Reed fencing is a good way to add a simple fence while still having it have some character. Because of the reed construction, they are very good as privacy fences or to pen in small pets and children. Reed fences come in full reed and split reed. Because of the way it is constructed, the split reed is best for a sturdy standalone fence. Standard reed fencing comes in prefabricated rolls or differing lengths and in both 4- and 6-foot heights. This fencing is available at many home improvement, lawn and garden and hardware stores.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Posthole digger
- Crushed gravel
- 7-foot metal fence posts
- Medium-sized rocks
- Dry concrete mix
- Large bucket
- Metal trowel
- Garden wire
- Wire cutters
Choose the type of reed fencing you need and determine the height. Measure the area for the fence with a tape measure so you know the exact amount necessary to purchase. Plan the layout of the fence. Place stakes with a string line wrapped around them to show the line of the new fence.
Dig holes with a posthole digger approximately every 6 feet along the string line. Dig the posts 6 inches deep and about 6 inches in diameter. Fill the bottom 2 inches of the hole with crushed gravel.
Place a 7-foot metal fence post in the center of the hole and position four fist-sized rocks around it to hold it upright in the hole. Check the pole with a level for straightness.
Mix water and dry concrete mix in a large bucket until it is the consistency of cooked oatmeal. Fill the hole to the top with the concrete and smooth it with a metal trowel. Repeat these steps for all other posts and allow them to dry overnight.
Unroll the reed fencing on the ground in front of the fence posts. Check that there are no damaged areas and that the reeds are still fastened together securely.
Lift the fencing and position it against the first post. Cut garden wire with wire cutters and wrap it through the top end of the fence. Also wrap it around the top of the post, and then twist the two ends together with pliers. Repeat this for the bottom and for the approximate middle of the post. Check that all three connections are tight.
Pull the fence taut, and connect it to the next post in the line with the same number of connections as the first. Repeat this with all remaining posts. If joining pieces of fencing, overlap them at least 1 inch at the post, and double the number of wire connections to make the joint strong.
Tips & Warnings
- Plastic zip ties work as well as the wire, but may not look as nice as the wire.
- Have an assistant to help with holding the fence in place while securing it to the posts.
- For high-wind areas, consider adding two equally spaced middle ties as opposed to just the one.
- Be careful with the fencing that it isn't damaged while you're working with it. It gets stronger when connected to the post, and most damage occurs during construction.
- "Better Homes and Gardens Fences and Gates: Step-by-Step Instructions"; Better Homes & Gardens; 2008
- "The Fence Bible"; Jeff Beneke; 2005
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