How to look after willow fence panels, gates & garden edging

7 October 2021

Our willow fence panels, gates and garden edging are beautiful and, if treated properly, they can keep their good looks for many years.

Preserving your fence panels, gates & edging

To prolong the life of a willow fence panel, gate or garden edging, a mixture of boiled linseed oil and turpentine needs to be liberally applied on a regular basis.


One of our panel protector packs should cover (front and back) 4 – 6 6ft x 6ft fence panels

To apply with a brush – Simply tip equal amounts of boiled linseed oil and turpentine into a clean pot/jar/bucket stir the mixture and apply to both sides of the panel/gate/edging. Please be aware that the panel/gate/edging may remain ‘sticky’ for a couple of weeks. Apply once or twice a year.

To apply with a spray bottle – Add slightly more turpentine than boiled linseed oil to your spray bottle and give it a good shake to mix. Spray liberally (no brushing required!). This method tends to use less of the turpentine and boiled linseed oil than brushing. The panel/gate/edging will be sticky to the touch for a week or two. Again, be sure to treat your panel/gate/edging once or twice a year.

The weather will play a significant part in determining how long a panel/gate/edging will last. If the willow in the panel turns a silver/grey this is a sign that the willow hasn’t been adequately treated. Look closely and you will find that the bark has come away to expose the inner rod. At this stage, it is too late to treat the willow. The rods will be brittle and snap easily. A panel will still be beautiful to look at but will need to be replaced sooner rather than later.

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