Picking the Right Fence with Pets

Homeowners with pets tend to want two basic things when looking for a fence. The first one is a fence that will safely keep their beloved “family member” in the yard. The other thing is a fence that’s actually an enhancement or complement to their landscape and exterior features. If you’re in the process of choosing a fence that meets both of these requirements, here are some factors you’ll want to consider.


Size of Your Pet

Smaller dogs and other household pets often have a knack for getting through fence posts where there’s a gap that’s large enough for them to make their escape. Even if fence posts aren’t spaced wide enough for a clean getaway, there’s always the risk that a determined pet could get stuck.

One way to prevent issues like this with small pets is with vinyl or aluminum fencing that has smaller spacing between posts. Another option is a solid wood fence with no gaps at all that’s firmly secured into the ground. Not only will you have no gaps, you’ll also enjoy privacy in the area where your pets normally roam, which is a good thing for the humans who like to hang out there, too.

For larger pets, fence height is important. You can opt for any type of fence if you have a large dog. Just make sure it’s high enough to prevent them from jumping over the fence when something on the other side catches their attention.

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Prepping Your Deck for Winter

Winter weather can be harsh on your deck, and proper maintenance is key to preventing damage. By following these simple steps, you can protect your deck from rain, snow and ice, so you’ll be able to enjoy the outside of your home come spring.


Clean Your Deck

First, sweep your deck to remove dirt, leaves, and other debris, and use a putty knife to clean the spaces between the boards. Next you’ll need to clean the surface boards. Use a scrub brush to remove mildew, algae, dirt, and rust. Specialty deck cleaners are available, but you can make your own by mixing together equal parts of warm water and bleach.

It’s a good idea to remove any planters, as moisture can build up and lead to the development of mildew. If possible, store your patio furniture someplace dry, like your garage. Should you need to leave some pieces out, remove any pillows or cushions, and consider purchasing outdoor furniture covers. A cover can also protect your grill from winter weather damage.

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