Your garden gate serves multiple purposes, from security to architectural accent. It can be therapeutic for you to perfect your garden, A well built fence will not only add beauty to your garden, it will keep unwanted visitors out, even making your home safer. Here are some ideas for choosing the right gate to compliment your garden.
What style have you incorporated into your garden? If you have edged flower beds, with topiaries and trimmed shrubs, you will probably like a more formal garden gate. A formal gate often looks like the door to a house, with, perhaps, wrought iron inserts rather than windows. Such gates may be flanked by a decorative column, and attached with heavy duty hinges.
A more casual style garden, with shrubs left to grow naturally and scatterings of groups of flowers, will look great with a barn-style gate. This will have the long wrought iron hinges and hasp, reminiscent of a stable door.
Your gate may or may not be an important privacy feature. If the gate is on a part of the fence facing the public, you may want a privacy gate that no one can see through. In some cases, the gate may be designed to look just like the rest of the fence, making it harder to spot. Or, the opposite may be true, with a lovely arch or trellis over the gate. Either way, the solid structure and the height of the gate lends itself to privacy in the garden.
However, you may wish to draw attention to a part of your garden with an attractive gate. These are often bespoke gates, crafted from “found” items such as antique headboards or old wooden doors. These items can add architectural interest to your garden, and serve to draw the visitor into an otherwise unnoticed section.
Whether your gate is for privacy or architectural interest will also determine whether or not it is a security gate. A decorative gate may not even be functional, simply standing open to entice visitors. But, a security gate is intended to keep unwanted visitors out, and to keep them from escaping through the garden if they do enter elsewhere.
A security gate does not have to be ugly. In fact, they are often quite beautiful, with arched frames and intricate metalwork. The key to a security gate is to keep it locked. Surprisingly, many people think that simply latching a gate is enough to promote security. This may mean that an intruder would have to climb the fence to get into the garden, but all he has to do to let is mates in, or to haul your belongings out, is to unlatch the gate. Thus, it is crucial to keep your security gate locked.
Whether you select a gate for accent, decoration, privacy, or security, the best way to keep it functioning is to keep the swing-path clear of debris. This will reduce strain on the hinges and anchor post as the gate is opened and closed.