Your fence is an important part of your garden. Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you just fancy a change, you’ll want to ensure that your fence provides the privacy and security that you need. An important part of making sure your fence is fit for purpose is the fence posts.
You can easily put in fence posts if you feel confident in DIY. Follow our top 4 tips for putting in fence posts like a pro.
1. Decide on the height of your fence
You must decide on the height of your fence first, because this will determine how long your fence posts need to be. If your posts are wooden, always add 2ft to them. So if your fence is going to be 6ft, you’ll need 8ft posts. This is because you will need to bury your posts 2ft into the ground to ensure they can support the fence enough.
2. Work out how many panels and fence posts you need
It’s easy to calculate how many fence panels and posts you need:
- Calculate the length of the area you are fencing
- Measure the length of one fence panel and the width of one fence post
- Add the measurements of the fence panel and post together
- Divide this measurement by the length of the area you wish to fence to get the number of panels and posts you will need.
REMEMBER: You may need an extra post to finish off your fence and make it look neat.
3. Mark out where the fence posts need to go
Mark out the area you are fencing with a string line and pegs. Make sure there are no water pipes or electric cables going through your garden, as you don’t want to cause any expensive problems!
4. Dig out holes for the fence posts
Dig out holes for each fence post according to your markings. Make sure they are 2ft deep and 3 times as wide as the fence post. You might want to add some hardcore to support the posts first, then you can fill the holes with concrete.
Fill the holes to ground level and smooth over with a trowel. Once the concrete has dried and the posts are stable, you’re ready to attach your fence panels and enjoy your new fence.
If you don’t feel ready to tackle a new fence yourself, there are plenty of contractors in our database that will be happy to put in new fence posts for you. Get up to 4 free no-obligation quotes from reputable landscapers now.