MAINTAINING A McGREGOR DOG FENCE
- Attaching the Fencing
- Joining the Fence Sections
- Managing Grade Changes and the Bottom Fold
- Installing Dog Fence Gates
- Fence Maintenance
All long dog fences need to be periodically inspected. Whether the fence is polypropylene or metal, a lane on both sides needs to be kept clear of branches and encroaching vegetation. In addition, the fence needs to be kept free of vines and fallen limbs. Vines growing on the fence are of special concern, and it is not enough to merely cut them at the base and kill them–for dead vines can catch snow and ice in winter to an extent that the weight could cause a tall fence to buckle. Of course, extensive vine growth is hard to pull out in summer without damaging the fence, so in this circumstance the best tactic is first to cut the vines at the bottom. Then come back a few days later, when the leaves have died, and extract the dead vines from the fence.
Following winter storms, especially ice storms, inspect the fence to make sure it is still up, and remove any accumulated snow and ice–something that should be done qingerly in the case of a polypropylene fence in order to avoid damaging the fence.