Complete Instruction Build A Garden Fence Yoursselft

Garden fence

A garden fence is not always the same as a garden fence. Very different fence shapes have emerged worldwide over the course of time, some of which have had a decisive influence on the overall picture of individual cultural landscapes. The idea of ​​fencing your own property originally comes from England, while in other countries dry stone walls, hedges or moats were used. The oldest fence types in the Alps include wattle and fences, which can still occasionally be found in traditional farmhouses. At that time, these fences were mainly used to keep livestock and protect them from predators.

Build your own fence Garden

Your own garden fence is therefore not only a decorative element, it also clearly indicates to the outside where a private property begins. Higher fences serve as privacy screens against prying eyes. If you build your own wooden garden fence, you will have an individually designed property line when it is completed – and you will have saved a lot of money.

Before you jump into the project – do you already know what type of fence you want and need? There are different types of fences, we present the most common ones here.

  • The Jägerzaun, also known as the Scherenzaun. Is made of semicircular slats, which are screwed in two layers crosswise. The finished fence can be pushed together like an accordion and can therefore vary in height and width. The height is therefore quite limited, which means that it is not necessarily suitable as a privacy fence.
  • As the name suggests, the privacy fence forbids protection from prying eyes. A wide variety of variations can also be designed with prefabricated elements, so you can decide for yourself how much perspective the fence offers.
  • The picket fence is often made of oak or chestnut wood. The fence is often sold commercially with the elements already tied together.
  • The picket fence, the most popular type of fence for many garden lovers. Built from semi-circular or flat slats, freely selectable in height and design and next to the hunter’s fence the most popular variant of fencing a property.

Which shape you ultimately choose depends on how much space the fence itself needs and what type of fence you prefer. 

Wood – the ideal material for your garden fence

No building material is easier to work with by hand than wood. Coated or impregnated wood is also weatherproof and has a pleasant, natural look. Overgrown with tendrils or hung with planters, the wooden garden fence blends seamlessly into nature.

In order to save money when building your own fence, it is worth buying natural wooden elements that still need to be painted. We recommend painting the wood once before assembly and then a second time after assembly so you really catch all the depths.

What do I need to build a garden fence?

  • Ground impact sleeves, possibly with cover collars
  • Wooden posts (about every 1.5 to 2 m)
  • Crossbars as needed
  • Wooden fence slats
  • stainless steel screws
  • stainless nails
  • Wood paint for outdoor use

Our tip:  the best posts and slats made of  larch wood  for your fence. Call us, we would be happy to advise you on your project!

The right tool

  • Rocks, spray paint, or plumb line
  • Sledgehammer, hammer and impactor made of rubber or wood
  • ruler and pencil
  • level
  • 1 strong cordless screwdriver or drill
  • Saw (preferably a good table saw)
  • Paint brush

Our tip:  Buying good tools is not exactly cheap. If you don’t need it regularly, we recommend that you save the money and borrow the tools you need from a neighbor or hardware store you trust.

Build a wooden fence yourself – that’s how it works

  1. Marking
    the course of the fence Measure the course of the  fence with a ruler  and mark it with stones, spray paint or, ideally, a  guide line . This is the only way you can be sure that your fence runs exactly parallel to the property line.
  2. Drive in the sockets into the ground Drive the sockets into the ground
    with  the  sledgehammer along the marked path   . This only works in soil that offers no particular resistance. Otherwise you have to  dig holes  with a spade and  concrete the posts . Ensure   that the impact  sleeves are evenly spaced , which should be around 1.5 to 2 m  . Larger distances  carry the risk that the wooden garden fence  may become wobbly  . Use   a suitable one  as a driving aid 
      Block of wood  or a special  rubber pad that fits into the top of the ground socket. Level each ground socket using the spirit level.
  3. Fastening fence posts
    Insert  suitable  fence posts  into the ground sockets. If you have to use the sledgehammer again for this, then  pad  the  hitting face sufficiently so as  not to damage the wood . A folded cloth is ideal for this.
  4. Adjust Crossbars
    Measure the exact spot on each post where you  will attach your crossbars  to keep everything straight. Mark the area with a pencil.
  5. Screw on crossbars
    Now  screw on  your  crossbars  . This is easier to do if a second person helps you hold on. Insert two  stainless steel screws  into  each batten end to ensure a secure  connection  to the  fence post  . Before finally screwing in, use the  spirit level to check that everything is really straight.
  6. Nailing the fence slats Now nail your fence
     slats  at regular  intervals  . Apply the spirit level here as well and make sure that the rungs are level at the top and bottom.
  7. Finishing
    coat Choose   a color of your choice for your finishing coat  Glazes maintain the beautiful wood character because the grain shows through. They penetrate deep enough into the wood to protect it. Paint your fence several times to keep the  weather  away from the wood for as long as possible. Also look for fungicidal additives in your paint to actively fight mold.

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