Wood fences are a fantastic asset to any yard. They give you privacy and keep your kids or animals safely in your yard. But what do you do when your beautiful wood fence starts to turn green? It’s more common than you think. There are a couple of common culprits, including mildew, green algae, or green mold. While they’re unsightly, if your fence is turning green, it’s easy to fix!
What’s Growing On My Wood Fence?
- Mildew: This fungus thrives in damp environments, so you may see mildew growth if your fence doesn’t completely dry out very often. As this fungus spreads, it can eat away at your wood fence and cause damage.
- Green Algae: This slippery green fungus also can grow on wood that doesn’t air out often. Luckily, algae typically does not cause damage to your fence. If you notice growth on your fence, be sure to check the ground around the bottom of the fence for algae as well. Since it’s very slippery, it can be dangerous if on the ground.
- Green Mold: Like mildew, mold can also destroy the integrity of your wood fence. If you suspect you have green mold, be sure to treat it right away to prevent any damage.
Can I Get Rid Of It Myself?
A few methods can help remove a small amount of mildew, green algae, or green mold, including pressure washing with a bleach solution, using a scrub brush with a bleach solution, or using a wood cleaner fences. You can also sand the growth off of the pickets if you’d prefer not to use bleach. Be sure to protect yourself or any plants around and take proper safety precautions when using any of these methods.
If a large portion of your wood fence is damaged, you should consider removing it and installing a brand new fence.
How Can I Prevent It?
If you have a brand new fence or just put in the work to remove the growth from your wood fence, there are ways you can prevent it from coming back! The first is to always use a quality fence company like Hercules Fence to use pressure-treated lumber for your fence. Pressure-treated lumber has preservatives in it to preserve the integrity of your wood. You can also sand, prime and paint or stain and seal your fence. Outdoor paint and sealants will help keep water out of your wood so you can enjoy your beautiful fence for years to come!
Get in Touch With Hercules Fence Today
Hercules Fence has experience with nearly every type of residential and commercial fencing material imaginable, from wood and aluminum to chain link, vinyl, steel, and even temporary fencing. We have developed a reputation for quality work and fair, competitive prices. Hercules Fence is ready to serve you from six convenient locations. We have offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
If you have any questions about finding your dream fence or fence maintenance, you can contact Hercules Fence today by calling (757) 316-3600 or visit FencesNewportNews.com today for a free quote!