- Wind damage or weight of foliage
- Pushed out by tree roots
- Old or rotten fence
The solution will depend on the cause so see whichever section applies to you below. This advice relates to panel style fences. If you have a feather edge fence I would suggest contacting a landscape gardener.
1. Wind damage or weight of foliage.
If the fence has moved due to high winds or weight of foliage then it is likely the posts will need some attention. Ideally you will not need to remove or replace the post and you will be able to reset it in place.
If the post is set in concrete and the entire ball of concrete is moving in the ground when you push the fence then you may be able to dig down around the existing concrete and fill with fresh concrete. Be sure to compact the concrete well and use a level to check the post is set in the correct position.
If the post is sunk using a metal spike then it is probably wise to remove the post entirely and start again. Either unscrew any fixings or lever off any nails attaching the post to the panels. Pull the panels back a little and you should be able to wobble the post free eventually. If it will not come out easily you may need to excavate around the spike a little. Follow the instructions further below on how to set a new post.
2. Pushed out by tree roots.
If a fencepost has been set too close to a tree or large shrub then over time the roots can push the fence out of line. If this is the case you will probably need to set new posts away from the tree roots. Existing panels may need to be cut to size and a new panel may need to be purchased. If you are handy with a saw then set the new posts as explained further below and cut the panels to size. You may need to purchase some timber batons to nail to the cut edge.
3. Old or rotten fence.
If the posts look good and feel solid in the ground then you will just need to break out the rotted panels and screw in a new one. If the posts are also looking a bit rotten it might be time to contact Bristol Landscaping for a new fence.
How to set a new fencepost and attach panels.
Once the existing post is removed you will need to dig a hole at least 45cm (18") deep. You will need a spade or digging spoons and, depending on the ground, you may also need a metal bar. Cut the post to the required length and insert into the hole. You will want to use a fairly dry and stiff concrete mix using a 5 to 1 ballast and cement mix.
Two people will make the job a lot easier from here on in. Pour in the concrete mix in stages and tamp down with a piece of wood whilst keeping a level on the post to achieve the correct position. Once the hole has been filled with concrete (do not fill to ground level, leave at least a couple of inches)) the post should remain in place as the concrete sets.
The panels are easily attached using either hammer and nails or screws and a drill with scredriver attachment. Use a level on top of the fence to ensure they are set level.
If you need help with your fence repairs please contact us.