A good garden fence will help to provide privacy and protection from the elements. As specialist providers of garden and groundwork services, we have also seen them be used as a great landscaping feature. Wooden fencing is often the most popular type for property borders. However, there is a range of different types to choose from. This guide will explain how to install a garden fence. 


It is important to plan your fencing carefully. Doing so will help you to save time and save you an awful lot of trouble later on. You will need to be accurate with your choice of materials and save on any cuttings or wastage. 

Should your fence be marking a property boundary, it is advisable to talk to your neighbours first and let them know about your plans. 

Here are some things to consider: 

  • Does a fence need to be removed? If so, whose property is it on? 
  • Do you need access to your neighbour’s garden to install the fence? 


Fences that are less than 2m high often will not need planning permission. However, it is always best to check with your local planning authority to make sure of this. It is also important to be aware that planning permission will be needed if your fence borders a public Right of Way. 

General Tips

Fences can be built at any time of the year. However, where possible, try to avoid harsh hot or cold weather conditions. Early spring to late autumn is often an ideal time as there is less disturbance to plant and soil health. 

It is also best practice to use a CAT detector to scan for underground pipes and cables prior to starting your build. 

How to Erect Your Fence

As a specialist garden and groundwork services provider, we have provided a few rules you should follow when putting up your fence. Firstly, ensure that your fence posts are soaked at the base in wood preservation before installation. 

Always make sure to use treated wood and exterior grade screws to prevent any premature rotting and rusting. 

If you install a fence onto an area with a slope, keep the fence panels along the horizontal line but fill the angled gap at the base. You can do so by cutting a gravel board to size. Some heavily sloped areas will require a different method of installation. For this reason, make sure to speak to a specialist on how to build in these circumstances. 

If you use a Postcrete, wear a safety mask as well as goggles and protective gloves for safety. It is particularly important to wear gloves when handling wood and applying wood preserver. Also, ensure that you safely dispose of any offcuts of timber.


As specialists in landscaping and groundwork services, we hope you found this guide useful. Remember to check that you have legitimate planning permission before building. In addition, make use of the safety precautions we have outlined, including wearing protective gloves and goggles if you use a Postcrete. 

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As specialists in landscaping and groundwork services, BZ gardens can help with a range of garden maintenance, from waste disposal, estate management, landscape design and much more. We create and care for unique gardens and open spaces for residential, commercial and public clients across London, and Greater London. Should you need support with your landscaping and garden design, contact us and we will be happy to help with your enquiries.