How to Build a Rustic Fence

What You'll Need
Fence posts
Spirit level
Wooden slats
Hammer and nails
Post digger

A rustic fence is a great method of visually defining an area of your garden without having to spend a lot of money. A rustic fence is also a good way of keeping your pets in the garden and keeping other animals out. There is nothing particularly advanced about building a rustic fence, and if you have enough time and basic DIY experience at your disposal, you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. There is a lot of physical work involved however.

Step 1 – Plan the Fence

Before you start work or purchase any materials, first draw an accurate, scaled plan of the outline of the fence. Use graph paper to do this. To ensure structural integrity of the fence, make sure you allow for fence posts no more than every six feet apart. You will then need to get the right sort of materials. Cedar is a good choice of wood to use for this application but anything which is particularly durable to moisture and weather and should be ideal for the job.

Step 2 – Dig the Post Holes

When you have firmly established where the fence is going to go, you should then start digging the post holes. Do this once you have marked them on the path of the fence. Dig each hole to about 3 feet in depth. This assumes that your fence posts themselves will be approximately 8 feet in height, or extending 5 feet above the ground.

Step 3 – Place the Fence Posts

Place the fence posts into the holes that you have dug. Make sure that each post is properly upright before filling in the whole around the post. You can use the spirit level to help you. Replace the soil around the base of the post so that it is firmly in place and will not budge no matter how hard you try to push it. If the holes are about 3 feet in depth, you should not need concrete to hold them in place. Simply filling in the holes with soil and firmly packing it in place should be enough.

Step 4 – Making the Slats

Cut the wooden slats to the right length and then fix them in place. The number of slats that you use for each section is entirely up to you. More slats will make for a thicker fence, offering more privacy while fewer slats will allow more light to get in but not offer so much privacy. Nail each slat in place using nails which are not prone to rusting.

Step 5 – Treating the Wood

You can treat the wood with a choice of products. Creosote is an effective way of helping to weatherproof fences and outbuildings and offers a good choice if you want a dark finish.