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With the prices of lumber sky-rocketing thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners find themselves placing their fencing projects on hold. Contractors are feeling the pinch as well as material prices and lead times increase with each day. The wood fence is the most popular fence type in the United States. Wood fencing is a classic, timeless fence type, as well as being the most affordable. But in todays climate, many homeowners find themselves looking into alternate fencing materials.

Fencing and Landscaping

Installing a fence in a yard can be a huge project. More often than not, fence installations will require some preparation before the work can begin. This often means clearing the land that the proposed fence will be installed on, as well as trimming back trees and possibly fixing grading.
In Central Florida, large oak trees are very common finds in yards. Removing those trees are extremely laborious, expensive, and subject to city approval if the trees are not deemed to be a safety hazard. Only behind California, Florida is the country’s second most landscaped state, making clearing land that much harder. Many homeowners work diligently on their yards, and want their fence to reflect that.

how can a fence be installed without removing mature trees or damaging existing landscaping?

First, always plan the location of gardens before beginning. Look at the boundary lines of your property and decide if you ever plan on installing or replacing a fence. When planting shrubs, groundcover, or other landscaping plants, plant them about 2 feet from the property line to allow enough room for a fence installation. Keeping plants off of a fence will also help preserve it as well. Keep in mind where sprinkler lines are located, as you don’t want the sprinkler lines damaged during the installation, or the sprinkler itself to constantly spray the fence. It may be beneficial as well to look into plants that don't require as much water if you plan on having them near the fence line, just be sure that the plants chosen aren't invasive species.

Second, do some research on the style of fence you want. Knowing your municipality’s or HOA’s building code will also help, as some do not allow certain materials to be used. Some fencing materials, such as vinyl and aluminum, will hold up better in a moister environment than a wood fence will. Keep in mind that plants along a fence line, especially a wood fence, will hold moisture in the soil and will promote fungal growth. Although most wood used in fencing is pressure treated for ground contact, it’s best to avoid prolonged water exposure.

Last, be sure to choose a reputable contractor when choosing to install or replace any fence. Many handymen or not so trustworthy contractors will install a fence wherever it will fit, or will cost you more in labor in the long run. A reputable fence contractor will be able to evaluate your yard and come up with building solutions that fit you and your yards needs.

It's common for contractors to push for unnecessary vegetation removal to cushion the labor cost. Proper planning and collaborating with professionals can not only result in a beautiful custom fence but also save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. A reputable fencing contractor can find solutions for even the toughest vegetation obstacles, such as trees. Boxing around or even building into a tree can result in a beautiful, unique fencing system.

If you have any worries about the obstacles for your fence installation, call Paramount Fencing. We will work with you to create a custom plan specific to your home's needs.

Free Estimates can be scheduled by calling our office at 407-341-2720

Barbed Wire – Fencing the West

The Homestead Act of 1862 kicked off the expansion of the American West. President Abraham Lincoln signed the law in to place, which provided western settlers 160 acres of land- for a small price and the agreement of living on the land for 5 continuous years before receiving ownership of the land. Hundreds of thousands of people moved west to take advantage of one of the largest stimulus programs that the US has ever provided.

As settlers and ranchers made their way out to the plains, they soon found that they needed a way to protect their land from encroaching neighbors. Traditional walls or fences were made from materials such as wood, stone, or brick. The plains did not provide enough resources for these fences to be feasible. Something new needed to be figured out if landowners were to protect their property and cattle owners were to contain their animals.

19th Century

Before 1865, there were a few new fence ideas proposed, but it wasn’t until 1873 when four innovative men got together to improve fencing ideas. Joseph Glidden, a farmer, was the first to form an idea for a successful and sturdy barbed wire fence, names “The Wooden Strip With Metallic Points”- a wooden block with spiked wires, developed to prevent cows from leaning against the fence.

Another of the four, Jacob Haish, applied for a patent on his own type of wire, the S wire, which he called “The Winner”. Glidden was joined by Isaac L. Ellwood and the two founded The Barb Fence Company.

Barbed wire fence began to be promoted in Texas, but consumers were hesitant. They were concerned that the wire would hard their livestock. After some live demonstrations in San Antonio, barbed wire began to take off. Between 1873 and 1899, up to 150 companies at a single time were manufacturing barbed wire fence. The fence was praised and seen as a great option for the west as “it takes no room, exhausts no soil, shades no vegetation, is proof against high winds, makes no snowdrifts, and is both durable and cheap.”

The mass fencing off of lands began to start range wars between farmers and the open range ranchers. The US government settles these disputes primarily in favor of the farmers. Heavy penalties were put in place for cutting a barbed-wire fence. It became clear that the barbed wire fence could do the job of ranchers, and within 2 years, most of the open range was fenced in and under private ownership, resulting in the death of the American cowboy.

20th Century & Beyond

The barbed fence may have been efficient at discouraging cattle to escape, but it was not the best at keeping humans out. Razor wire began to be utilized to keep people off of private properties or keep them in areas like prisons.

Barbed wire maintained its growth at the turn of the 20th century, and then was used heavily in World War I and World War II.

Today, there are many different fence options- both agricultural and residential. Many livestock owners find themselves using ranch-rail or high tensile wire when fencing in livestock.

There has been a push to move away from using a barbed wire fence, as it has been found to cause many cases of wildlife entanglement. Livestock may also suffer severe injuries due to the barbs. In 2010, Norway banned the installation of  new barbed wire fence when used to limit the migration of animals.

Deer Fence

Deer Fencing in Seminole County

It’s easy to become excited when seeing a deer in your yard, but that excitement can quickly turn to frustration once you find that those deer have begun to eat your plants. Whether they’re a fruit, vegetables, or just landscaping plants, no gardener wants to see their hard work munched away in one afternoon.

Even if you have no plants to protect from deer, you may still want to keep them off of your property. Deer carry ticks and will drop them in your yard. Ticks may then attach to you or your pets, and carry sicknesses such as Lyme disease. Keeping deer out of a yard has been proven to cut back on the number of ticks in a yard.

There are a few ways to deter deer from your yard. You can try deer repellant sprays, plant more deer-resistant plants, or even remove your plants all together- although this is not usually an attractive option.

Or, you can build a deer fence. A deer fence is used to fence in small areas such as gardens and yard to protect them from deer. There are a few different kinds of fences to choose from, but they have the same basic necessities; deer fences need to be almost invisible, tall, and sturdy.

A standard deer fence is at least 7 feet tall, although deer have been known to jump up to 8 feet in the air. The fence must be as invisible as possible, this is to prevent deer from seeing and jumping over it. An effective deer fence has no top rail so there is nothing for the deer to see. The fence must also be sturdy. Deer and other wildlife will run into the fenceline when trying to enter the fenced-off area, the fence must be able to withstand being bumped/ran into. All mesh used in deer fencing, regardless of the materials chosen, should have openings no greater than 2”. Larger openings leave the possibility of wildlife getting caught in the fence, resulting in unnecessary deaths and possible fence damage.

Types of Deer Fence

There are a few different options for deer fencing, although some options may be better than others.

Polypropylene mesh fence: Is less expensive than metal mesh and is nearly invisible, but is it not as durable.

Metal mesh fence: More durable than polypropylene, but is more expensive. The less expensive versions are not invisible.

Alternative Deer Fences

Electric fence: Electric fencing is not recommended for deer fencing. Electric fences work best with animals who can be trained or learn to stay away from the fence, such as livestock or pets. Deer are wild animals, and will not learn or understand the fence. Electric fences also require more upkeep and can be shorted-out if something as simple as a branch falls onto the line.

Privacy fence: In some cases, a privacy fence is used to keep deer out of yards. This is usually used in more residential areas but is still efficient. Deer cannot see through a privacy fence to see if there are predators on the other side, so they will likely not jump over the barrier. Privacy fences, however, are much more expensive than standard deer fences and their installation is more tedious.

