Your garden gate is a window into your garden and you need to choose one that suits your style. There are many commercial garden gates that you can choose from. However, if you want something a bit more personal, you should consider installing a custom gate. There are a number of ideas that you can use to create the perfect custom entrance to your garden.
A Vine Gate
If you are looking for a rustic gate that has nostalgic value, you should consider a vine gate. These gates do take some patience and you will have to wait for the vines to grow around the gate and are not something that you can instantly have. The gate itself is generally a rustic wooden gate made of any wood that you want.
The vines that you can use with this gate will be personal preference. There are some people who enjoy having ivy around their gates while there are other people who opt for grape vines. When choosing the vine, you should consider the climate and how quickly you want the vines to grow. Ivy will grow faster than grape vines and you need to consider this.
Willow Stick Gate
The Willow Stick gate was originally created to keep chicken-eating animals out of the garden. However, it does offer a quirky gate that is more open than the vine gate. If you choose this kind of gate, you do not have to use willow sticks, you can choose any wooden sticks for the gate.
The gate will be an open panel gate and the wood sticks are threaded through the gate. You will not have to use any glue or nails for this gate if you only have a single post in the middle of the gate. Of course, using adhesives and nails will make the gate more secure.
The Antique Gate
If you want something a bit more traditional, you should consider an antique gate. These gates are generally large and will have two doors. They also offer a rustic curved door which is best for gardens that have a lot of foliage. Most people will paint their antique gates a light colour, but you can leave the wood as it is.
If you want to add some personality to the gates, you can have cutouts. These are generally located close to the top of the doors can could be any shape. A common cut out that people use is a heart because it makes these gates less intimidating.
Garden Tool Gate
If you want something a bit different, you can get a garden tool gate. These gates will use garden tools instead of slats and are generally attached to a swinging frame. It is recommended that you use second-hand tools for this gate because it will give it an aged look.
Of course, if you are going to use this gate, you need to look at treating the tools. This will stop them from rusting and causing discolouration of the wood. You will also have to replace them less often when they are not rusting.