five steps to garden fencingAre you thinking of investing in new garden fencing? Here's the first five steps to take when planning and preparing.

If you're not sure if your fence needs replacing yet, read our handy guide to find out.

1. Choose your fence panels and posts

There's a wide range of fence panels available – from contemporary to traditional. If you're not sure what type is right for you, read our blogs on different types of fencing and the difference between overlap and waney edge panels.

You'll also need to think about which fence posts, gravel boards and fencing components you're going to use.

2. Measuring up for garden fencing

Once you’ve decided which type of fencing is right, you'll need to measure up. This will tell you how much fencing you’ll need. Our detailed guide to measuring up fencing will give you plenty of useful information.

3. Check your property boundaries

Before you go full steam ahead with the installation of your fencing project, it’s best to check the property boundaries and talk to your neighbours about your plans.

It’s not always possible to establish ownership of fencing, but look for the 'T' or 'H' shape that denotes ownership in your deeds for an indication. This guide from the Land Registry gives detailed information about boundaries.

It's always best to let your neighbours know what you'll be doing when replacing garden fencing – especially if there could be potential disruption to their garden.

4. Check if you need planning permission

Although most fences don't need planning permission, some fencing projects in England may need planning permission if:

  • The fence is higher than 2 metres
  • The fence is over one metre high and next to a road
  • Your house is a listed building or it neighbours a listed building

In any case, it's always best to check with your local council for the most up to date information. The Gov.UK website features more information about planning permission.

5. Preparing the area

Finally, you're ready to go and it's time to prep the area! Before you start installing the garden fencing it's a good idea to...

  • Level out the ground
  • Remove any stones or concrete
  • Move any plants to ensure they’re not damaged during the fencing installation
  • Move any other obstacles (such as garden furniture) in your garden that may block access

We're ready to help

If you have any garden fencing queries please call the Somerlap Team on 01278 641671.

Why not pay us a visit and see our fencing products for yourself in our outdoor and indoor showrooms. There's also plenty of free, on-site parking.

Somerlap Forest Products is just a short journey off the M5 (Junction 22 at Edithmead). We’re close to Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Taunton, Weston-super-Mare, Axbridge and Cheddar.

For Sat Nav users, the postcode is TA9 4NR.

We're open six days a week and our opening times are:

Monday to Friday: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday: Closed