaces surrounded by nature. It has a charming footprint that would be at home in a rural or remote setting. This type of fence evokes raw happiness and the pleasures of a simple life.

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