what are the dos and don’ts of garden fencing?
Fencing expert Guy looks at the points to remember when putting up a practical and attractive boundary to your garden
Guy Jackson at Forest Garden reveals how to get a beautiful boundary
Garden fencing can be the ideal solution for providing privacy and protection, and have the potential to transform a garden or the appearance of a whole property.
DO CONSIDER YOUR OBJECTIVE
When it comes to fencing choice, the most common type in the uk is the classic overlap panel. typically retailing for around £20 each, they consist of rough sawn timber boards that overlap each other, sandwiched in a perimeter frame and reinforced with central battens. very much a utility option for ensuring garden privacy and security, it won’t last as long as products built with more substantial materials. close-board or feather-edge fencing has vertical feather-edge boards – where one side of the individual pieces of wood is thicker and tapers to a finer edge – that overlap and are attached to horizontal wooden rails. they are around £40-£50 each but will last longer and are less susceptible to storm damage. From
£50 up, there are a wide variety of decorative panel styles to choose from that are more attractive than traditional
‘trade’ panels. these are usually well made with rebated frames and higher quality, smooth-planed timber.
DON’T SCRIMP ON THE POSTS
Poorly installed posts will move around, look unsightly and lead to the fence’s premature failure. timber posts will be a closer aesthetic match to the fence panels, but must be set in the ground in such a way they won’t be exposed to standing water or they’ll rot and fail. concrete posts have the advantage in that they won’t rot. the depth of the post below ground should be a third of the length of what’s above – for a six-foot post you’ll need an eight-foot total length with two feet in the ground. tried-and-tested methods of securing posts include concrete or fence spikes.
DO THINK ABOUT YOUR BUDGET
a garden of 100 square metres for a typical new-build property will give a perimeter of about 30 metres, needing about 16 panels to fence off. at around £25 for each post and concrete, material costs for this project could vary from around £720 to £2,000. if you’re having a whole new fence run put up, hiring a professional will ensure posts and panels are correctly installed. after that, replacing individual panels can be a diy task.
Europa prague Screen pressure-treated fence panel, three heights available, from £74.99, Forest Garden
Knocking in a spike to secure a fence post