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

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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.


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.


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.


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

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