How Much Does a Picket Fence Cost?


A white picket fence has a classic and old-fashioned appeal. The cost of installing a picket fence around your own yard varies, depending on whether you do the job yourself or use professional help.

Installation Costs

  • Based on 2007 data from Landscaping Ideas Online, picket fences start at $15 per square foot and rise to $30 per square foot for a 4-foot tall fence. That doesn't include the cost of labor, which can be up to half the price or more of the fence.

DIY Costs

  • If you attempt to install the picket fence yourself, you need a post hole digger and concrete to pour in the holes and secure the fence posts. It may cost several thousand dollars to rent a post hole digger, though some rental shops rent the tools.


  • The cost of installing a picket fence may rise if your yard has obstacles or an unusual shape. Adding multiple gates to the fence will also increase the overall cost.

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