How to put up a garden fence

The Ultimate Guide to putting up a Garden Fence

A garden fence cannot only add an interesting and eye-catching element to your garden, but it can also ensure that your garden and your home remain functional, secure, and private.

Choosing your garden fence

Before you can put your fence up, or even plan how you’re going to approach the task, you need to identify which type of fence you’re going to erect.

The most common types of fence are:

– Closeboard: Constructed from overlapping vertical boards of timber, this is the strongest and heaviest type of fence panel. Offering complete privacy, closeboard fencing is perfect for boundary fencing between properties.
– Overlap: Constructed from overlapping horizontal timber boards, this type of fencing is a cheaper solution that still offers a high degree of privacy.
– Palisade: A traditional, picket-style fence, a palisade fence offers both visibility and security.
– Trellis: Trellis can be used as open screen fencing or can be positioned on top of a solid fence as a decorative panel.

How to put up your garden fence

Choose your posts

Once you’ve chosen the most appropriate type of fencing panels, you’ll then need to decide if you’re going to use concrete or wooden posts.

Whilst concrete posts deliver a strong, durable fence, they can be difficult to erect. Wooden posts, on the other hand, are easy to handle, but are subject to a higher risk of rotting due to the fact they are buried in the ground.

Do your calculations

Next up, you’ll need to calculate the length of your posts and the number of panels you’ll require.

Prepare the area

Before you even think about erecting your fence, you should clear the area of any plants and weeds, before treating it with weed killer to keep the weeds away.

Next up, if your wooden panels and posts haven’t already been treated to prevent rot and insects, make sure you treat them with an all-purpose wood preservative. (You should find that most have already been treated as standard).

Finally, use pegs and a string line to mark out where the fence will be put up, starting from the position of the first post.

You can then begin to erect your fence!

First things first, you’ll need to check that there are no water pipes or power cables running underneath the area you’ll be digging in.

Then, following your string line, dig a hole for each post using a post spade or a post hole borer (you can hire these if you don’t have one). Then pour a little broken brick or stone into the base of the hole to support the end of the post. Now you can insert the posts into the holes.

Once each post is in place, fill the hole with concrete to just above ground level, then trowel the surface smooth, sloping the concrete away from the post to let the water run off. Using a spirit level, check the post is verticle and prop it up with timber battens whilst the concrete sets. Always make sure you leave the concrete to harden for at least an hour before attaching the fence panels.

Insert the fence panels

Once the cement has totally hardened, you can then begin inserting your fence panels.

It’s important that you ensure that the fence panels are kept off the ground in order to prevent them from rotting! This can be done by leaving a gap of at least 100mm under each panel or by using treated gravel boards along the bottom. Top tip – you can rest the panels on bricks to keep them off the ground before attaching them to the posts.

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