The Practical Farm

Get Fencing Ready for Summer

The grass is green and summer is upon us. As a horse owner, now i

By: The Practical Farm |

Make sure insulators are secure for electric fencing.

Make sure insulators are secure for electric fencing.

The grass is green and summer is upon us. As a horse owner, now it is time to start thinking about making sure that your fence is in good working order. No matter what type of fence you have on your farm or acreage, it is important to maintain your fences to ensure that your horses are safe and happy.

Some fence types may require less upkeep than others, but all need inspection and often some repair. Following the winter months is the best time to walk your fence lines with tools in hand to assess maintenance needs. Plus, it is good to check your fences on a regular basis! This should take place before you let your horses out to grass.

Make sure there are no sagging sections in your flex fence.

Make sure there are no sagging sections in your Flex Fencing.

Fence Maintenance: What to Look For

Below is a list of some of the key things to look for when you go out to do your fence check. It is categorized into four main types: Electric, Flex, PVC and Wood Fences. Each subheading offers some specific guidelines to make it easier to decipher what needs to be repaired or not.

 

 

Electric Fence

  • Make sure fence posts have no snow damage, are sturdy, and are in the upright position
  • Check to see if insulators are all in place, not cracked or broken
  • Check ends and corners to make sure under gate cable is attached
  • Test the electric on each section of the fencing and each rail
  • Ensure that nothing is touching the electric strands – this includes grass or weeds
  • Listen to your fencer, if you hear an erratic snapping sound that means that there is a short in the fence or use a fence tester to check for shorts

Flex Fence

  • Flex should look tight, if there is sagging or any area’s folded over, make sure to tighten fencing or straighten before tightening
  • Clean it to remove debris buildup if needed

PVC Fence

  • Look to see if there are cracks in the plastic and replace if necessary
  • Make sure that PVC is fully into the slots in the posts and clips are engaged
  • Clean it to remove debris buildup if needed

Wood Fence

  • Repair loose boards if you see them, and make sure they are in good shape
  • Tap in popped nails and replace missing ones
  • Scrape off any loose paint and repaint if necessary
  • Check for water damage on the posts to prevent them from rotting at the base

There are also some general things to consider as well that apply to all four-fence types mentioned. These include controlling grass and weeds under the fence and to avoid repairing wood posts with old ones lying around on the property. Controlling the length of grass and weeds under your fence lines can be done by weed whacking and/or mowing or the alternative, which is spraying. Similarly, if a post needs replaced, save yourself the hassle and put in a new one that will last longer.

If you are looking for more information about fencing products or want to buy fence supplies or tools, do not be afraid to consult the experts. The staff at System Fencing is always ready to help you with your fencing needs or answer any questions that you might have at sales@systemfence.com or 1-800-842-6148