All steel system makes good long-term fencing solution
QAfter 10 years much of my livestock fencing needs replacing. Are there any options to extend the life of the stakes?
Sally Morgan says: Investment in quality fencing with a 25-plus year life is wise and, although the standard post and stock fence seems the cheapest option, when you factor in the life expectancy of the product, it is false economy. There are several long-life fencing options. Creosote is not a product I like because of the toxicity, but many suppliers offer creosoted posts with a 25-year guarantee. Bitumen is another option, either paint or sleeve. Our heavy clay soil creates perfect conditions for rot, so for our new post and rail fencing, we applied a bitumen sleeve to the ground line part of the post, creating a barrier 5cm above the ground to 30cm below. This should extend the life of the post to 20-plus years.
On my smallholding, I chose Clipex ( above), an all-steel system for new livestock fencing. It was quick to install (with no stapling), surprisingly economical, boasted a 30-year guarantee and, of course, the metal can be recycled over and over again.