Brush fencing is created with densely packed sections or panels of brush, so that the fence may resemble bales of hay. This type of fencing is a popular option if you want a rustic, natural look for your outdoor space. If you're thinking of choosing brush fencing for your property, note a few commonly asked questions about this material and the fence itself, and this can help you decide if it's the right choice.
What is capping?
Capping refers to a top edge that is placed over the brush fence, usually as part of a wood frame or panel. This capping keeps the top of the brush fence from getting worn and weathered, and also reduces the risk of birds pecking at the brush or making nests on it. While capping may not be required for your brush fencing, it can be a good investment to consider.
Can a brush fence come with a gate?
You typically cannot have a gate made with brush, as the material is often too heavy to be supported by hinges. However, the panels that hold the brush for the fence can be made to any size, so your fence can be constructed with a gap that will accommodate a wood or metal gate. If you must have the look of brush for the gate itself, ask your contractor about a wood gate with a thin outer layer of brush, to hide the wood and create a clean line for your property's fence.
Is a brush fence safe for use by a pool or grill?
When choosing a pool fence for your property, you always want to be mindful of local regulations that may dictate its material and overall construction. However, if allowed in your area, a brush fence may actually be preferred for use around a pool; the brush won't get damaged by pool chemicals, and will simply dry out if it gets splashed, unlike a wood fence that will absorb water and eventually rot or warp.
The density of how the brush is packed also makes is very safe around a grill, as there is no air to circulate inside the packed panels; in turn, the fence won't feed a fire. Of course, you always want to be mindful of safety and not keep a grill too close to any fence, but you shouldn't assume that having an outdoor cooking area means you can't have a brush fence.