Blog – Case Study – Urban West London Garden uses Contemporary Slatted Screen Fencing
The narrow strip behind the garden fence is planted with shrubs. In summer they offer privacy, in Winter and spring they convince with colored bark and flowers. Four Yew balls mark the entrance to the garden. With two cuts a year, they are good to get in shape. To the left of it are two Dogwood bars, which provide colour even in Winter with their conspicuous bark. Since the young shoots shine more strongly, the shrubs should be cut back vigorously towards the end of February. While ‘Sibirica’ blooms in white in May, ‘Flaviramea’ turns yellow at the same time. The scented snowball on the right is one of the earliest bloomers in the garden. Often it opens already in November the first dark pink buds. From the inside, the petals are almost white.
The shrubs are still unpolished and leave light on the ground. This is enjoyed by snowdrops and Winterlings, which show their flowers despite the cold. The fact that their place is shaded later in the year does not bother them, they move in in early summer and wait underground for the next spring. Also spotted Fern and hazelnut feel comfortable in the partial shade under the shrubs and show their pretty foliage all year round. Between the treads it is sunnier, here the Sternmoos plants the joints.
Planting plan and shopping list
1) dogwood ‘Sibirica’ (Cornus alba), white flowers in may, red bark, up to 3 m high and wide, 1 piece
2) Yellowwood Dogwood ‘Flaviramea ‘ (Cornus sericea), yellow flowers in May, green-yellow bark, 1.5-3 m high and wide, 1 piece
3) Yew (Taxus baccata), evergreen, female plants with red fruits, cut into balls, 50 and 70 cm high, 4 pieces
4) fragrant snowball (Viburnum farreri), pink-white flowers from November to April, up to 2 m high and wide, 1 piece
5) polypody (Polypodium vulgare), evergreen, native fern, 20-40 cm high, 4 pieces
6) native hazelnut (Asarum europaeum), red-brown flowers in March and April, evergreen, 15 cm high, 6 pieces
7) star moss (Sagina subulata), white flowers in June and July, evergreen cushion, 5 cm high, 10 pieces
8) Winterling (Eranthis hyemalis), yellow flowers in February and March, wilting, strongly poisonous, 70 tubers
9) snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), white flowers in Feb./ March, 10 cm high, wilting, 50 onions
Building a fence is best done in teamwork. Although some work steps are necessary until the new fence stands, the effort is worthwhile. One of the most important works is the correct setting of the fence posts. With the following step-by-step instructions you can set it up.
After 20 years, the old board fence has become obsolete and is dismantled. In order not to damage the lawn unnecessarily, it is best to move on exposed wooden boards when working. The exact Measurement of the point foundations for the fence posts is the first and most important step. This is the only way to set the fence posts correctly later. The terraced house garden in our example has a width of five meters. The distance between the piles depends on the fence fields. Due to the pole thickness (9 x 9 centimeters), the Garden Gate (80 centimeters) and the dimensional additions for the fittings, one of the prefabricated, two-Meter-long fields is shortened to 1.75 meters so that it fits.
With an Earth drill at the level of the marks, excavate the holes for the foundations. When mounting the post anchors, slide a flat wedge as a spacer between wood and metal. In this way, the lower end of the pile remains protected from moisture, which can form on the metal plate due to rainwater flowing down.
The U-beams are drilled on both sides with two hexagonal wood screws (pre-drilling!) as well as suitable washers attached to the 9 x 9 centimeter strong posts. For the point foundations, it is best to use quick-hardening concrete, to which only water must be added.
Press the anchors of the pre-mounted fence posts into the wet concrete, align them with a spirit level and smooth the surface with a bricklayer trowel. Alternatively, only the post anchors can be set and the piles can then be attached to them. For this fence (height 1.25 meters, slat spacing 2 centimeters) with a stately weight, it would have been worthwhile to use somewhat more stable H-anchors instead of the U-post girders.
Make a mark on the piles, approximately at the level of the crossbars. Pre-drill the holes with a wood drill and screw on the braid fence fittings so that two brackets sit centrally on the inside of the posts.