Earth Day is around the corner. How does your landscape look? You’ve probably already taken the opportunity to start mulching, planting, and mowing. But if your current fence has collapsed, you might be looking for a replacement. Is your fence ready for Earth Day and the rest of spring and summer? If it isn’t then here is some food for thought.
Wooden fences are among the oldest fences known to human civilization. Did you know they are also eco-friendly? That’s because when given enough time, the fences will eventually break down, leaving few traces they ever existed. However, many modern fences are often treated with chemicals so that the lumber lasts longer against the wind, rain, and insect damage. The sealants you use to protect your wooden fences will eventually seep into the surrounding soil and can affect how fertile the soil is. Using reclaimed wood is probably a good idea if you want to have this fence.
Stone fences are also some of the oldest fences that humans have ever erected. Stone is much sturdier than wood and doesn’t need as much maintenance. However, building a stone fence requires a ton of effort, and you probably don’t have that much time to commit to the project. The stones you need also come from quarries, which can affect the nearby environment. So if you want to have a stone fence, choose a supplier who is located close to where you live.
When compared to wood and stone, metal fences are much more durable. You see them in many different forms, too: from chain link fences that keep intruders and pests out to wrought iron fences that help boost curb appeal. However, creating metal fences consumes vast amounts of energy, and unless you choose a local supplier, the raw metal has to come from somewhere else in the country, further affecting the ecosystem around your home. Salvaging metal for your next fence isn’t a bad idea, either.
Make Your Fence Come Alive
Covering your fence in climbing plants, planting shrubs and hedgerows, and even considering a fence made out of bamboo are excellent ways to help make your fence come alive. This Earth Day, take a minute to think about how you can make more sustainable choices around your home while also keeping it safe.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry and can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
Contact Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach at (757) 321-6700, drop in, or contact us on our website to learn more about spring and summer fence construction! You can keep up to date with offers and information from Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter.