Some fences are built with minute gaps to allow for expansion and contraction, but more significant gaps appear over time. Fence gaps create many issues, from unfortunate pet escapes to wildlife chewing on your vegetables. Aside from critters digging at your fence, gaps can result from natural shifts in the terrain or weather damage.
Below, we’ll cover some creative strategies on how to fill gaps in a wooden fence:
- Shift boards to add newer slats
- Cover fence gaps with vinyl woven straps
- Fill gaps with creeping vines or flowers
- Line the fence with hedges
- Add fence decorations for eclectic coverage
- Hang shelves to store plants and other items
- Use stones to fill gaps closer to the ground
Shift Boards to Add Newer Slats
If you have noticeable gaps in your fence, one of the best ways of fixing it is to shift the boards over and add new ones.
If your fence is screwed in place, you must unscrew the parts with significant gaps. Reinstall those slats close together as they originally appeared. Then, you’ll add new fencing slats at the end.
This method results in a more permanent fence repair that preserves the original look of your fence.
Cover Fence Gaps With Vinyl Woven Straps
If you just want to cover the gaps and don’t care about appearances, a quick, low-cost repair is to staple down vinyl woven straps over the gaps.
Line up the vinyl woven strap over the gap to find the correct measurement and cut it out. Use a staple gun to staple along the sides of the strap to secure it. Vinyl woven straps are also known as vinyl strips, poly strapping and utility webbing. This material is weather-resistant, comes in many colors and works great as a patch job.
Fill Gaps With Creeping Vines or Flowers
A wooden fence with gaps is the perfect material for creeping vines or flowers to adorn. All you need is an added support system to help train the vines where you want them to grow.
You could purchase a trellis or make one with materials lying around the house and build a vertical garden right on your fence. Colorful wire and a staple gun will also do in a pinch. From morning glories and honeysuckle to strawberries and blackberries, the ideas for a bountiful garden are endless.
Line the Fence With Hedges
Plant hedges along the fence symmetrically to help cover gaps and add more detail to your landscaping. Perhaps you only want more coverage during the hotter times of the year. Short shrubs or mid-size evergreen trees can provide seasonal or year-round coverage.
Many plant nurseries sell shrubs and trees nearing maturity that offer a low-cost option to cover fence gaps. You can also hire someone to trim them into unique shapes.
Add Fence Decorations for Eclectic Coverage
If you’re a collector or artist, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to fill gaps in a wooden fence with small pieces of wonder. Turn your fence into a work of art.
Invest in different types of birdhouses to line the gaps of your fence with, and paint them different colors. Fill the birdhouses with a bit of birdseed to attract birds. Hang them in late winter or early spring to increase the likelihood of bird occupation.
Showcase your creativity by painting a 2-D mural or creating a 3-D mural out of items found at yard sales, thrift stores or while traveling.
Hang Shelves to Store Plants and Other Items
Turn your fence into a convenient storage area and fill fence gaps simultaneously. Small hanging shelves won’t weigh down the fence too much and provide a place to store plants, toys, garden tools and other items.
Use Stones to Fill Gaps Closer to the Ground
River rocks or painted rocks would make an aesthetically pleasing addition to cover gaps at the bottom of a fence.
Select stones between one to three inches in width and gently stack them into place. If you’re worried about wildlife moving them aside, you can use rocks from around your yard or neighborhood to fill the hole and cover it with fresh soil.
Small gaps are expected due to the expansion and contraction of wooden fences over time. However, significant gaps due to wear and tear from weather damage, terrain shifts and wildlife are natural.
We hope these tips have provided you with a creative solution for how to fill gaps in a wooden fence. Sometimes, the best solution is a more permanent fence repair or new fence installation. Nortex Fence & Patio uses cedar as our preferred material since it’s a natural insect repellent, and wild cedar trees can live past 300 years.
Our company has provided superb fencing services to residential and commercial clients since 1998. All cedar projects are backed by a 10-year warranty, and each fence is crafted by a master craftsman whose quality handiwork is unparalleled in workmanship and materials. Contact us today.