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5 Tips on building your own garden fence

5 tips on building your own garden fence


Summer time is almost here and everyone is looking for ways to improve their garden for the upcoming summer months. Building your own garden fence can be an exciting DIY project to take up and we want to help you enjoy the challenge and achieve the desired result.

If you are planning on building your own garden fence this summer season, take a look at our 5 "must know" tips:

1. Choosing the fence type


There are many different kinds of fences to choose from and before you begin, you need to choose the one that best fits your needs and requirements. Fences are broadly divided into 4 types:

  • Closeboard: vertical boards of overlapping timber
  • Overlap: horizontal boards of overlapping timber
  • Palisade: traditional picket style fencing
  • Trellis: used individually as open screen fence or above a solid fence as a decorative addition

2. Choosing the Right Posts and Calculating Post Length


You can choose between wooden or concrete fencing posts. These can be set in concrete or metal post supports can be used. Understand the pros and cons of both fencing post types before choosing the right one.


The right post length is critical for a strong and durable fence. Depending on your particular needs and choice of fence you can calculate the required post length. You can use our fencing calculator for accurate results:  http://www.estatesawmills.com/calc/


3. Calculate the number of panels required


To determine the exact number of panels required measure the length of the area that needs to be fenced and divide it by the width of the panel. Remember, you will need to buy gravel boards to be placed under each panel. The number of posts should always be one extra than the number of panels for full support at both ends.


4. It’s Prep Time!


Now that you have all the raw material, it’s time to prepare for starting the DIY project. Remove all vegetation; use a weedkiller and a wood preservative. Mark the positions where panels and posts need to be installed.


It’s then time to start installing your garden fence! Make sure you have all the necessary tools required.

5. Safety Measures


Make sure that all tools are in good working condition. Wear gloves and keep a first aid kit handy, in case needed. Drink adequate amount of water and keep your body well hydrated to avoid any medical urgencies. Always read the safety guides!


Happy DIY-ing!



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