5 Things (Plus a BONUS) That Are Often Overlooked When Building A Wood Fence

Joe EverestUncategorized

Building a fence is as simple as digging a few holes, setting some posts and nailing up the pickets right? While that may be true to some extent there are some things that are often overlooked during the fence building process that could end up making a huge difference. What are they? Keep reading to find out. 

Dirt Removal 

Each post needs a hole dug, but where does all that dirt go? The last thing you’d want is the dirt to be piled up next to, or around the posts, so what are your options? Well, it can stay or it can go. You can have it spread along the fence, either underneath (if there’s enough space), or it can be raked into the yard. If you have a pre-existing dirt pile you can also throw it on top of there as well. Finally you can have the dirt removed completely. Make sure to talk to your contractor about what the best option is.

Hidden Irrigation Heads 

Irrigation systems are often forgotten, especially if you have an established yard because the head is below grass level. If you’re having a fence installed there’s a good chance they could get hit. Why? When you call 811 to have your utilities marked, they only mark public utilities. That means that it’s up to you to mark any private utilities, including irrigation heads and their lines. This is an important step, as doing so will help make sure that the system isn’t damaged during installation. 

Protruding Nails 

Fences are often built to protect children and pets, so the last thing you want to do is find a nail that is protruding through the 2×4 rails. The fence installation crew should do a final walk through after completion to make sure there are no nail ends sticking out. The easiest way to check this is to look down the line of 2×4’s to see if there are any that are visible. If you do come across any they should be fixed immediately to ensure the safety of your family. 

Follow The Terrain 

It’s rare that a yard is perfectly flat. So what happens to your fence if you have a slight grade, or maybe even a steep slope? Well, if your fence is being built on sight, rather than with premade panels, your fence contractor has the opportunity to follow the terrain. Doing so helps keep the fence line nice and even, adding to the overall look of your backyard. 


Chances are your fence will be built near landscaping, and it’s important to ensure the proper protection of that landscaping. For example you’ll want to wrap up any limbs with a sheet to help make room for the crew and their equipment to avoid any damage. So how much room do you need? We like to have enough space for a person to comfortably walk between the fence and any landscaping. 

Sizing of Double Gate 

Last but not least the size of the double gate is often overlooked. What do we mean? Often the fence is built while whatever you need the double gate for is not on the property. For example you could need the double gate for boat storage during the winter, but you have the fence installed during the summer while the boat is on the lake. Or you may be accustomed to mulching your yard every year, but when it comes time, you find out that the trailer won’t fit through the gate. Do yourself a favor and make sure your double gate is exactly the size that you need! 

And there you have it, the 6 things that are often overlooked when having your fence installed. Have a question? Give us a call at 417- 221-9877 or drop by the office located at 1716 W College Street in Springfield!