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Know Nothing About Fencing? Get Some Help With Our Handy Guide

Do you know nothing about fencing? Could you do with a little bit of help when building your boundary, to either keep people out or keep your pet wolves in? Well read on as we attempt to explain some of the basics in fencing.

Understanding the foundations of garden fencing can be helpful whether you’re planning to put up the fence yourself, fix a loose or broken panel or hire a contractor.

Choosing Your Fence

The first step to planning your fencing is considering what style would best suit your garden. There are many different types but here we have listed a few of the most popular ones, just to give you an idea of what is available.

Consider how much privacy you need and the style of your surroundings. If you think you are likely to fall victim to snow storms coming in from The North, then we would suggest building high, (but within planning permission specifications, of course).

Closeboard Fencing

closeboard fencing

Closeboard fencing is formed of timber feather edge boards that are arranged vertically and supported by horizontal rails between either timber or concrete posts.

This type of fencing is well known for being sturdy, strong, very versatile and, much like The Wall, quite hard to climb. You can even shape the top of feather edge boards or paint and stain them to add interest.

Picket Fencing

picket fencing

Picket fencing, otherwise known as palisade fencing, is an attractive style fencing because of its association with traditional cottage gardens. Constructed using pressure treated timber, picket fencing panels are protected against rot and decay.

Palisade fencing can be used to create quaint borders around trees and flower beds, and can be painted or stained to suit the look of your garden. It's also available in a number of styles including 'flat top', 'round top' and 'pointy sword top' as pictured above.

Trellis & Lattice Fencing

trellis and lattice fencing

Trellis and lattice panels are quite similar in style but there are slight differences. Lattice fence panels are usually constructed from lengths of timber arrange in a diamond shape whereas trellis tends to be square patterned. This style of fencing is great if you need to keep an eye on people approaching your property. But for spying on your neighbours, it's a definite no-no.

If you are looking to add height to your fencing, to help increase privacy, trellis and lattice panels can also be attached to the top of existing fencing.

Picking Your Posts & Panels

You can choose either wooden or concrete fence posts to support your fence panels. Concrete posts help ensure that your fence stays strong for longer, however wooden posts can be easier to handle and blend in. Although you can paint concrete using timber stain in your chosen House colours.

When choosing the lengths of the posts you need, you will need to know how high your fencing is going to be. As a rough guide, you will need your fence posts to be 2ft longer than the fence height if you are burying wooden posts in concrete.

Find out more about your options in our handy guides to concrete posts and wooden posts.

To find out how many fence panels you should use, measure the length of the area being fenced and work out how many panels you will need. You will need this many fence posts plus one more to make it enough to support both ends of the fence.

Using the Right Tools

If you want to put up a fence right first time around, using the right tools is essential. Examples of tools needed to erect a fence are:

  • Spirit level
  • Post hole digger
  • Carpenters pencil
  • Fencing pliers
  • Post rammer
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Ground buster
  • Sword made from Valyrian steel (optional)
  • Some of these tools you may already have in your tool box from doing previous DIY jobs. If however, you are hiring a contractor instead of erecting the fencing yourself, you should still now know what to look out for! Take a look at our guide on using fencing tools in our recent blog post for more information.

    So when will you be testing out your newly found fencing knowledge? Let us know about your upcoming projects in the comment box below!

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