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What Are the Different Types of Fences?

A fence is a barrier erected to confine or exclude people or animals, or to define boundaries. It may be constructed of timber, soil, stone, or metal.

Fencing Summerville SC is one of the most common tools used by ranchers, and it is a critical aspect of wildlife management. Several recent studies have documented the impact of fencing on ecosystems, including a study of how roads and fences can affect disease transmission in wildlife populations.

Weeds (unwanted plants) are a major source of economic loss in agriculture. They compete with crop plants for resources and can reduce yields. They may also harbor insects and diseases that attack crop plants. Weeds can also cause health problems in humans such as poison ivy on the skin and allergy problems from certain pollens.

Weed control methods include hand weeding, mechanical cultivation and application of chemicals acting as herbicides. The goal of weed management is to achieve a balance between the desired plant population and the weeds. However, no weed management program can eliminate all weeds. Preventive measures are the most effective strategy to control weeds. These include a regular inspection of greenhouses, proper sweeping and cleaning, and keeping weed block fabric firmly in place.

Intensive cultivation techniques aim to control weeds at the seedling stage before they become established and have a chance to grow and compete with crop plants for nutrients and light. This method can be labor intensive, but it can also lead to soil erosion and a decline in crop production.

Chemical control is used to kill weeds by applying a selective herbicide that only kills weeds and not the crop. Chemicals are expensive and have a negative impact on the environment. The use of weed killers can also be dangerous for people and animals.

When an herbicide fails, it’s important to investigate the reason for the failure and choose another method of control that weighs cost and time limitations. Weeds are resilient and can come back if treated incorrectly. It is important to keep a record of all weed treatments and the results.

A new method of weed control uses a combination of sensors to identify and locate weeds. This technology, known as spatial weed identification, can be applied to robotic platform scouting systems such as the BoniRob and Naio Dino which are fitted with RTK-GPS modules. Using object-based image analysis algorithms and semantic classification, these systems can detect weeds and provide precise maps for effective and targeted chemical application with GNSS-guided equipment. The system can also be used to identify other crop diseases and pests as well.


Security is a feature of fences that helps to protect family members, pets and valuable property from unwanted trespassers. A fence can act as a physical barrier that stops people and animals from entering areas of the property where they could be in danger, such as around a swimming pool or on a playground. A good fence can also help to deter burglars and other criminals from targeting a home or business. Security features of a fence may include electronic gates, locks and cameras.

A fence can be used to keep livestock and horses fenced in from the public, or it may deter a dog from running off into the street or into the woods. It can also provide privacy and protection from weather or the occasional rogue soccer ball that gets kicked into your yard by a child.

Fencing isn’t usually about swords or backyard boundaries, but it does play a significant role in criminal enterprises. In the context of crime, a fence is a person who knowingly buys stolen goods for resale at a profit. The items stolen can range from electronics to cars and jewelry to art.

In some cases, fences will disassemble the stolen item and sell each part separately, which reduces their risk of being caught by police and other law enforcement agencies. The fences themselves can also be subject to charges related to the original theft, depending on how they facilitate and encourage theft.

The term ‘fencing’ can also be applied to the online sale of stolen items. This type of ‘e-fencing’ is often intertwined with carding, the illegal online sale of stolen credit cards and other banking information. Both e-fencing and traditional fencing involve transactions between at least three distinct parties: the thief who stole the items, the fence who acts as an intermediary and the final purchaser. In the case of e-fencing, the third party is typically an online marketplace. Law enforcement officials often work hard to tackle fencing, using techniques such as undercover operations and tracking stolen items through auctions or pawn shops.


Privacy is the ability of individuals to exclude others from their environment. A fence is an architectural device to segregate a private space from the public and can be used in a variety of settings including the home and office. Privacy also applies to personal information and security. Privacy partially overlaps with security as the former is concerned with excluding others and the latter is about protecting information or bodies.

A privacy fence has close-fitting vertical pickets that block views into a yard or area. The spacing between the pickets is wide enough to allow air and light through, but not visible to passersby. The fence is often painted or coated with vinyl or a similar material to prevent fading from the sun. A sight board runs between posts on a post and wire fence to prevent horses from running into or through the fence. This is a necessity because of horses’ nearsightedness, size and startle reflex.


Durability is the ability of a material or structure to resist damage over a long period of time. This includes the ability to withstand weathering processes or other natural deterioration over time, as well as being able to withstand human-induced degradation. In manufacturing, durability is also a measure of the life cycle of a product. Durability requires the design of products and structures that can withstand the elements, as well as a willingness on the part of consumers to forgo the latest version of a product in favor of something that will last longer.

A fence is an artificially constructed barrier of boards, masonry, rails, wires or other materials that are used to enclose space and screen areas or separate parcels of land. Fences include swimming pool enclosures, privacy screens, retaining walls and noise attenuation walls. They do not include tarpaulins, scrap material, hedges or groups of bushes.

Fences are commonly made from wood or metal, but they may also be made from living plants. Fences made from living plants are common in Europe, where they are often called hedges and Latin America, where they are sometimes known as cactus fences. Historically, fencing materials have been made from timber, soil, stone and metal.

In modern times, wire has become the preeminent fence material. It is economical, durable and easy to make. Wire fences may be woven into fabric or affixed to posts. They can be made to have a variety of shapes and sizes, including barbed-wire fences, which are effective for containing livestock.

The word “fence” is derived from the Middle English fens, which means defense or defence, from defens. The sense of a boundary-defining structure evolved from this, as did the sense of an enclosure, as shown in the early 16th century in Shakespeare. From the late 16th century, the fence has been a popular feature in garden landscaping and, since the 19th century, for use in urban housing developments. Today, the term is mainly used in commercial contexts.