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Installing and maintaining garden fences  

At some point, many of us find we need to install or repair a garden fence.
Installing a garden fence can be a bit of a challenge if you’re a DIY beginner. Especially if your garden
isn’t on level ground. And fence panels can be quite hard to move and lift on your own. So, if you can
rope in an extra pair of hands, that’s great.

A few tips before you start
One good thing to check before you start any work, is who owns the boundary fence. You don’t want
to start ripping out old fences and replacing them, before checking with your neighbours! Also let
your neighbours know that you’re planning to do the work. You never know, they may offer to lend
a hand with the fence installation.
And finally, check local planning regulations. If you’re installing a high fence or live in a conservation
area, there may be some rules you need to comply with.

Choosing your fence and posts
Next, you’ll need to get your fence panels. There are a few different types and styles on the market.
If you’re just replacing a few panels on an existing fence, you’ll need to find some that are the right
size and closely match the style. You’ll need to check that your fence posts are still in good shape
If it’s a new fence that you’re installing, then you’ll need some fence posts and post supports too.
Wooden posts are a bit easier to install than concrete posts, but you may need to treat them to
prevent them from rotting in the ground. You may also decide to use metal post clips to secure your
panels to the posts. This can be a more robust method than simply nailing them together.

Getting the right tools
You will also need some tools to complete the work. A tape measure, string, spirit level, saw, claw
hammer and electric screwdriver are some of the basic tools you’ll need to install or replace your
garden fencing.
If you don’t own these, they may be worth buying as you’ll be able to use them on other DIY projects
in the future. But you could also check with friends, family and neighbours to see if you can borrow
the tools you need.
You may also need a spade for digging out the ground for your fence posts.

Tips for installing your garden fences
Make sure you prepare the ground properly before you start. If you’re installing a brand-new fence,
mark out where you’re planning to install it first. This is where your string will come in handy. Until
you do this, you won’t be able to measure up for materials. And, as with many DIY projects,
measuring everything correctly is going to be important. It’s essential for buying the right panels and
the right quantities. You don’t want to be going back and forth to the DIY store or garden centre.

Garden fence maintenance
Finally, garden fence maintenance is important too. Your fence panels and posts will usually be
treated; however, you will need to add a new coat of preservative or paint every few years to keep
them in good condition.