Horizontal fence is an attractive addition to the entire garden. Unfortunately, the natural beauty of the wood will fade if left untreated, and for a year or two the fence will look old and unkempt. Applying a waterproof stain can also help out any defects and color inconsistencies in the wood, giving a more finished look. More importantly, it will protect the wood and keep the fence looking its best for many years to come.
Select your spot. If you really want the natural wood fence to shine through, choose a transparent spot. The seed will also be visible with a semi-transparent bets, but more color will be added to the wood. With a variety of colors, choosing the right shade is a matter of personal taste, but you should consider the color of your house when choosing it. If the forecast is good, place the paint tape on any metal on the fence and gate and place dust cloth or old sheets under the fence. If the fence sits on a patio, dust sheets will help you avoid splashing the patio with paint.
Touch the stain well and pour some of it into the roller tray. Use the roller to apply the stain just as you would if you apply color. Working on a section fence at once, rolling in the direction of the wood fibers, aims for even coverage. If you roll over and close with drops, wipe them quickly with a clean, dry cloth. Use a brush to fill in all parts of the fence the roller has missed. Once you have even coverage, move on to the next fence panel and repeat the process. Wait 24 hours and then apply a second layer to the fence. When finished, remove paint tape from all hardware and discard it with any used rags in a sealed plastic bag. Rinse all brushes in lacquer naphtha and wash in soapy water.
Matching home designs or landscapes are sometimes the best way to come up with wooden fence ideas. For example, if your home has a rural type feels or you have beautiful flowers and plants patterned after English gardens, a fence would be a fitting choice. The goal is to show off the home and the yard, and a fence with short dog ears wooden piles or pickets with sculpted ends is just a few picket style fence options. Ranch-style houses, log cabins and homes with xeric landscapes using cactus, wild grass and other low water plants are best framed by split-rail or logwood fencing.