Longer days and shorter nights mean that the reign of the sun is almost upon us. Yes, that’s right, spring and summer are about to make their final descent. Even so, mother nature has a few tricks up her sleeve that can ruin your wood fence. Wind, rain, mold, mildew, bugs, and neighborhood critters are all going to cause a ruckus. As tough as they are, even spruce, cedar, and pine can fall victim to decay.
Practice Some Basic Preventative Measures
You know the old saying: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s very much true, too. Fence maintenance asks for some discipline. In this case, you’ve got to prepare your wood fence for what’s about to happen. Clear away vines and other forms of vegetation. Then, avoid breaking any fence pickets that might have come loose. Next, trim plants creeping up on your fence – they might look pretty, but they can also tug your fence down to the ground if you don’t keep an eye on them!
Make Your Moves Against Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew can be stubborn and problematic. Without proper remediation techniques, removing them could be beyond the scope of your basic DIY skills. Sunlight can cause moss to curl up in a panic, but that’s only one safeguard against these unwelcome pests. Use water and a stiff scrub brush to eliminate mold, mildew, and moss. Alternatively, a pressure washer can speed this process up considerably. Exercise caution when you’re trying to revive your aging wood fence – too much PSI can destroy them. Cleaning solutions and fan-tip sprayers can also clear away dead wood cells – it’s just like scrubbing off dead skin!
More Helpful Tips for Restoring Your Wood Fence
That’s right, we have a handful of additional tips for you! Plain old water is always your best defense, even if you are tempted to try other liquids such as vinegar. While vinegar exterminates weeds, it can do a number on ordinary plants, shrubs, and bushes as well.
Before you begin cleaning up your fence, double-check the forecast. It’s best to do all of this on a clear and sunny day. Precipitation will frustrate your efforts. And for the hard cases – moss and mold that simply will not die – you have much more potent weapons in your arsenal. These weapons take the form of specially-formulated moss and mold killers. While they’ll achieve good results, do some spot testing first.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
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