The Self Build Self Help Site Landscaping

When it comes to working on the garden, driveways, fences etc. the design opportunities are almost endless. This may be work that you will do yourself although there are many excellent companies that have experience and the expertise. But if you go in for it yourself, remember, you can hire the plant and tools that are often necessary (mini diggers, post hole borers, wacker plates etc).

The pages here just give a few tips - otherwise we would be writing a book.

Types of Fencing

Note. You can hire post hole borers - powered auger borers that come in two versions for use by one or two people. Although these can make the job easier, in some respects they are often unwieldy and difficult to keep upright and, if you hit a rock, can wrench a muscle. A good alternative is to buy a trench shovel which has a long yet narrow blade. These are much better than an ordinary garden spade and make a tedious job not too bad.

Panel Fencing

Cheap but not very strong. Although the support posts, if strong enough (suggest 4" * 4") or specially designed concrete posts, should resist high winds, the panels themselves will, over time, disintegrate or even part from the posts.

Feather Edge

This is a strong construction and makes for a good looking fence. If you build this yourself then it is not very expensive and could work out cheaper than panel fencing. If you employ a carpenter it will work out more expensive.

The big advantage is that it can be made to suite the property in terms of height and slope, as the photos on the following page show.

You will need: Four rails is better than 3 and means that the feather edge sections will not tend to deform with the heat of the sun. The pictures on the next page show a fence finished off with the D-rail being planted on the final post. Put the D-rail on before fixing the feather edge so that you can align the feather edge up to the D-rail.

You do see this type of fencing without the D-rail. Its a matter of personal taste but the D-rail provides some weather protection to the boards, gives a neater appearance and maintains the neatness as, without it, the tops will tend to rot and become ragged.