Installing a new garden fence is a task that can dramatically transform the look and feel of your outdoor space. Whether you're looking for added privacy, a way to secure your garden, or simply want to update your property's aesthetic, a quality wooden fence panel supplied by East Coast Fencing is an excellent choice. If you're a homeowner or a DIY enthusiast ready to tackle this project, this comprehensive guide will walk you through each step of installing your new garden fence.

Step 1: Planning Your Project

Before you start digging, it's crucial to plan. First, determine the boundary where the fence will go and discuss your plan with neighbours if the fence will be on a boundary. Check for any local planning restrictions or requirements. Then, decide on the type and height of the fence you want. East Coast Fencing offers a range of quality wooden fence panels suitable for various needs and preferences.

Step 2: Gathering Materials and Tools

Once you've planned your fence, gather all the materials and tools you'll need for the project. This will typically include:

  • Wooden fence panels from East Coast Fencing
  • Fence posts (concrete or wooden, depending on preference)
  • Post hole digger or spade
  • Spirit level
  • Concrete mix (if using concrete posts or for securing wooden posts)
  • Gravel (for drainage in post holes)
  • Screws and nails
  • Saw (if panels or posts need cutting to size)
  • Hammer, screwdriver, and drill

Step 3: Marking Out The Fence Line

Using string and stakes, mark out where your fence will go. This ensures your fence line is straight and helps in visualising the project completion. Remember to leave enough space between the posts (the width of the fence panels plus a little extra for fitting).

Step 4: Digging Post Holes

Using your post hole digger or a spade, dig holes for your fence posts. The depth of the holes should be about a third of the height of the post to ensure stability, usually at least 60cm deep. For added durability, especially in windy areas, consider making the holes slightly deeper.

Step 5: Installing the Posts

Place a layer of gravel at the bottom of each hole for drainage. Then, insert the fence post, ensuring it's level. If you're using wooden posts, it’s a good idea to treat the part of the post that will be underground with a wood preservative. Secure the post with concrete, following the manufacturer's instructions, or backfill with soil if you're using a different method. Ensure the concrete is fully set (usually around 24 hours) before attaching the fence panels.

Step 6: Attaching Fence Panels

Once the posts are secure, it's time to attach your wooden fence panels. Start by placing the panel against the first two posts, making sure it's level. You may need an extra pair of hands for this step. Attach the panel to the posts using screws or nails, ensuring it's securely in place. Continue this process until all panels are installed.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

For added protection and aesthetics, consider treating your new wooden fence with a suitable exterior paint or stain. This will not only enhance the look of your fence but also protect the wood from weathering and extend its lifespan.


Installing a new garden fence is a satisfying project that can significantly improve your outdoor space's function and appearance. By choosing quality wooden fence panels from East Coast Fencing and following these step-by-step instructions, you can ensure that your new fence is sturdy, durable, and looks great. Remember, preparation and patience are key to a successful fence installation. Happy fencing!