A deer fence doesn't have to hide your yard- most fences are nearly invisible from 20 feet away, allowing your landscaping to show through.

Regardless of the fence material chosen, it will still be necessary to routinely check the fence line for damage so that it can be repaired. Installing the deer fence is relatively simple and can be completed by most homeowners. Posts do not need to be installed deep into the ground like traditional fence posts. In fact, many times metal poles are used for a deer fence. They are sturdy and do not need to be dug into the ground, they can simply be driven into the dirt by hitting them with a mallet or hammer. The mesh is then installed by attaching to the posts using zip ties to pull it taught. Use bottom ground stakes to hold the fence down to the ground so that deer and other wildlife cannot crawl under. If you’re a little handier, you can craft a gate, or simply leave an area of overlapping mesh that you can open and re-close for easy access to the fenced-in area.

Once the fence is installed, spray the ground level around it with deer repellant and enjoy your deer-free oasis.

High-Tensile Wire Agricultural Fence

The State of Florida does not require livestock owners to fence in their properties, but livestock is not allowed to wander onto public roads or onto private properties. If this happens, the livestock owner is liable for any damages their animals caused. Because of this, most agricultural land and livestock owners have fenced in their properties. But fencing in or repairing a fence on a large piece of property is an extensive – and expensive – task. Many landowners find themselves wondering if fencing is worth the cost and the trouble. But without agricultural or field fencing, livestock can still wander off, and predators can still get in.

So how can agricultural landowners in Central Florida protect their property and livestock? The answer comes in many forms, but today we will be focusing on one: High Tensile Wire Fencing.

High-Tensile Wire Fencing

High tensile wire fence is a semi-new fence style that came out of New Zealand. This fence style utilizes a smooth 12 ½ gauge wire stretched tightly between fence posts, up to 250 pounds of tension on the wires.  High tensile wire fences are now being seen as a good alternative to barbed wire agricultural fencing, as it is easier to handle/install, there are no barbs to harm livestock or wildlife, is lower maintenance with longer life (up to 40 years), can easily be electrified, and is less expensive to install.

This unique wire fence can be electrified – just the top or bottom wire for instance – to help keep predators such as coyotes or fox out of livestock fields. The wires are also smooth, allowing for wildlife to slip in or out if needed. It’s very common for deer or even livestock to get stuck in wired fences, or snared by barbed wire.

To prevent this, install the wires to your fence where the livestock can’t slip through, but keep it wildlife-friendly. The top two wires should be 12 inches apart, while the bottom wire should have 16 inches of clearance above the ground. The fence should be no taller than 42 inches tall, short enough for wildlife to escape by jumping over if necessary. The top wire should be marked in some way for visibility- this is important for both wildlife and livestock. Visibility can be achieved by using a top rail when installing the fence, using flags, or running the wire through PVC piping. A wire fence that is not visible is susceptible to having animals caught in it, a potential for fence damage and life-threatening injuries for the animals.

High tensile wire fence marked with PVC pipes

High tensile wire fence with a top rail for visibility

High tensile wire fence with a top rail for visibility

High tensile wire fence with visibility flags

High tensile fencing is proven to be just as efficient and more environmentally friendly than the average mesh metal wire field fence. These fences are dangerous to livestock and wildlife as well. Animals that get caught in a fence line may pull down sections of fence, allowing for livestock to escape their fenced-in land or allowing predators to easily get into their enclosure. The wire mesh fencing can cause serious injuries to animals, including broken limbs or death.

Sheep caught in wire mesh fence

Baby deer stuck in wire mesh fence

Overall, high tensile wire fencing seems to be the most fitting option in many cases for environmentally-conscious livestock owners. It’s reliability, strength, and low-maintenance installation makes it a favorable option for Central Florida. Paramount Fencing does recommend using pressure-treated pine posts for the installation, as well as not using concrete on the install to extend the life of your fence.

If high tensile fencing does not look like what you need, remember to consider your other options, and to call Paramount Fencing for a free fence estimate.

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