How to Erect a Garden Fence

04 December 2017

It is easy enough to erect a garden fence on your own – and benefits of a fence can be immeasurable! From giving you the privacy you want and desire, to helping to keep your kids and pets off the street, they can make a huge difference to your home and garden. All you need is a bit of time, patience and a few basic DIY skills and tools, and you’ll be A for away. So, if you’re looking for key pointers and want to get the rental of your gardening equipment sorted before you get started, read on for our top tips.

There is more than one way to erect a fence, depending on the ground conditions of your garden, but many of the initial steps remain the same.

  1. First, ask yourself why you want a fence. Is it for privacy, security or aesthetics?
  2. Depending on your answer above, it might affect the type of fence you require. For instance, will your fence have to be solid or closed? Or will you get away with gaps between slats?
  3. Let your neighbours know what you’re planning, just in case they have any objections! You never know, they might even be willing to split the cost of the materials with you! It’ll also make it easier to erect the fence if you’re able to get permission to work on their property too.
  4. Before you begin, don’t forget to check your building plans for any electricity lines or underground water pipes running through the area where you want to build the fence. If there are, take the time to locate and mark them, so you are sure that you avoid them!
  5. Now it is time to buy your material and to get the rental of your construction and gardening equipment sorted. Be sure to buy treated, rot-resistant poles from your local supplier. This will help to extend the lifespan of your fence. It is also a good idea to add a few coats of your own water repellent to the poles and slats before you begin.
  6. Next, plan the spacing and location of your fence posts before you begin digging. Set your corner posts first. Fence posts are usually spread 1.8 m to 2.4 m apart, depending on the length of the slats. (The distance remains the same even if you’re using wire fencing.)
  7. It’s a good idea to string a line between the two corner posts to ensure all the posts are aligned.
  8. Now you can start digging the post holes! The most effective diggers are so-called earth augers which are driven by petrol engines. They are fast and efficient and saves a lot of money, time and labour. Make them approximately half a metre deep – enough to bury about 1/3 of the fence post to guarantee the best stability.
  9. Position the posts in the centre of each hole, then backfill with the surrounding soil. Use a level to make sure they’re standing upright!
  10. Once the soil has been compacted with soil compaction equipment (rammers and walk-behind pedestrian rollers) and has had time to settle, you can start attaching the panels! Be sure to use rust-resistant nails, or brackets and screws.

If you’re just getting started with DIY, and you’re still getting a feel for the type of equipment you require, then Talisman Hire has a variety of gardening and construction equipment rental solutions for you. With a wide range of landscaping equipment for hire, they are the market leaders when it comes to light equipment rental solutions. Talisman Hire provides a full service, offering construction equipment rental too! Give them a call to find out how they can help you!