To set up a privacy fence


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Instead of thick walls or opaque hedges you can protect your garden with a subtle screen fence from prying eyes, which is then covered with various plants. To help you get started right away, we'll show you how to correctly set up a fence of sweet chestnut with suitable planting in your garden.

For the privacy fence you need:

Material:

  • 6 m chestnut fence fence (height 1.50 m)
  • 5 square, pressure-impregnated (70 x 70 x 1500 mm)
  • 5 H-post anchors, hot-dip galvanized (600 x 71 x 60 mm)
  • 4 wooden slats (30 x 50 x 1430 mm)
  • 5 pegs
  • 10 hexagon bolts (M10 x 100 mm, incl. Washers)
  • 15 Spax screws (5 x 70 mm)
  • Ruck-Zuck concrete (about 15 bags of 25 kg each)
  • compost
  • bark

Step by step: How to set up a privacy fence

As a starting point for our privacy fence we have a slightly curved, about eight meters long and half a meter wide strip. The fence should have a length of six meters. At the front and rear ends one meter remains free, which is planted with a shrub.

Curved bedding strip

In future, the screen fence should stand on this bedding strip

First, we fix the position of the fence posts. These are set at a distance of 1.50 meters. That means we need five posts and mark the corresponding places with pegs. We stay as close as possible to the front stone edge, because the fence is later planted on the back. With an auger we lift out the holes for the foundations. These should have a frost-free depth of 80 centimeters and a diameter of 20 to 30 centimeters.

Foundation for the post anchor

A bricklayer cord helps to later align the mullion anchors to a height. For this purpose, we have hammered the pegs next to the holes and check with the spirit level, that the tightly stretched string is level. For the foundations, we use fast-hardening concrete, so-called jerk-sugar concrete, in which only water has to be added. This binds quickly and we can set the complete fence the same day. Before pouring in the dry mix, we moistened the soil slightly at the side and bottom of the hole. The concrete is introduced in layers. This means adding water every 10 to 15 centimeters, compressing the mixture with a wooden slat and filling in the next layer (observe the manufacturer's instructions!).
The post anchor (600 x 71 x 60 millimeters) is pressed into the wet concrete, so that the lower bridge of the H-beam is later enclosed by the mixture and the upper bridge is about ten centimeters above the earth level (line height!). While one person holds the post anchor and has the vertical orientation in view, preferably with a special post spirit level, the other fills the remaining concrete.

Set the position of the posts

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First, the position of the posts is determined

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With the auger the holes for the foundations are excavated

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With a spirit level the bricklayer cord is controlled

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Then the dry mixture is filled in the intended hole

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Add a little water every 10 to 15 centimeters

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The post anchor is pressed into the wet concrete so far that the upper web of the H-beam is at string height

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After one hour, the concrete has hardened and you can mount the posts

Set the position of the posts

Use the auger to dig holes

Check the wall string with a spirit level

Fill dry mixture in the hole

Add water

Press the post anchor into the wet concrete

Hardened concrete

Fastening the privacy fence

When pre-drilling the screw holes, the second person pays attention back to getting everything right. For fastening, we take two hexagon bolts (M10 x 100 mm, incl. Washers), which we tighten with a ratchet and open-end wrench. At the ready-mounted posts can now attach the fence fence. The stakes of the chestnut fence (height 1.50 meters), we fasten with three screws (5 x 70 mm) to the posts, in such a way that the tips protrude beyond. So that the fence does not sag, we put around straps and posts at the top and bottom of a strap and pull the wire construction tight before we screw the slats. Because it creates strong tensile forces and the concrete is hard, but not fully loadable, we clamp provisional cross bar (3 x 5 x 143 centimeters) above between the posts. The bolts are removed after assembly. Pre-drilling prevents the stakes from tearing to the posts during attachment. The finished fence has no direct earth contact. So it can dry well below and last longer. Incidentally, our roller fence consists of two parts, which we simply connected with wires.

Pre-drill screw holes

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Now the screw holes are pre-drilled

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The posts are fastened with hexagon screws

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Then the fence fence is attached to the ready-mounted post

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The stakes are attached to the posts so that the tips protrude above them

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Before screwing on, the fence fence is pulled tightly using a tensioning belt. So he does not hang later

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Pre-drilling prevents the posts from tearing during assembly

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The finished fence fence has no earth contact and is therefore more weather resistant

Pre-drill screw holes

Attach posts

Ready-milled posts

Attach the stakes

Secure stakes with a tension belt

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Finished Staketenzaun

Suitable plants for the privacy fence

Plants:

  • Climbing rose 'Jasmina'
  • Clematis alpina
  • Italian Clematis 'Mme Julia Correvon'
  • Three-Lipped Wood Vine 'Veitchii'
  • Low fake hazel
  • Korean Fragrance Snowball
  • Dainty Deutz
  • Clove flower 'Gloire de Versailles'
  • 10 x Cambridge Cranesbill 'Saint Ola'
  • 10 x Small Periwinkle
  • 10 x Dickmännchen

Plant material

After the fence is over, it's time for planting

Finally, we plant the fence side facing the house. The construction is the ideal climbing frame for climbing plants, which beautify it on both sides with their shoots and flowers. We decided on a pink flowering climbing rose, a wild wine and two different clematis. These are distributed evenly on the eight meter long planting strip. In between, as well as at the beginning and end, we set small shrubs and different ground cover. In order to improve the existing surface, we use a bit of compost in planting. The gaps are covered with a layer of bark mulch.

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