How to Install Plastic Garden Fencing

A plastic garden fence.
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Wood stakes
Survey string
Baby sledge hammer
Plastic fencing
Gate hardware

Plastic garden fencing is great for seasonal use in the garden or any area where you need a quick and easy enclosure. Plastic garden fencing can also be removed quickly and reused over and over again. They are extremely weather-resistant, lightweight and easy to install. The portable systems do not require post holes and concrete footings. You simply pound in metal posts with a small sledgehammer. Some other plastic garden fencing systems, intended for permanent installation, require post holes dug at precise intervals to receive preassembled panels. Here is what you need to know to install plastic garden fencing.

Step 1 - Understand Design Criterion

A large variety of plastic garden fencing is available. Each has its own installation technique and specifications. Visit your garden supply store and check out what they have. Make note of installation specifications such as the maximum interval between posts or footing requirements. Some plastic garden fencing systems come with pre-manufactured fence panels and fixed footing spacing. Be sure to have accurate information before digging any holes. Also, make note of any special hardware like gates, gravel boards, or corner posts.

Next, measure along your fence line and determine the total footage of fencing materials that you will need. Design at least one gate into your plan.

Design the post spacing according to the plastic garden fence manufacturer’s specifications. Divide your total fence line footage by the manufacturer’s recommended spacing for the posts, and then add one post to determine the number that you need. Also add an additional post for each gate.

Step 2 - Lay out the Fence

Lay out your fence line by pounding in wood stake along the line you want your fence. You can approximate curves using short, straight lines segments. Then tie survey string from stake to stake.

Step 3 - Prepare Footings

Prepare footings as specified by the manufacturer for depth, width, spacing, and whether or not concrete is required. Dig post hole, if necessary, along your string line. Rigid pre-manufactured plastic fence panels may require footings at specified, inflexible intervals while flexible plastic garden fencing may not require footings at all. Flexible plastic fencing can skip this step.

Step 4 - Install Posts

Install the posts according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Flexible plastic garden fence posts can simply be pounded in using a baby sledgehammer at specified intervals. Some systems incorporate a base to pound in separate from the post. Simply pound in the base then attach the post. This system is perfect if you want to remove the fence for the winter and then put it back in the same spot in the spring.

Step 5 - Install Fence

Begin at an end or a gate. Install the fence panels as specified by the manufacturer. Flexible plastic fencing is simply hung from the posts.

Step 6 - Finish

Install gates, trim hardware, clean up and you’re done.