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These tasks may be tricky so will suit you if you're experienced in DIY, or simply love a challenge. Before you get started on any of our 'how to' guides, please take a moment to read through our DIY safety tips.
Step 1. Choosing the right type of fence
First take a look at the size and design of fencing that suits your garden and your needs. There's a wide range to choose from:
- Closeboard fencing - closeboard is made up of overlapping vertical boards of timber. This is the strongest and heaviest panel. It gives you complete privacy and is ideal for boundary fencing.
- Overlap fencing - this is made from overlapping horizontal timber boards. It's a cheaper fence that offers high levels of privacy.
- Palisade - you get both visibility and good security from this traditional picket-type fence.
- Trellis - use trellis on its own as open screen fencing or as a decorative panel on top of a solid fence.
One of the things neighbours argue about most is the boundary between their properties - where it lies and who's responsible for its upkeep. If you're unsure, check your title deeds. You can get a copy from the Land Registry. 'T marks' on the plan point in the direction of the owner who has to maintain the wall, fence or hedge.
Step 2. Choosing the right posts
- Decide if you want wooden or concrete posts - there are pros and cons for both. You also need to decide whether you want to set them in concrete or use post supports. Post supports are metal containers dug into or fixed onto the ground.
- Concrete posts ensure you have a good strong fence, but they do need a fair bit of work to put up.
- Wooden posts are easier to handle, but as they're buried in the ground, there's a slightly higher risk that they'll rot.
- Metal post supports deal with some of these problems and they'll help you put up a fence relatively quickly.
Check your fence complies with planning rules - ring your local council for advice. You need planning permission for fences over 2m high.
Step 9. Fencing a sloping site
- If your fence is on a sloping area, still keep the panels horizontal. Fill the angled gap under each panel by cutting a gravel board to fit it or building a low retaining wall directly under the fence.
- This will make your fence look 'natural' and level, especially if it runs alongside your house, garage or an outbuilding.
Your fence will be an integral part of your overall garden design and whichever style of fencing or trellis you choose, it should last for many years - especially if you use an exterior wood preserver.
Building your fence couldn’t be easier with our range of power tools – from electric screwdrivers to power saws and more, you’ll find everything you need to create a stunning garden border at Homebase.
The best time to put up a garden fence is in early spring or autumn, particularly if you want to avoid damaging border plants. Once your new fence is finished, for a more contemporary look why not add a splash of colour with our range of exterior garden paints? You might also like to put in a few climbing plants along your fence to break up your garden border with a beautiful display of foliage and flowers.
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