Monthly Archives: October 2014

8 Steps to Put up Fences like an Expert

Fencing Expert

Don’t sit on the fence when it comes to updating your old worn out garden fencing . With eDecks’ guide to putting up fencing like a pro, you can take the steps needed to tidy up your garden with a beautiful boarder.

Although putting up new fencing isn’t the trickiest task, some DIY skills are required so we advise asking a friend to help if you’re not a DIY pro.

The length of time to complete the job all depends on the size of your own garden however, if the weather’s nice, you can expect to finish the job over a weekend.

1 – Ask the Neighbours

Every new fencing project should begin with a courtesy call to the surrounding neighbours. This has as much to do with keeping good relations with them as it is for practicality – constructing a new fence is always easier to do if you have access to both sides of it.

You can also use this time to double check your property boundaries to avoid any disputes later on. If you have any doubt the boundary lines you can check your deeds from the Land Registry. You are free to construct a new fence as long as it is inside your boundary.

2 – Pick a Type

Attractive Garden Fence

It’s important to find the right type of fencing for your garden. When you start shopping around, you’ll find a huge range of fencing to choose from so consider what you want from your fence before you make your decision.

For example, do you want decorative or sturdy fencing? Do you want it to be made from timber or metal? eDecks’ has a variety of attractive fence panels in stock. Browse our range online and choose a style that is suitable for your garden size, fence location and your privacy needs. Some of our favourites are:

Overlap fence panels are constructed from overlapping horizontal boards and offer high levels of privacy at a very good price.

Heavy Duty Vertilap are the strongest fence panels, offering a perimeter fencing that is very sturdy and absolute privacy.

Trellis fencing is extremely adaptable, light and easy to put up, the panels can be used as standalone fencing or as decorative panels to top off a sturdier base.

You may even like to try some alternative fence panels such as Willow designs, or picket fencing. Each design will add it’s own unique character to your garden.

To decide how many fence panels to buy, start by measuring the area that you want to cover. Since fence panels are usually 6ft wide, you just need to divide the length of ground by six to calculate how many fence panels you’ll need – an area of 30ft would require five fence panels.

3 – Post-it

With your fence panel designs taken care of, it’s time to get started installing the fence posts. Steel fence posts are by far the more sturdy option in comparison to wooden fence posts however, they require a lot more effort to put up.

Timber posts on the other hand, are relatively easy to erect so they’re perfect if this is your first time building a fence. If you’re using timber posts you can extend their lifespan by using a wood preserver of your choosing. Don’t forget that all of eDecks’ timber fence posts for sale are manufactured from pressure treated timber so they’re resistant to rot and decay

4 – Supporting Cast

Next it’s time to set the posts in using concrete or using steel fence supports to keep them in place. Both methods are good options for securing your posts in the ground, although if you chose to set your posts in concrete you will require longer fence posts.

For a six-foot high fence, you will need eight-foot long posts if you are to set posts in concrete, as the posts will need to be buried at least two feet deep. If you plan to use steel supports, you can use six-foot long fence posts.

It is always advisable to check the maximum height your fencing is allowed to be with your local planning authority. As a rough guide, rear garden fences can be up to six feet high.

5 – Let’s Prep

Broken Fence Panel to fix

Prep by marking the line your fence will follow with string, attaching it to posts along the boundary line.

If you previous had a fence, this will need to be removed before the new one is installed . Break up the old fence panels into easy to handle pieces and cut down any fence posts with a saw or bolt cutters if they were steel.

If you previously set posts in concrete, plan to position your new fence between the old postholes since to dig out all the old will be time consuming and leave the ground too unstable for a new fence posthole.

However, you will have to dig out the first and last posts and replace them. You will need more concrete for the new holes to make up for the damage caused by digging out the old posts.
If you are using steel supports, be sure to check for any electrical cables or pipes that are running along the line of your fencing.

Any climbing plants or dense grass should also be cut away to allow easy access to the area.

6 – Diggin’ it

If you are using wooden posts, make sure to make the holes at least two feet deep. Any shallower and your brand new fence might be a bit wobbly during strong winds.

To make things easier when it comes to digging the holes, a post-hole borer is a very helpful tool to hire, although your trusty spade will also do the job.

Using your boundary string line as a guide, dig holes at the two ends of the line. You should aim to have holes that are three times wider than the width of the post therefore, if your post is 4×4 inches, dig a hole 12×12 inches wide. This will ensure that the concrete foundation will be sturdy enough to secure your post. Mark a 8ft scrap of timber two feet above the bottom to make sure that the depth of the holes are correct. If the mark lines up with the ground, your postholes are deep enough.

If you are using steel fence supports, place a piece of scrap timber into the support and hammer that into the ground until the top of the steel support is level with the ground.

7 – Set in Their Ways

Setting New Fence Posts in Concrete

If you’re using steel supports, you don’t need to worry about securing your posts in the ground. When using wooden posts, you’ll need to set concrete around them to hold them in place.

When thethe first and last postholes are ready, position your post and ask a friend to hold it in place. You can mix your own concrete if you prefer but, a 1kg Postcrete mix will work just as well. -Check the instructions on the bag, but usually filling the hole half way with water and pouring in the mix is the way to go.

The Postcrete mix will set in just a few minutes so make sure your posts are straight using a spirit level. Slope the concrete away from the post using a trowel to get the water to run away from the base of your posts.

Next, attach a new line of string on the top of your top bookending posts to make sure the other posts line up correctly all along the boundary. You can also use this line to quickly check that the heights of your posts are correct too.

