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Sitting on the Fence

Sitting on the Fence
Posted on 29/03/10 | Posted by The Fat Gardener

I recently had to help my aged(ish) parents to mend the fence around their small cottage garden in Hampshire. After assessing the strength of the rotten fence posts and broken palings in a number of the panels, we decided that replacement would be better than repair.

Having removed the non-functioning fence and purchased some very reasonable new panels and fencing posts (from a well known 'out of town' retailer), we went about digging the new holes for the posts. This is a much easier job if you use a Bulldog Tools fence hole digger (like two long handled, narrow shovels facing each other) and draining shovel (with very narrow blade).
With these two great garden tools (or landscaping tools to be more exact!) I made light(ish) work of the post holes (almost 2 feet deep each) and filled them with the slow curing concrete mix, adding the fence posts (spirit level and tape measure essential!) as I went. You can, if you wish to reduce your environmental impact use a Bulldog Tools post driver to push the fencing posts straight into the ground, although I find it difficult to keep the post exactly vertical using this method. I have also found that even treated fence posts rot much quicker in the soil than in concrete. The posts can look just as good in the concrete if you always leave room for a collar of turf to lay up close to the post.
Fortunately, my measuring was successful and all the fencing panels fitted perfectly(ish)! It was one of the best examples of a garden job being made much easier by having the right tools - if I had used a spade to dig all those post holes I might have still been there now!
So, don't sit on the fence - build one instead!

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