How to Install a Snow Fence

What You'll Need
Fence posts of determined height
A spade for digging holes
Fencing of determined height and width Do not use metal U-posts
Fence ties if required
Support wire if required
Measuring tape
Paper and pencil for recording measurements

Snow fences generally have two main uses. Firstly, they help to prevent snow from piling up in unwanted areas. Secondly, they aid in the collection of water in a specified place. 

Snow fencing is easy to install. These fences can be created using a number of different types of materials. A few examples are living, plastic and wooden snow fences. All types of snow fencing have their own respective merits. 


Step 1 - Find Important Information

In order to determine the best place to install a snow fence and how much fencing will actually be needed, it is important to do a little research about some aspects regarding the installation location.

Find out what the main wind direction in the area is and the rate of snow transport. Also, be sure to find out the average snow fall for the area. All of these are influencing factors regarding the successful installation of a snow fence. The main reason for building a snow fence is to provide your home, garden, and surrounding environment with a degree of protection from the effects of snowfall


Step 2 - Plan and Prepare

Once this information has been gathered, it will be easy to plan your fence and collect the items that you will need to perform the installation. 

Plan to locate the snow fence upwind for proper positioning. Take the needed measurements to determine how much of each material you will need, be sure to record the information on a slip of paper. 

Decide whether you want a plastic or wooden snow fence then shop for the materials and tools that you do not have to hand. It is important that metal U-posts are not used for this project. 

Gather everything into one place before you begin working on erecting the snow fence. 


Step 3 - Install Fence Posts

Using the spade, dig holes deep enough to install the fence posts by burying them up to 1/3 of their height. Dig the post holes no more than 8 feet apart for proper support. Place the posts into the holes, fill the holes back in and compact the dirt around each post. Make sure the posts are sturdy. 


Step 4 - Install the Fence

It is now time to install the actual fencing. Use the fence ties to attach the fencing material securely to the posts. Adding support wire to the end posts at this time will prevent plastic snow fencing from sagging later on. This is an important factor for a sturdier fence. 

Snow fencing is an affordable yet reliable fencing choice for any situation, making it easy to control where the snow ends up. This can be a big help where snow piles into roads or other areas where snow it can cause a problem.