If you’ve been toying with the idea of installing a garden fence but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. The process isn’t as intimidating as it may seem, but there are some tools and materials that you need to have on hand before getting started. Whether you want a picket-style fence or something more substantial like a closeboard fence, this blog post will break down all the tools and supplies you need. Let’s get started! 

Tools & Supplies Needed

The first step is making sure that you have the right tools and supplies for the job. Here is what most people find themselves needing when they install a garden fence 

Measuring tape 

Posthole digger 


Hammer drill 

Posts/panels/pickets depending on type of fence 

Concrete mix (for setting posts)  

Screws/nails (for attaching panels/pickets)  

Taking Measurements & Planning Your Layout 

Once you have all your tools and materials together, it is time to take some measurements. Measure out how long your fence should be and decide how many panels or pickets it will consist of. This will ensure that everything fits properly once installation begins. It is also important to plan for gate openings if necessary; these should be at least 3-4 feet wide so that an adult can easily pass through them without having to duck down or squeeze sideways 

Installing Posts & Attaching Panels/Pickets 

The next step is digging postholes for each post using either a shovel or a posthole digger; make sure that each hole is two feet deep and wide enough so that the posts are secure and stable when they are set in place. Once the holes are dug, mix up your concrete mix according to package instructions, then fill each hole up with it until only about six inches remain above ground level. Insert your posts into the holes one at a time, then use a spirit level to make sure each one is straight before allowing them to dry overnight; continue this process until all of your posts are in place. Once they are dry, attach your panels/pickets however necessary—using nails or screws—until your garden fence is complete!   


Installing a garden fence isn’t as difficult as some may think—all it takes is having the right tools and supplies on hand before getting started! With just some measuring tape, posthole diggers or shovels, concrete mix, hammer drills, nail guns if needed, posts/panels/pickets depending on type of fencing chosen, screws/nails for attaching panels/pickets - anyone can do it! So go ahead – get started on improving your outdoor space today!