What is the Best Type of Garden Fencing?

Erika Peterson
Erika Peterson
Wooden garden fences can be affordable and offer some element of privacy.
Wooden garden fences can be affordable and offer some element of privacy.

The best type of garden fencing depends on the kind of garden and the amount of shelter that is needed. Some gardeners choose vinyl garden fencing, while others opt for wooden fencing or bamboo garden fencing. Regardless of the type of fencing that is chosen, it should be the ideal fit for the garden. The right garden fencing offers protection and security, but it also adds to the visual appeal of the garden.

Vinyl fences are a very versatile and the preferred option for many garden owners. They come in many styles and can be designed for almost anyone's needs. A short, vertical-slatted fence with narrow openings is a sufficient style for keeping out wandering animals. For some, personal security is the primary concern. For this, a taller fence is a good option, or perhaps a more classic model with spikes at the top. A taller fence with spikes at the apex will be a deterrent for intruders.

If your main consideration is privacy, vinyl fences are available in private or semi-private designs. Very narrow spaces between slats will provide a guarded, but not completely blocked view both in and out of the garden. A completely private fence is built like a wall, with no visible area between slats. The benefit of this style is that it provides protection against animals and intruders, and lattice can be added to it to provide support for plants and shrubs.

Wooden fences offer the same kind of visual appeal as a vinyl fence at a lesser cost. They look nice and offer privacy and protection as well as still displaying a view of the garden. Vines can be added to the garden to be wound around the slats of the fence for decoration. However, the vinyl fence wins in popularity over the wood fence because it is easy to clean with a hose and does not crack or chip. A wooden fence will need to be replaced sooner because of its vulnerability to the elements.

For a more exotic look in a garden, bamboo fencing is also a popular choice. Bamboo is environmentally friendly, and comes in a wide variety of designs and colors. However, bamboo fences are also prone to rot. The climate of the area of the garden is important in choosing the right fence. In a very windy place, concrete posts may want to be used to keep the fence in place. In a very wet climate, wood fences may not be the best option due to mold and deterioration. Knowing the advantages of each style is the first step in choosing the best fence for one's garden.

While most anyone can appreciate the aesthetic appeal of a well-planned and maintained garden, often the type of fencing used can be an afterthought. However, one should not underestimate the importance and practicality of good garden fencing. It needs to provide adequate shelter and protection for the garden, while not detracting from its beauty.

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@rundocuri- I think that most types of garden fencing will last longer if it is kept out of the elements during the winter. I use small garden fence panels that are easy to remove from the ground and place into storage. They are ready to go when gardening season rolls around the following year.


Many gardeners, especially those who garden organically, prefer bamboo fencing. One of the most important reasons for this preference is that bamboo reproduces easily and is one of the most sustainably-grown woods available. To preserve my decorative bamboo garden fencing, I simply take it down and put it in storage at the end of each planting season. By keeping it away from the harsh, winter weather, I find that bamboo fencing lasts for many years.

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      Wooden garden fences can be affordable and offer some element of privacy.