How to Repair a Rotted Wooden Garden Fence

What You'll Need
Measuring tape

Most wooden garden fencing is not constructed out of treated wood, which means, over time, you may begin to notice signs of rot in certain spots along the bottom of the fence. This happens when the fence is installed directly on top of the ground. If a small gap is not left when it is installed, air cannot circulate around the wood, therefore, the wood will remain damp, causing it to eventually break down and disintegrate. If you have this problem with your current garden fence, here’s how you can fix it without having to replace the entire fence.

Step 1: Remove the rotted section of the fence.

Step 2: Cut away the area of the fence that is rotted. Keep the cut straight.

Step 3: Along the base of the non-infected parts on both sides of the affected area, nail a 2x4. Keep it level. The 2x4 should span the gap where the rotted fence was located.

Step 4: Re-install the fencing in its original location and nail the bottom lip of it to the 2x4 for complete support.

Step 5: To ensure rot does not develop again, make sure the fence is re-installed with at least a one-inch gap between the fence bottom and the ground surface.

Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.