A fence is a functional and decorative structure that protect properties from intruders, provide privacy, separate different areas and add beautiful accents to yard landscaping ideas. Add privacy and structure to your garden with one of our stylish and practical fence ideas. The art of yard fencing has evolved throughout the years, from simple property separators built with any available materials, to complex, artfully carved creations spanning multiple materials and hues. By far the most common fence material, wood provides a traditional look at a moderate price. Depending on the species you choose, from low-cost pine to high-end cedar or redwood, your installer may recommend treating it with a stain or wood preservative to protect it from insects, rot, and ultraviolet light. Expect to repeat the job every three to five years.