A Simple Guide to Garden Fencing

A fence is a great way to enhance your garden by adding an element of privacy that it might not have had before- especially if you live in close proximity to other neighbours.

There’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to garden fencing, so here we highlight the most popular types as well as give you some helpful tips on construction.

First things first, what are the most common types of fence?

Wood Fences

These fences offer a classic look and feel with an environmentally friendly edge.

They come in various styles including picket fence, post & rail, slat board panelling and lattice panels.

The drawback is they require regular upkeep like painting every few years which can be time consuming depending on how big your yard is; however there are paint sprayers now for this task that make it easier.

Wooden fences are made from either pressure treated lumber or cedar wood and come in a variety of styles including picket, post & rail, slat board panelling and lattice panels.

Metal Fences

This is the most durable type of fencing which is perfect for families with children who want to feel more secure around their property; these types also offer privacy as they mostly obscure views through them.

They’re not so aesthetically pleasing but have an industrial aesthetic that some people prefer over traditional garden fencing options.

Metal fences can be designed to fit any budget thanks to their affordability- you can buy a prefabricated fence kit online that will arrive on your doorstep ready for installation.

Brick Fences

Brick walls are a classic garden fencing option that can be scaled to any size thanks to the fact that they come in modular form. This makes them more expensive than other types of fences but also their durability, as they’re built for longevity.

Brick is an attractive choice because it compliments many different styles and aesthetics- if you’re installing brick along your property line then keep in mind that these fences should be at least 18 inches tall.

Concrete Fences

Concrete is a good option if you want a permanent fence that needs to be low-maintenance and is easy to install.


This is a great option if you want a garden fence that provides privacy while blending in with your garden. Common hedges used for fencing in Australia include Privet, Hawthorn and Box. If you’re looking for a fast-growing hedge, check out Neighbours Be Gone.

Any of these fences will provide an excellent garden boundary but you’ll need to decide which is best for you.

How to choose your fence

Whether you’re looking for something made from timber wood or metal wire mesh fencing there are plenty of options out there so how do you know which one will work best?

Here are the key things to keep in mind when selecting your fence materials and design:

  • Firstly take into consideration cost and determine what suits your budget.
  • Durability is important too so take into consideration things like how much outside footfall will there be?
  • Consider which fence material best fits your house and garden. If you have a modern style home with minimal landscaping, a timber fence will work well.
  • Don’t forget about the gates.

Most importantly make sure that the fence height meets your needs and keep in mind any access requirements such as gates, steps or ramps.

No matter what type of outdoor space you want to enclose with a garden fence, there is something for everyone from traditional picket styles up to modern security features like electric wire netting and razor-wire fixed on top!

You have two options when installing a new garden fence: 1) do it yourself, or 2) employ a professional.

DIY vs hiring professionals

If you intend to erect the fence yourself, you’ll need a good set of tools and some DIY skills. At the very minimum, you’ll need a drill and a hacksaw, plus some wood screws.

You’ll also need to calculate how much fencing you want by measuring the perimeter of your garden or outdoor space before buying anything.

You should work out what type of timber you would like – pressure treated for longevity, budget pine that’s easy to install but not very durable or cedar if money is no object.

Once all these calculations have been made, it will be time to start erecting the fence posts and then digging holes in which they are inserted (remember: stakes must go into hard ground).

Hiring professionals will not only save you time but may also ensure that the fence is erected to code with all necessary permits too.

If hiring someone to build a fence for you, keep in mind that they will need to take measurements from the boundaries of your garden before erecting posts, and again when it comes to installing them.

When hiring professionals for this too, make sure that they measure how high up on either side it should be positioned so as not to impede anyone who is walking past or expected to enter through the entry point. This can go hand-in-hand with considering what type of lock system you want.

In either case, it’s important to know what type of fencing material you want before starting on your project!