How to Use Temporary Fencing on Your Property This Winter
Protecting your property from the ravages of winter goes beyond just shoveling snow. Many property owners are unaware how much damage snow and cold can cause to their property. Temporary fencing can help direct snow away from your property to reduce the risk of damage. However, other types of temporary fencing can be used to serve different purposes. Here’s how to use temporary fencing on your property this winter.
Using Snow Fences
Snow fences are specially designed to force snow to drift into a specific area. They can keep roads and driveways clear and create drifts primed for a handy supply of water in the spring. The snow fence creates a barrier from the wind, preventing snow from building up in areas that lead to issues.
From doorways to driveways and basement windows to roadways when you place a snow fence downwind of areas commonly exposed to snowdrifts, you easily redirect the snow. A rule of thumb when installing a temporary snow fence is to place the fence 35 times further away than the fence height. So if your fence is five feet tall, it needs to be 175 feet away from the spot you wish to protect.
Animals wander about in the winter including deer and raccoons. If you have a garden area you wish to protect, temporary fencing is the perfect answer. A fence will keep animals from digging throughout the winter, hoping to find some leftovers from your vegetable garden or flower beds. The right fence choice is a must to keep the animals away. Since you are dealing with animals of various sizes, ideally your fence should be at least four feet high, with no more than two inches between your fence posts, or fence screening. While raccoons will happily climb just about anything, at least you will keep the deer away.
Trampling Garden Beds
If you have ongoing activity in your garden or on your property in the winter, temporary fencing can help reduce the trampling of your garden or lawn. You can set up perimeters around the area you wish to protect so that people can still enjoy making snowmen, cross country ski or even snowmobile without causing damage to key areas of your property.
Cordoning Off Dangerous Areas
Temporary fencing is the best way to cordon off dangerous areas that might become invisible in the snow. This can include ponds and other water features, hills, unexpected holes and more. When people are on your property, they will avoid accidents whether they are on foot, driving, sledding or on snowmobiles.
Setting Garden Boundaries
Proper fall garden maintenance means you have to clear away leftover plants and foliage for next spring. This can make it harder to find your garden beds in the spring. You can use temporary fencing in the winter to set boundaries for your garden beds, so you know where to start your spring prep gardening efforts. You can pay attention to the needs of the soil, till the area, and help protect the tender bulbs below.
While temporary fencing might not come to mind for most homeowners, they can help protect your property during the winter months.