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Caring for Your Cedar Post Fence: Four Easy Tips

By August 14, 2014No Comments

A cedar post fence is a great investment, one which pays ample dividends over many years. In return, it only requires a minimal amount of care. The following tips outline the easy steps to follow for maintenance. Think of them as a guide to getting the most out of your new fence.

  1. Once a year or so, give your beautiful cedar post fence the care it deserves. Mix a few gallons of water with a cup or so of mild dish detergent and a dash of common household bleach. Apply the solution with a garden sprayer or a soft-bristled brush and bucket. Then rinse the surface with a garden hose and let it dry in the sun. Make sure to do small areas at a time so the cleaning mixture doesn’t dry on your fence. A more effective idea might be to purchase special cleaners for cedar lumber, which are available at many home improvement stores; these cleaners/brighteners contain oxalic acid, which is extremely effective on cedar and redwoods.
  2. About every three to five years, apply a sealant to your cedar post fenceto give it an extra degree of resistance to rain and other forms of moisture. Be sure to follow the directions on the sealant container – some of them require multiple coats while others will bubble or blister if a second coat is applied. Sealing your fence won’t take long, and it offers outstanding results, reinforcing cedar’s already formidable water-shedding properties.
  3. Keeping the area around your fence looking its best means weeding the ground alongside and beneath it. This will keep it safe from stains and splotches caused by plant-based acids. This advice applies only to weeds, of course. It’s perfectly fine to plant flowers, shrubs, and grass around your cedar post fence. In fact, this is a great way to enhance its beauty.
  4. After prolonged heavy rains (the kind San Antonio gets on rare occasions) or if your fence is often in the shade, you will want to give your fence a periodic look-over to make sure that no mold or mildew has formed on its surface. If it has, then remove it by adding a small amount of common household bleach or oxalic acid to a gallon or two of warm water. Apply this to the affected area and scrub it with a stiff bristled brush. This is a task that rarely needs to be done with cedar wood, but it’s good to know how to do it so you can keep your fence in top condition.

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