How to Make a New Garden Fence: Building something from scratch – it’s never quite as simple as you’d like it to be, but it’s incredibly rewarding to pick up the materials, shape them to your liking, and connect them in such a way as to realize your creative or constructive objective. Nowhere is this more true than the humble garden fence: something that needs replacing every decade or so, and looks fantastic once finished. This guide is all about making that fence from scratch, leaving you with a sense of deep satisfaction about a job well done.
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Well, first up is of course buying in the materials you’ll need to make your fence. Nine times out of 10, you’ll be using wood – but there are plenty of different types and colors to choose from. Browse the relevant pages at Tradefix Direct to find the right material for your garden – be that light-colored wood to match your decking or a darker wood that you’ll aim to paint once it’s erected in your garden. While you’re buying the wood, make sure you purchase the other bits and bobs you’ll need to make a fence – like nails and a hammer, as well as foundational blocks that’ll keep your fence fixed in place.
Planning Your Fence
Now that you’ve bought everything you need from an online store, it’s time to begin planning your project. Putting up a fence isn’t easy, and it’s smart to take a step back with a piece of paper before you get on your knees in the garden. Plan out:
- Where you’d the like the fence to run, measuring the lengths and angles in your garden
- Where it’ll be best to fix the posts deep in the ground for foundational support
- How you’ll reach parts of the garden that might be obstructed by trees and bushes
- How you’ll carry different parts of the fence to the parts of the garden you’re going to be working on
With these key considerations now planned out, it’s time for you to get out the tools and commence for fence-building adventure.
The key tip at this stage is to be careful, slow, and methodical. Fence-building lends itself to this approach because once you’ve got the hang of building a section of the fence, the others will follow almost automatically, as you slowly work your way around your garden. If you rush the fencing from the start, you might end up making a mistake it takes a long time to rectify.
Pay particular attention to your foundations. Each larger fencepost will need to drive into the ground and checking for whether it wobbles. If these posts are wobbly along the length of your garden, they’ll be more likely to get ripped up in violent winds. Some fence-builders prefer to use heavy stone as a base for their fenceposts so that wobbles are less pronounced. In any case, you’ll learn on the job, finding out the best techniques for building your fence as you begin erecting it in your garden.
Fence-building leaves you with a wonderful new structure to hem in your garden – a worthwhile project to take on to improve the aesthetics and privacy of your garden.