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Video: Garden Wicket, Selection And Installation
Which gate to choose for the site, how to install it
The garden gate is a kind of garden accent. From a purely practical point of view, the gate is the entrance to the garden from the outside. She can also play a symbolic role between separate parts of the garden. A gate can serve as an entrance to a romantic place, providing privacy and security.
Some gardeners - ardent fans of the style - create carved decorations on it, which add value to the design. Others add a decorative look to the wicket by decorating it with climbing roses or other vines.
Solid lockable gates in a tall fence or hedge create a sense of privacy, fencing and security. An open wicket door, even housed in a solid, solid fence, provides the desired ventilation. A tall, solid gate brings mystery, inviting you to enter an interesting garden. It can serve as a focal point, creating privacy in it.
Wickets, even low ones, about 90 cm high, serve as an important transport object when leaving the garden to the outside world, as well as when moving from one part of the garden to another. They define the boundaries that connect two territories together. Wickets, like footbridges with paths, are used to improve landscape design.
Experienced gardeners are not limited to using gates only around the perimeter of their property. They also use them within the site for visual separation of areas or for fencing a garden room.
There are endless options for gate styles to suit any landscape. Massive metal gates create a respectable appearance for the entrance to the garden, ensuring reliability. Simpler wickets are usually painted in the color of hedge pickets. It is better if both are painted white. They decorate traditional rural houses.
The gate to the garden beds can be roughly chopped in a wooden frame and the same as a hedge to protect planting from animals.
Fantastic looking Japanese wickets are round in shape. This circle can be completed with carved wood or metal details. They complement the visual interest in site design and provide safety.
It is important to choose a gate style that matches the style of the garden. For example, use a color that matches the color of the house, or use the light color of the gate in contrast to the dark leaves of the plants.
Wickets can be placed in various places in the garden. If there is a patio on the site that faces the lawn and is fenced with an evergreen hedge, a gate is arranged in its gap. Here it has two functions. First, it breaks the horizontal monotony of the patio by creating an exit from the patio to the lawn. Secondly, the active patio area, as a place for socializing, receiving guests and family gatherings, is provided with access from the garden.
If a gate is your main access to your property, it should be strong, secure, and wide enough for two people to pass together, trolley or bike.
Narrow gates are more in line with the interior of the garden.
Factory gates or handicraft? Gate companies usually offer a choice of modern styles of these products, with the latest materials. But old wooden or metal gates are also invariably in demand.
Any wicket you choose will fulfill its function. The appearance of a wicket door can enhance the attractiveness of the environment. The gate, decorated with flowering vines, is a classic garden design detail. The gate looks especially beautiful if ornamental shrubs are planted on both sides of it.
How to hang a gate? Wickets are suspended from poles, which are mainly made of metal, bricks, wood and concrete. The diameter of the posts is determined by the width of the wicket. Wickets up to 90 cm wide should be suspended from poles immersed for stable stability 50 cm into the ground.
Wickets with a width of 90 to 120 cm require stronger posts, immersed at a depth of at least 60 cm. At the same time, a gap of 6–7 cm between the bottom of the wicket and the ground should be provided to ensure easy opening and closing.
Prepare all the necessary materials and tools before hanging the gate. Read carefully the instructions on the cement packaging to find out how long it takes to set. After all, once you have reliably hung the gate, you can then adapt to this place any other gate with a lock you need so that it functions normally.
Now we start preparing the place for the pillars. Place the gate on the ground and mark the locations for the posts. Provide adequate and comfortable space for hinges and locks. From the designated place for the pillars, it is necessary to remove the top of the ground and prepare a flat bottom for them. Temporarily fasten the gates with the posts with nails. Then we will dig holes for the posts. Before installing the pillars, a layer of gravel should be placed on the bottom of the pit, then the lower part of the pillars should be securely fixed along the plumb line and level, buried in the gravel by 7–8 cm.
As temporary support, you can reinforce the posts with staples and stakes. Before filling the pit with concrete, again check the correct installation of the posts using a plumb line and level.
When the concrete is finally strong, remove the brackets and supports, attach the hinges fixed to the gate to the post and then install the lock. The work will be better argued if one person holds the gate in the required position, while the other drills, screws in and attaches the hardware. If you perform all the operations carefully, then such a gate will serve you for more than one year.