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Fencing around the home may seem like an ideal choice for the average homeowner. You can keep your dog and children in the yard safely and make a burglar think twice about hitting your home. It can also keep your gardens separate from the recreational area or to keep your dog from peeing on the azaleas.
For the homesteader, it’s a slightly different story. The homesteader has a focus on creating a completely self-sufficient homestead rather than a home that one comes to at the end of a hard day of work. Here are some reasons why a homesteader would want certain types of fencing and it may be something you wish to consider as well:
Block Out the Sound
Homesteaders are predictably planning for a safe haven that does not rely on the outside world. Blocking out the sounds of the hustle and bustle of modern life occurring just off their property is one reason why they may employ highway sound barriers. There are two types available; reflective that send the sound waves back to the origins and absorptive that absorb the sound into the structure. Either way, it keeps the sounds of gunfire, violence, vehicles, and anything else from reaching their ears. Since many homesteaders look for DIYs that they can do on their own, soundproofing your property is still possible. A simple high wood fence will certainly reflect sound back, but it won’t eliminate it fully. Add some shrubs and bushes on the inside of that wood fence to naturally work to lowering noise levels. You could also opt to buy a large plot of land, tuck your home away from the road, and it will slow down anyone making it to your property and you certainly won’t hear a whole lot out there.
Of course, they want to secure their property from outsiders! There are tons of options to consider when protecting the property. High fencing of any kind with no trees or shrubbery nearby can make it considerably difficult to climb over the fence. We recommend using wrought iron or concrete for a long-lasting option. Electric fencing is often considered and is an excellent security measure, the common concern is what if the grid goes down. If you want to incorporate electric fencing, you may want to reinforce it with another option, just in case. Barbed wire is a good old-fashioned option as well. It is also one of the most affordable options and can be used in conjunction with other types of fencing to create some strong boundaries from outsiders. One thing to note, all fencing has a weakness. You might successfully keep someone out but if they really want to get in, they can. Learn the weaknesses and see if you can design a plan that minimizes them as much as possible.
To Mind the Cattle
Many homesteaders have cattle, sheep, and/or goats on a farm that they want to have on hand to support the homestead. Those animals will provide leather, wool, milk, and meats to feed and clothe the family for a long time to come. This means they will need fencing to keep the animals from running off and others from stealing their animals. Many like to use electric fencing as it is quite difficult to get past and looks like regular fencing to the uneducated. However, many homesteaders want to remain off the grid and using electricity counteracts that desire. Barbed wire tends to be a beloved option due to its affordability. If you are buying some for security fencing, you might as well to pick up a bit more for the animals.
Natural is Appealing
Natural fences are also a fantastic option to incorporate for the average homeowner and homesteader alike. They can work to protect your gardens from animals sneaking in for a nibble, keep your animals safe, protect from some weather patterns, and help your gardens grow well. You might even find a few options that can help feed you and your animals! The best part about the natural fences is that it’s not the same type of labor as installing a traditional fence and no one can really tell that it’s a fence designed to protect a homestead. It keeps those nosy neighbors from gossiping about your habits around your home. The biggest downside to the natural fence is that it can take quite a bit of time to grow them into completion and you may have a few failures here and there. This is one option that a long-time homesteader will tell you to start at the beginning of your adventure.
Let’s be honest, many homesteaders love their privacy. They have a lot of work to do each day and they just don’t have time for neighborhood gossip or nosy Nellies visiting. A high fencing system will not only work for security and noise pollution, it allows them to live as comfortably as they like without anyone wandering into the property and disrupting the peace. Some opt for the privacy fence early so that they can work on their shelters in peace without interruptions. This doesn’t mean that homesteaders are “close-minded”. Desiring privacy is important to a lot of people, so a privacy fence is just a no-brainer.
For the Sake of Food
Fencing for creating space for a garden is also a great option. It’s not just for the sake of keeping animals out but also to ensure the thriving nature of the garden. Fencing within the property helps the homesteader determine how much room they have, how much they can grow, what they can grow, and space for everyone to enjoy.
Fencing does so much for the household and you have to determine what it is you want to achieve with your fencing to find the best options. If you have homesteader friends who use any of these fencing options, ask them about it. They just might share some knowledge with you so that you can cut out a lot of trial and error.