Garden fencing and trellis guide

Looking for a garden fence may seem simple, but there are more options out there than you might think. Whether it's wooden fencing, concrete fencing, wire fencing, or picket fencing, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing the right one for your garden.

The layout of your garden will help you decide which type of fencing you need - whether it's primarily for decoration, for privacy, or for security. Fence types can also differ between front gardens and those around the back of your house; front gardens often have wrought iron fences, while back gardens frequently feature wood panel fences.

Discover garden fencing that not only complements the exterior look of your home, but also ensures that your outdoor space is a peaceful retreat, with this Tesco buyer guide.

Types of fencing

The materials that garden fencing is constructed from include plastic, wire and timber, to name just a few. To help you obtain a high quality product that suits your space, let's have a look at a few of the most popular ones:

Wood lap fencing

Lap panel fencing offers a sturdy and durable solution for any garden. As one of the most popular styles, it is cost-effective and built to last. With sturdy horizontal beams, this type of fence is ideal if you want to boost your privacy.

The wooden panels are easy to fit between fence posts that have either been cemented or fixed into the ground. Perfect for enduring the changeable British weather, lap panels tend to be hard wearing and their rigid design and strong posts offer extra strength to help prevent the fence bending. Solid lap fencing is also ideal if you have pets to contain that like to run around the garden.

Feather-edge fencing

Also known as closeboard fencing, feather-edge fencing provides a tougher alternative to lap fencing panels. This type of fence is made from vertical wooden boards that are "feathered" at one side resulting in a smoothly tapered edge. The design results in an easy-to-fit versatile fence that is extremely sturdy and should keep any unwanted intruders out, while still retaining the timeless charm of a wooden fence.

Wrought iron fencing

Ideal for any front garden, wrought iron fencing offers a secure frame that doesn't shut out natural light or make a garden area feel boxed in. The robust nature of the material means that these products will last a long time without needing to be treated, unlike wooden fences.

Many wrought iron fences can be easily fixed between the brick peers on a typical garden wall, making them a surprisingly versatile fencing solution.


A great way to make your fence your own is with the addition of an attractive wooden trellis top. Since they are made especially to include aesthetically pleasing gap patterns, they still let in light, and can be placed on top of traditional panel fencing for a more pleasing design and a softer look.

Trellis fencing also doubles as a frame for holding climbing plants. This means it can be set against a wall and still offer an attractive function for your garden..

Fence height

One of the key things to consider when picking the right fence is what height you need. If you live in a listed or historic building there may be some restrictions, so it is always advisable to check with your local council first. Many modern developments also have restrictions on the height of fencing, especially at the front of the property, so it is always a good idea to check your deeds.

The height you choose will probably depend on what the fence is for - if it is just to mark a boundary in your front lawn or separate off another area of your garden then a lower picket fence or wrought iron fence may do the job. However, if you are looking for more shelter and privacy for a back garden then six-foot high lap fencing panels may be the best bet. It is also advisable to clean up the area where the fence is going and use weed-killer to make sure no unwanted plants harm the foundations of your new fencing.

How to fit garden fencing

Measuring- Once you've decided on the right type of fence for your garden, the first step is to measure up. This lets you know how many fence panels you will require. After you've measured the length of your boundary, divide the number by the width of the panel you've chosen. For example, a length of garden that is 30 feet long, requires five 6-foot panels.

Fence posts- When selecting the fence post make sure you pick posts that are higher than the fence, as they need to be buried underground to provide stability. If your fence is to be 6 feet high, choose posts that are 8-foot long. Another key thing to remember is that you need to purchase one more post than you have panels. This ensures that there is a post on each side of each panel.

You can opt to have your fence post concreted into the ground. This makes them extremely sturdy, but is a more expensive option. As a cheaper and easier alternative, select fence spikes or post drives to ensure the posts are firmly embedded into the ground. These should provide more than enough durability for a typical wooden garden fence.

Gravel board- This is the unsung hero of garden fences. As your fence will be touching the ground, it risks damage by moisture ingress, known as rising damp and is more likely to rot. The gravel board is fitted to the base of the fence and protects it from any unwanted water. This is especially crucial if the fence will be in the shade, or if it will border a planted area like a flower bed.

Gravel boards are extremely cheap and easy to replace, and you will no doubt be able to find one that seamlessly fits in with the aesthetics of your fence.

Fence paint

Fence paint isn't just about looks, it is also about how well protected your fence is from the elements. Almost all fences and gates that you buy will have at the very least been dip treated. This offers some protection against wind, rain and snow, though you may need to apply another layer of treatment before you install the fence. There are a variety of cost-effective solutions on the market including Cuprinol sprayable fence paint.

It is also possible to purchase pressure-treated wood, as this means the timber has been through a specialised treatment process ensuring it remains in pristine condition for up to three years. It is always advisable to treat any wooden fence every two to three years.

No matter what type of garden you have, Tesco has the type of fence you need. So browse our range today to transform your garden in no time and benefit from delivery straight to your door.