How To Install A Garden Fence
A new garden fence can change the entire look and feel of your garden.
The fence around your home is one of the first things your friends/ family will see when they visit, or when a potential buyer views your home if your property is on the market.
A good fence should be virtually maintenance free.
There is many different styles of fencing you can consider when renewing your fencing, including traditional timber, chain-link, hit and miss, post and rail & composite fencing
For this article we are going to concentrate on the most popular style of fencing locally.
Closeboard fence panels, between concrete fence posts, using concrete travel boards
What materials am i going to need?
To determine the size of products you require, you need to establish how tall you'd like your fence to be once it's installed.
Standard height for a back garden fence is 6FT in height once installed, including any gravel board.
Please use the chart below to establish which size products you need.
|3FT||6' x 2' 6"||5'||6"|
|4FT||6' x 3'||6'||12"|
|5FT||6' x 4'||7'||12"|
|6FT||6' x 5'||8'||12"|
|7FT||6' x 6'||9'||12"|
Once you have established which materials you need, it's a good idea to find our what tools you're going to need.
What tools do i need to install a new garden fence?
- String Line
- Fencers Graft / Spade
- Hole Grabbers
- Tape Measure
- Spirit Levels
There is some tools that you may need, depending on your particular job.
Tools that could be required are: Reciprocating Saw, Disk Cutter, Chainsaw, Hedge Trimmers, Concrete Breaker
Fencing is a part of your garden that should last for years, if you feel confident in installing your fence please skip the next paragraph.
if you think you need a professional please call our office on 0330 133 0896 and we can arrange an appointment to give you a written estimate.
Lets Get Started
The first thing you need to do in ensure that the fence line is clear, trim back any hedges or bushes that may be in the way.
Once clear, you need to establish your starting point and ending point of your new fence. Using your String Line, secure it to both ends in one clean length.
Time To Start Digging.
Dig the first hole where you want the fence to start. The hole needs to be excavated to a depth of 600MM or 2FT in old money.
A good Fencers Graft and Hole Grabbers will come in handy here.
Once the hole has been excavated, you need to position your wooden or concrete fence post so that the peg is an inch or two below ground level. (assuming the fence line runs pretty level)
Important: The back of your fence posts needs to be a mm or two away from your string line!
Securing Wooden or Concrete Fence Posts with Postcrete
Once you have you fence post into position, fill the hole approx half way with clean water.
Carefully pour postcrete evenly around the fence post, tamp down with a tamping stick as required.
Pro Tip: Postcrete should feel firm when tamping almost immediately, if it feels sloppy when tamping add more postmix.
That's the first post in! You're Awesome!
Continuing From The First Fence Post
Once the first post is in, things get less complicated.
Measure from your first fence post and place a marker in the ground 1.87M or 73 1/2" further down the fence line.
Time to dig the second hole.
Pro Tip: Enjoy a cup of tea before digging the second hole
Installing The First Gravel Board And Fence Panel
Once the second hole is excavated to 600MM / 2FT it's time to place your gravel board onto the ground.
Using your spade, run it along the ground and lightly excavate a small channel for you gravel board to rest.
The channel should be the same depth as the peg on a concrete fence post.
Continuously check the channel and the peg are level with you spirit level.
Place your gravel board so it is being supported by the peg one end, and resting on the ground the other end.
Pro Tip: Now is a good time to check if the second hole needs to be adjusted.
Place your spirit level horizontally on the gravel board ensuring it has remained level, adjust as necessary.
Place your fence panel on top on the gravel board. Again check everything had remained level.
Positioning The Second Fence Post
Positioning the second fence post is a little trickier that the first, but you'll get used to it with practice.
Pegs in concrete fence posts are designed to take all the weight of the gravel board and fence panel.
When positioning the second fence post, you should feel it lift the gravel board and fence panel as you move it from a diagonal to upright position.
Again, fill approximately half way with water, and evenly pour postcrete around the post. Tamp as required.
You have successfully installed your first bay of fencing! repeat the last few sections as required until you reach the end of your run of fencing.