You might well be thinking of flashing swords, and fancy footwork but this week, we’re talking about garden fencing.

Good fencing is the easiest way to make a serious impact in your garden. If your garden looks tired, or even if the recent storms over the winter months have out an end to your old overlapping fence panels, now is the time to make your garden happy with brand new, stylish and contemporary fencing.

Recent times have seen the rise in popularity of horizontal, and louvered panelling. We’ve got some great examples on our site including the Skreen louvered panel, and the Diskret panel.

Putting up a fence can be tricky – many people out there wouldn’t even think to attempt it as part of a DIY kick. We think gardeners are a hardier bunch and we reckon you could give it a go. Use our handy guide to fence panel installation and give it a whirl! 


Preparation

First off, make sure you order the right fence panel for the job. If you want privacy, you’re going to want a tall fence of either 6 or 7 feet tall. On the other hand, if you want a lovely bit of picket fencing around your front garden or driveway, something lower is going to be just fine. Then work out how many panels you need. Pretty much every fence panel is 6 feet wide though you can order custom made widths to suit particularly difficult spots.

Next, work out what kind of fence posts you should use. You can get metal, concrete, or wooden ones and your choice depends on the overall look you’re going for as much as stability or longevity. The length of the post is important and depends on the height of the panel you want to install – remember that some of the post will be buried so don’t match them directly to the height of your fence.

Finally, mark out where the fencing is going to sit with string. Clear the area of any vegetation and weeds – perhaps digging deep to clear perennial weeds that will be harder to deal with once the fence is up.

 

Installation

Now it’s time to put the support posts in place. Do be careful not to hit anything you shouldn’t as you dig – cables sunk underground or the cat that passed away years ago for instance.

Once you have the posts in place, it’s time to attach the panels. Leave a good gap between the ground and the bottom of the panel to prevent rotting and then attach each panel to the post according to individual instructions. Keep going! 


Finishing Touches

You might want to think about finishing touches for your fencing. If you’ve gone for a budget panel, options include painting or even attaching trellis to grow climbers. Other options include designing a cool planting scheme to best show of your hard work. You may even be so impressed with your new panels that you want a clear area around them to show them off to their maximum potential.