Unlock the door to your secret garden
The gateway to your garden gives visitors a hint of what they will see inside. Depending on whether you want to keep your yard a total secret or put your hard work on display, your garden gate should reflect, to some extent, the themes you have running through your flowerbeds. It should also give you and your family enough security to keep out any unwanted visitors to your piece of paradise.
Gates can be a part of an existing fence or even arbors, but they are also featured as stand-alone entrances by being hung between two trees or shrubs. This sort of gate works well if you are sectioning off different parts of your garden.
If you are installing a gate in your garden as a security feature, planting climbing plants and flowers around it will soften the hard edges of the wood. Be careful, however, what kind of flowers and plants you are choosing, as some can ruin gates with their rooting habits. You can also add a trellis or archway for a more romantic feel.
Gates are made of a variety of different materials, including wood, wrought-iron, polyethylene, and of course, traditional white picket. Consider the exterior and style of your home when you're choosing a garden gate. You don't want to put a modern gate on a Victorian home, for instance, for fear of causing a style clash that will make both the house and gate look wrong. Make sure that the rails of your gate are spaced to your satisfaction - if Rover likes to wriggle his way out of your yard or you have a wandering toddler, then smaller spaces between the slats are a good idea.
Gates can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, depending on the size and construction. A solid red cedar gate is a beautiful addition to any home and will provide great security. You can expect to pay around $150 for this type of gate, without a fence. A wrought-iron gate, depending on the intricacies of the decoration, will cost around $200 to start.
Remember to choose your gate based on what you will use it for. If you are going to use it as an entrance to a swimming pool, pond or hot tub, make sure you check out your city's safety bylaws to ensure that your gate meets code and will prevent any unfortunate accidents.
Check out a bunch of manufacturers before making your choice. Sometimes manufacturers will carry the same gate at different prices, so shop smart and go home with the best deal for your garden.