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12 Fence Gap Filler Ideas
Is there a gap in your fence? There’s plenty of solutions to fix it. Keep reading and let us help you find the best way to fill that awkward space without having to redo the entire thing.
We’ve all seen them, either in our backyards or the yards of hapless neighbors. They’re fence gaps. Fence gaps are the large gaps that occur when a fence doesn’t completely touch the ground, and they can happen for a wide range of different reasons. Most of the time, it’s a matter of just not putting in the work to make the ground and fence touch. Other times, it could be pests, heavy rain, or just erosion that occurs over time.
Whatever the reason, having a fence gap can be a problem. Along with being visually jarring, it also can pose a risk to you and your loved ones. If you have a dog, it could be a way for them to escape. If you have kids who play in the garden it can also lead to trips. Other times, it could allow dangerous animals to have easy access to your yard. Of course, it’s also an eyesore.
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12 Fence Gap Filler Ideas
So, what can a person can do to fill in that gap? Well, there are a couple of potential solutions…
1. Add Platforms
Some garden gaps can become a major nuisance, especially if you have a dog that likes to dig. The landscapers here decided to make a major move that would help prevent Fido from digging deeper: adding a patio platform to cover up the gap. With the platform in place, it’s harder than ever for a dog to try to root around under the fence.
They kept most of the other edges of the walls raised up as well, making it easier than ever to hide everything. Since dogs can’t dig around a platform as easily as a fence, it works and also makes it easier for the apartment owners (or homeowners) to enjoy a more civilized take on nature.
2. Barred Up
If the worry that you have regarding your fence is the chance of an escaping pet, then you’re not alone. Most dog owners get pretty nervous about leaving their dogs alone. The truth is that they are right to get worried. It doesn’t take long for a very dedicated dog to dig a major hole under a fence and slip out. This is doubly true if your dog can’t stop digging.
At times, this is a problem that is better taken care of with some non-aesthetic options. In this case, the homeowner was able to get a dog fence guard. The metal bars can be shoved deep down into the ground. Since it will take a lot more effort for Fido to get under the fence, this often works easier than most other choices on this list.
3. A Mini Garden
Sometimes, you shouldn’t try to fix the gap in your fence with the use of wood or metal grating. There is often an easier way to do it. Hiding a gap through the use of plant life can be a smart decision here. This is especially true if you use evergreen bushes like holly or petite pines. The broad bushes help obscure the gaps while also adding a nice green touch to your garden.
In this case, the landscapers raised the ground level around the fence and then added the floral accents. This helped fill in any gaps and ensured that any other issues involving soil erosion won’t happen. Besides, the terraced look is always cute. How can you hate on it?
3. Brick It
It’s worth noting that you don’t really need to go whole hog on a fence’s decoration if you want to simply cover up a minor gap. Small holes in your fence tend to work well with simple fixes like having bricks lining your fence. That’s exactly what we see here, with the brick of choice being a simple, petite, and nondescript choice.
There are several ways to make this look work, not to mention several installation methods. Digging a trench, adding bricks and “gluing” them with masonry is one of the most reliable ways to make it happen. With that said, almost every type of brick will add a well-needed pop of color to the fence.
4. Hedging Your Bets
Hedges are one of the safest bets when it comes to concealing fence gaps, especially if you are looking for a way to add some contrasting color. The hedges here are short, but fairly bushy. The bushy texture of the plants helped create an almost solid barrier that would obscure virtually any dip in the dirt that this fenced-in yard would have.
This look works especially well with this fence, since it’s painted a blue-grey. The contrast of the bold green and the blue-grey works well together, and helps make the place look more lively. The statement wall in the back helps add a powerful level of interest that makes the entire backyard look rich.
While we’re on that topic, let’s talk about how nice the taller wall looks. It actually tends to act as a way to help keep homes’ privacy without making things too bougie.
5. Gone Gravelly
Fence gaps often seem to have a way of multiplying or getting deeper. This is true, even if you just added privacy shrubs to counterbalance the dip in your dirt. If you want to get a seriously simple way to help fill in the dips and ditches, then look no further than your local gravel provider. Gravel has a way of working as a wonderful fence filler in a pinch.
Along with being affordable, gravel tends to dissuade critters from digging around. It also can help tamp down on weeds like ivy and dandelions. Oh, and did we mention that it’s also pretty good at preventing excessive erosion? It can be, especially if you add plenty up top. Our suggestion would be to get gravel that looks good with the color fence you choose.
