Tips For Selecting And Installing A Backyard Fence

Posted on: 14 July 2019

As you landscape your yard each year, adding new vegetation and updating the condition and appearance of existing vegetation, it requires a great investment of your time, energy, and money. Therefore, any investment you put into your yard and landscaping is something you want to last for as long as possible. And when you install fencing it is no different, especially as it will be providing your yard with privacy and security. Here are some tips to help you install and keep a well-built and long-lasting backyard fence.

Select the Right Type of Fencing

When you know you want a backyard fence, there are many types and styles you can choose from, each providing their own benefits. For example, if you want a low-maintenance privacy fence, you should consider installing a full-paneled vinyl fence. 

Additionally, if you want privacy and a more natural look around your yard's perimeter, look for a fence made of wood, such as pine or cedar. However, if you want a fence mainly for security and privacy is not a big concern, a metal wrought iron fence or a chain link fence are both good options, depending on your budget and how important its appearance is.

Install It Well

If you hire a professional fence installation company, they will handle the appropriate preparation and installation in your yard to make sure it is built properly to last the years. The fence post holes need to be the right depth to handle the height of the fence posts. And if you dig the fence post holes yourself for your own do-it-yourself installation, make sure you measure the final height of your fence to get an accurate hole depth to make the fence strong and durable.

When you choose a wood fence, the entire fence should be protected from moisture and insects, but the fence posts need additional protection. Select pressure-treated wood posts and also apply a wood protectant on the base of the post, which will sit below the soil and within the concrete base. This treatment will prevent the post from rotting and causing your fence to fail.

Protect Your Fence

Once your fence is installed, be sure you protect it from the weather and sun with a wood stain for wood fences, and keeping down on the vegetation growth around the base of your fence. If you allow weeds and other grasses to grow below your fence, they can grow up into the fence and push the fence out of alignment, especially aggressive growth weeds. Use a weed eater to remove weed growth and over vegetation, or apply a broad spectrum herbicide to keep the weeds at bay.