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Creating a living garden fence is not as complicated process as it seems. Some rules may help to organize the whole process and get a well-grown fence in one season. The team of homemakerguide has united basic tips from the famous gardeners to help you with the process.

First of all, you have to consider the purpose of your garden fence, whether you need a garden fence to keep dogs out, or to train your fruit trees to form a unique figure in the garden. This choice will limit the type of trees you can use in the fencing.

Some trees grow very fast and can give the first harvest in the second year of fence training. If you choose between a garden fence or wall, you can combine them both in one construction. To train the trees in a well-formed fence, or espalier, you will need a brick or stone wall to support the growing plants.

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First espaliers had a simple principle. The bricks absorbed the heat, and the fruits were ripening faster on the wall. Although the fences are used more for decorations nowadays, stone and brick walls are still the most straightforward garden fence maintenance, especially for beginners. 

There are several most popular types of garden fences: the candelabra, the cordon, and the Belgian fence. The horizontal cordon and the candelabra types are the easiest to master and do not require unique garden fence accessories. Choose the trees you want to grow, the side of the garden you want to use, plant the trees closer to the wall, and start forming the fence you desire.

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With no lawn in the courtyard, this fountain becomes the focal point with low maintenance groundcovers and plants throughout to keep the lush feel.

It is better to grow the garden fence with six and more hours of sun lightning. Garden fence treatment is not something that demands all your attention, though you will have to work first weeks and every spring a lot. Do not forget about watering and fertilizing. If your trees grow in front of the wall, they will need more watering. Pay attention to the bugs and insects, and fix the problem immediately when you notice them.

Garden fence is a construction that needs time. The first year it will grow in the directions you guided it, though trying to escape the form. You have to control it and gently fix the shape. In the second year, the form will be more evident. You will see that your efforts were not useless.


Remember that the garden fence is a living growing sculpture with its character. It will never be perfect, and you need all your patience to train it to your desired form. Consider it being like a child in your garden, you will make mistakes as any parent, but with some added patience, you will have a fantastic result.

What fence would you like to grow? Have you chosen the trees already? Don’t hesitate to share the result!

About the Author:

Archie was a builder for more than 40 years. Mainly after his retirement the enthusiastic electrical works in garden and writes for a blog Homemakerguide.com to keep himself occupied. His many years of experience can get you the right tool reviews whether it is a drill, welding machine or so. An impressive fact to note about him is that almost everything in his house is a representation of his skills made by his hands.

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