Preparing Your Wood Fence for Spring

Once the warmer weather of Spring begins to come around the corner, many property owners turn their attention to landscaping and outdoor spaces to freshen it up. One of the major features to pay attention to is your NY wood fence and anything that needs to be done in the way of cleaning or refreshing it to keep it as good as new.

Check out these few simple steps to take the best care of your NY wood fence.

1. Fully Inspect Your Wood Fence

Start by taking a slow walk around the entire length of your fence on either side to look at the condition of the boards, posts, and rails. If there’s nothing wrong, you’re in great shape! Sometimes, you may find the start of a loose board or a discolored area beginning to fade in color. Any warping, cracking or stained boards should be noted to determine what type of care it may need. 


In addition, check out all of the joints and seams of your NY wood fence for any signs of potential issues. By doing this routinely, you will be able to avoid serious problems by fixing the small ones before they have a chance to grow into larger, more expensive ones.

2. Determine What Repairs Are Needed Now

As you do regular check-ups on your fence through each new season or a couple of times a year, you’ll be able to start spotting potential issues right away and even will be able to tell approximately how long the problem has been developing. Every board or post that may be cracked, warped, or rotted can be replaced individually without the expense of fully replacing your fence. Mold or mildew areas can be cleaned with a special wood cleaner, and discolored areas can indicate that it’s time to repaint or stain soon.

3. Wash Your NY Wood Fence

Wood fences are one of the most susceptible types of fence to mold or mildew because of its porous surface. Due to this fact, it’s important to keep your wood fence free and clear of large stains or mildew buildup to minimize the problem and keep it from spreading. There are a variety of different methods of cleaning your wood fence, based on the seriousness of the problem. For light dirt areas, hose down your fence with water. When there are more intense stains, you can try a power washer. For a deeper clean, try a gentle soap and water to see if that will do the trick. 

4. Keep Your Landscaping Trimmed

As fresh blooms begin to appear on your New York property, now is an excellent time to trim your landscaping, put down new mulch, and prepare for the next season of growth and development. Maintaining the health of your plants will not only make them appear better, but it will also prevent them from growing too near to your fence or forming overgrowth that might attach itself to your wood fence and cause harm.

5. Check Your Fence’s Finish Condition

Wood fences need to be repainted or re-stained every few years in order to keep them protected, sealed, and as good as new. When it comes to spring cleaning, there’s no time like the present! Examine the surface of your wood fence to determine the surface finish, the vibrancy of the color, and whether or not there are any fractures or breaks in the wood. Both stain and paint are excellent choices for this task. Make certain that whatever you purchase is a high-quality brand, or get a professional to do the task for you.

Is it Time For a New Fence? 

After inspecting your NY wood fence and determining how much work it needs to get it ready for Spring, you may decide that it’s really time for a new fence. If that’s the case, let us help guide you through the process. Our expert fence staff can discuss the plan you need and get a quote for your job, just the way you want it.

Talk to the Professionals at Williams Fence!

Williams Fence is your answer for all things fence across NY and beyond. Our experts are here to answer your questions about maintenance and show you what great fencing service in NY looks like! Give us a call at (315) 841-4910 or reach us on our website today!