With the line in place you are ready to continue digging the other holes if you haven’t already done so.. Measure out and mark the position of the holes by placing the fence panels against the first post.

8 – Putting up Panels

Brand New Fence Panels with Concrete Gravel Boards

Now that your posts are in place, nail the post clips to the fence post first and then onto the fence panel. Two or three U-Shape clips per post will be enough to hold the panel in place.

Keep the base of your panels from rotting by installing gravel boards. You can protect the top of your posts by using a decorative post cap. Prevent the cap from splitting by drilling a hole into the cap before you attach it to the post.

Now all that’s left to do is stand back and admire your new fence; a great finishing touch to your perfect garden.

For great discounts on a fantastic range of Fence Panels and fencing accessories, please browse our online store.

What Fence Type is Right for You?

A garden fence is more than just a way to keep out nosey neighbours, it also frames your garden and enhances the existing décor. With so many different types of fence panels to choose from it can be difficult to pick the right one for your garden. Before you spend hours trawling through gardening stores, read eDecks’ guide to fence styles to make finding the right style of fencing a breeze.

 

Eye Catcher Fence Panels

Eye Catcher Fence Panels

Best for: increasing privacy and letting in light

Eye Catcher fence panels are ideal if you want to increase the privacy and security of your garden without depriving your decorative boarders of natural light. The robust frame and closely packed panels allow you to create a private paradise while the stylish diamond trellis will let light into your garden.

 

Venetian Panels
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Best for: cornering off a suntrap

If you’re looking for a fence style that will let in as much light as possible, Venetian Panels are the perfect choice for you. The horizontal pales are spaced apart to let as much sunlight as possible enter into your garden. Don’t be deceived by the delicate appearance of these panels, eDecks’ Venetian panels are manufactured from exceptionally robust timber so they can withstand the elements.

 

Elite Cross Top Panels

Elite Cross Top Panels

Best for: creating a country cottage garden

Elite Cross Top panels are ideal for creating a fashionable country cottage style garden. These decorative fence panels are the perfect finishing touch to your garden whether used to mark out your garden’s boundaries or section off a vegetable patch. Why not use yours as a frame for climbing plants to extend the growing space in your garden?

 

Metal Wenlock Ball Top Railing

Metal Wenlock Ball

Best for: increasing the height of an existing wall

Wenlock Ball Top Railing is ideal for increasing the security of your garden. If you have an existing wall, this style of fencing will make it more difficult for intruders to gain access to your property!

Modern metal fencing is also the perfect way to add a stylish finishing touch to your garden. Our top tip is to compliment it with a matching metal gate.

 

Arched Heavy Duty Tudor Panel

Tudor Panels

Best for: stylish, low maintenance fencing

If you have a busy lifestyle you need fencing that will require minimum maintenance to look great. Arched Heavy Duty Tudor Fence Panels are manufactured using heavy duty pressure treated timber and anti-rust nails so they’re resistant to rust, mould and decay. When you buy this type of fence you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing it can withstand the unpredictable British climate. Why not customise yours with a wood stain or treatment of your choosing?

 

Find the perfect fence for your garden at eDecks. We stock a huge range of fence types from traditional picket fencing to modern metal rails. Shop for fence panels online at eDecks today.

Gardening in October – What to do in the Garden Now!

autumn leaves
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Now that autumn is upon us, it’s time make the most of the last dry days by preparing your garden for the upcoming winter months. If you’ve been putting off any DIY jobs during the summer, now is the time to push them to the top your to-do list before the winter sets in.

If you’re looking for gardening tips for October, use our handy checklist to make sure that your garden is prepared for the upcoming winter months.

Protect Your Fence Posts

When the damp weather sets, your fence will become vulnerable to attacking rot and mould! If you don’t prepare your fence now you could have to spend money replacing the damaged sections next spring.

Prolong the life of your fencing by painting it with a through coat of protective fence preserver; our favourite brands are Ronseal and Cuprinol. As well as defencing your panels from decay, these treatments will also prevent the colour of your timber from fading.

 

Clean Out Your Greenhouse

We know this isn’t anyone’s favourite October gardening job but cleaning out your greenhouse now will prevent lingering pests from hibernating until next spring.

Start by removing any dead plants and leaves, then wash down the windows and scrub the benches with disinfectant. Finally, use a hose to wash away any remaining dirt or dust. Remember to pay special attention to the corners which can be a breeding ground for garden pests.

 

Start Your Compost Pile

One of our top gardening tips for October is to start a compost pile if you haven’t already done so. It’s essential to replenish the goodness in your soil after summer’s extensive growing period and, by now you should already have a wealth of materials that are perfect for creating a nutrient rich compost.

Add raked up leaves from trees, kitchen peelings, lawn cuttings, withering vegetables and bedding plants into your compost bin to create a nourishing mulch. Don’t forget to turn your compost heap one a week and quickly get rid of any mould or pests if you spot them.

 

Plant Grown Trees and Shrubs

Even though the main growing season is over, there’s still time to add a few planting jobs into your October gardening to-do list. In the autumn when your soil is moist and still slightly warm, you will have the perfect conditions to plant grown trees and shrubs.

It’s unlikely your soil will be suffering from drought thanks to our autumn climate but it’s still a good idea to check your soil first before planting anything.

 

Find all the October gardening supplies you need online at eDecks. We have great discounts on protective fence treatments, compost bins and more!