How to Build a Garden Fence

Ensuring the boundary of your home is adequately protected against unwanted visitors is essential if you want to remain free from becoming a victim of crime. A poorly protected boundary will make it easy for people to unlawfully access your home with ease. As such, one of the most beneficial methods of securing your home is to build a wooden garden fence. Here we look at the easiest way of completing the task that will give professional results every time.

Prepare the Area

Remove all old fencing and debris from the area you will be fitting the new fence to in preparation for the works to commence. A clean and tidy work area is a safe work area so take a little time to make sure this task is completed before continuing.

Installing the Posts

Starting with the two end posts dig a hole approx 2-3 deep in the ground and set the posts in so they are plumb and straight.  To secure them in place fill the hole with concrete.

Next tie a sting line between the 2 posts to establish the position of the rest of the fence posts. Measure the appropriate distance from the first posts to find its relative position. Again repeat the process of creating a hole and setting the post in concrete.

Continue this process until all the posts are in place in the correct positions then leave for a few days to allow the concrete enough time to sufficiently harden before attempting to attach the wooden fence panels.

Fitting the Fence

Depending upon the type of fencing you have chosen, there will be a number of way s of attaching it to the posts.

Wooden fence panels – This type of fence is connected to wooden posts using specialist metal connecting clips. These should be nailed to the posts at the correct height then the fence panel should be simply dropped into position. To further secure it a couple of nails will hold it securely in place.

Open boarded fence & picket fences – Constructed from smaller individual components, these types of garden fencing require much more time to fit. Start by fixing horizontal rails at the correct height between all the posts. From there it is simply a case of nailing each vertical board to the rails leaving the desired gap in between. This process is fairly slow so the added benefit of a nail gun will make the job that little bit faster.

Staining or Painting

Whilst the majority of wood fencing is constructed from pressure treated timber that strictly speaking does not require much maintenance, the addition of a good quality paint or stain will further enhance the look of the fence and will also help to prolong the lifespan. For the best results start at one end a work methodically ensuring all areas are evenly covered. Should a further coat be required wait until the first one is dry otherwise unsightly run marks may occur.



I have a number of years experience within the construction industry and enjoy writing on a wide range of subjects relating to home and garden improvement and design.

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