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Recently I noticed a build up of organic material up against the side of my A/C fence enclosure. I thought, "I need to clean that up so the fence doesn't start to rot" --too late! Once I revealed the bottoms of the pickets I saw that rot had already started. Replacement was necessary for those four boards and prevention, in the form of debris removal, was necessary for the rest.
What started as a replacement of four boards morphed into a much larger project. We replaced the boards, washed and painted the entire fence, removed the ivy climbing on and near the fence, dug away dirt under the fence, edged, mulched and added a few mums for color!
This project is an example of what happens when you defer or don't keep up with maintenance. This rotting issue would not have happened if I had noticed the build up of debris earlier and removed it. It's always important to check your home's foundation for organic matter build up. We have a lot of moisture in Florida, so it's doubly important as things will rot when it comes in prolonged contact with damp, organic matter.
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