DIY Garden Fence Building: 15 Steps

DIY Garden Fence Building: 15 Steps
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    Not only will a garden fence protect your garden by keeping out stray animals, but it can also add a more modern or vintage appeal to your home.

    With an affordable quality garden fence made of timber, maintenance for several years is possible and simple.


Before you get started, you’ll need to make sure that the boundary for your dream fence doesn’t intrude on your neighbor’s property. Check your title deeds, then get the right fence size and design that best fits your vision for your garden.

Different types of fences are better for different purposes. Just a couple examples include privacy and security.

Garden fence designs for privacy

  • Waneylap garden fencing: a less costly timber fencing made up of overlapping horizontal boards which give you a good amount of privacy.
  • Featheredge garden fencing: heavy and very solid timber fencing made up of overlapping boards which give you great privacy.

Open screen fencing

  • Trellis garden fencing can be used for open screen fencing, or as decoration on a different kind of fence.

Picket-style fencing

  • Palisade garden fencing: this type of fencing provides good security as well as nice visibility.

Fence post types

There are pros and cons to concrete posts and to wooden posts. Concrete posts are more sturdy and stable, but are harder to install. Wooden fence posts are easier to deal with, but are susceptible to rot since they are buried under the ground.

The final piece of information you need before building your fence is the height of your fence. First you have to figure out post length and then how many panels you need.

Once you have factored in all of the above information, you will be ready to start building your new garden fence!

DIY Garden fence building:

  1. Mark your boundary line with some string.
  2. Spray the area with a weed killer
  3. Remove vegetation from the area
  4. Lay out your fence posts right along the string
  5. Make sure the power cables and water pipes aren’t getting in the way
  6. Use a metal bar or something similar to create a line of holes spaced in an even fashion. Holes must be about two feet deep and three times wider than your posts
  7. After posts are placed, add support to each post by adding brick or similar material to the holes
  8. Fill each hole up halfway with water and then add concrete mix
  9. When concrete reaches ground level, slate the concrete away from the fence post so water will run down it smoothly.
  10. Make sure your post is sticking straight up vertical and that it is evenly adjacent on both sides
  11. Keep it propped up with wooden battens to hold up the post while the concrete hardens
  12. Let the concrete set for at least an hour before attaching the fence panels
  13. After it’s hardened, screw the panels to the posts with 2 or 3 post clips per panel
  14. Keep the panels off the ground to prevent rotting if using wooden posts
  15. The last step is to screw the fence panels to the posts with 2 or 3 U-shaped clips per post



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