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6. Build That Wall!
We’re going to admit that this is one of the more expensive options on this list, but that doesn’t mean that you have to skip it. This homeowner realized that the gap in his fence was a little too much to handle through traditional means. So, he built a stone wall facade to “carry” half the fence.
To help ensure that the fence’s wall wouldn’t get exposed to the elements, the landscapers also added a light layer of gravel around it. This gave the entire area a cool, finished look that still has a little bit of urban grittiness to it. The stone the builder chose also came with another perk. It looks phenomenal with the fence’s paint job.
7. Cement Terracing
There’s a pretty obvious rule that you may need to make yourself aware of with fences. The steeper the slope your fence is on, the larger your fence gaps will be. In this case, the fencing in question was placed on a massively slanted hill. There were two options here: build the fence on a slant, or find a way to build a foundation that helps keep the fence straight. They chose the latter.
The way they added a foundation was rather involved. They got poured concrete blocks to stand the fence on, then joined the fence panels together with concrete. The fence panels were also added in increasing height, giving the entire area a nice, clean terraced look that will give the homeowner the privacy they want and the gapless transition they needed.
8. Add A Kickboard
A fence kickboard is a wooden panel (or structure) that rests at the bottom of the fence. The fence is often treated to be water and mold-resistant, which is why some folks call it a “rot board.” Regardless of what you call it, installing one can help prevent your fence from rotting away and also improve your gap appearance. This is why they are popular with homeowners of all walks of life. They’re just plain useful.
Of course, this filling method only really works for gaps that are surface level or otherwise petite. It also tends to work best for gaps that happen on concrete or other solid surfaces. If you have a larger gap, then a kickboard probably isn’t going to be the solution that you want it to be.
9. Add A Mini Gate
So far, we mostly spent time talking about the different ways to resolve fence gaps that occur because of dogs digging or because of mud erosion that typically happens under a fence. We didn’t actually talk about gaps that fences can have due to a strange home shape or similar issues. This is what happened here, and as you can imagine, it can be a pain trying to find a fix in a situation like this.
We’re not entirely sure that there was a commercially available fix for this kind of gap, especially of that size. This homeowner, though, managed to come up with a solution that suited this home well. Rather than try to figure out a stopgap, they made their own using lumber and some metal clips. This gave the family a little privacy and presumably kept pets from escaping the yard.
10. Go For A Bottom Lattice
If you have a home with a patio, then chances are that you’ve used lattices to help prevent raccoons from making the area under your porch home. You don’t have to keep lattice barriers to your patio. They are a classic tool for keeping critters out of places and also preventing people from noticing the dips in dirt too much.
In this case, you’re going to see a lot more of the yard outside from inside your area. Even so, it’s a good way to tie a place together, add some variety to your fencing, and also fix the awkward look of having a gap in part of your fence’s bottom. There are several ways to make this work. We’re mostly focused on this option, which involved having the bottom half of the fence done up in a lattice look.
11. Anchor Your Posts
In many situations, fence gaps are caused or even exacerbated by a post that just won’t stay in place. This often happens when the wood warps over time, making it too taught to properly touch the ground. In most cases, the easiest way to handle this is to find a way to anchor that post in place—ideally, before it becomes a problem.
This homeowner decided to make a boxed anchor that’s filled with stones, but you can also make one out of concrete. This post is going to be what anchors a larger fence in. Since there are a lot of wooden bits, being able to find a way to connect the wooden fence post to this anchored partition is a lot easier than it looks.
With that said, this is more of a preventative measure than it is a fix. If you already have wood that’s warping in and around your fence, you may need to get a different fix in mind.
12. Wired Up
via Fence DirectIf you have a dog that loves to dig, or land-bound chickens that you want to keep in your yard, then you have to worry about the gaps in your fencing becoming an invitation for predators. You also have to figure out a way to make sure that your critters will avoid making the gap worse…or worse, becoming an open invite for your furry (or feathered) friends to go outside.
The classic farming solution to this is to add some chicken wire around the base of your fence. Chicken wire is tough enough to keep animals chewing through it, even if they are as chew-happy as rabbits or goats. Animals also don’t like the way that chicken wire feels on their paws or talons. As a result, it’s a perennially useful farming tool as well as a quality fencing tool too.
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