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How to erect your garden fence

26 September 2014


Installing a garden fence

Any garden is made infinitely better by a garden fence, it offers both an aesthetically pleasing border to your property but it can also provide much needed privacy between you and your neighbours.

However, if you’re not green fingered or big on carpentry you might be a bit daunted when faced with installing your own fence. So whether you’re replacing an existing fence or erecting a brand new one, we’ve created a handy guide which tells you everything you need to know about erecting your own garden fence.

Get your tools together

The very first thing you should do before anything else is to get the right tools together for the job. Here are some of the key tools and materials you’ll need for a standard garden fence:

  • Fence panels
  • Fence posts
  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Nails
  • Saw
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Post hole digger

What about your old fence?

If you’re installing a new fence where there wasn’t one previously then you will obviously want to skip ahead to “the process”. For those who have an existing fence then you will need to get rid of this old fencing first before you can begin erecting your new one. This isn’t a pretty or delicate process, you simply need to pry out the old wooden posts and demolish old panels.

The process of erecting your fence

The first thing to do is decide which kind of fence you want, with wooden fences you can get the pieces ready-made. When making the holes for the posts with your hole digging equipment you should make it around 2 feet deep (the bigger the posts the deeper you’ll need to go.

There are many different kinds of fence panels which you can install in your garden, some require brackets which allow you to affix the panel to the post whilst resting on gravel board at the bottom for a tidy finish. In some instances the panels will interlock with the posts but need to be snugly fitted to avoid any rattling.

When you fix in your posts you can do so with semi-dry or wet concrete. Wet concrete will require you to leave the mixture to set before you move on to panel installation – any movement in the post will ruin the precision of your fencing.


Conducting this work safely is one of the most important things to remember, that’s why you should always wear gloves to protect your hands and goggles to protect your eyes when working with wood. The best way to achieve great results for your garden and stay safe is to call in the professionals to fit your garden fence.


Here at Harrow Fencing we are professionals with all the fencing services and requisite materials to give you a smart, clean border for your garden. Contact us today to discuss your garden fence installation needs and we’ll be happy to assist you.


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