This is an excellent time of year to work on some do-it-yourself projects. A wooden garden
fence is a project that can be used to simply create a barrier around your home to keep pets in or nosy neighbors
out. You may also wish to add a wooden fence as a decorative touch as it can enhance existing design elements of
your home or garden space.
Fencing can be found in many styles and in a wide range of price ranges and materials
including wood, chain link and vinyl. One of the many advantages of wood fencing over other materials is that
installation is well within the skills of most do-it-yourselfers. The ability to complete the job without the need
to hire professionals will of course further reduce costs. In most cases the materials for a wooden fence is also
less expensive than other materials for a similar sized job.
Fending is available in many styles. To determine which style will work best for you it is
important to decide the function you need the fence to perform. If the fence is purely decorative than you options
are only your imagination or budget. Split rail and picket fences are examples of decorative fencing that can be
used to enhance a given decor. Fences are often needed to perform other functions which require additional
A home may require privacy, noise reduction or a barrier to keep pets in and other animals
out. Stockade fencing is excellent for privacy and is available in several different heights. Stockade fencing can
act as a barrier for animals as well, though sometimes a lighter touch is wanted. Tall picket fences or latticework
will keep most animals in a yard and will allow light to get through.
Installation on most wooden garden fencing is fairly straight forward. Measure out the
path of the fence, marking distances for fence posts based on the size of the panels to be attached. This will
generally be 6 or 8 ft apart. Start at an end or corner post and measure from that point. The holes for each fence
post should be dug down to 1/3 of the total length. Gravel can be placed at the bottom of the post holes for
drainage. When the posts are placed and leveled you can fill the post hole with concrete. After allowing the
concrete to set the fence panels can be screwed to the fence posts using decking screws.