Farm & Livestock Fencing
FENCE PLANNING AT A GLANCE
DIY vs. Pro Installation
Think about how much you want to be involved based on your skills, time, confidence and budget.
Research the fencing guidelines in your area. Sometimes a building permit is required.
Panels vs. Pickets
Panels are typically faster to construct. Individual pickets are often more attractive on slopes, allowing you to create a straight line across the top.
Determine the placement of your gates and how many you’ll need. Measure and document gate sizes.
Determine your property line (your utility company can help) and how you want your fence positioned in relation to it. Outline your fence perimeter with spray paint and measure. Then, subtract your gate length. For panels, divide the footage of fencing by your panel width. For pickets, determine both your picket width and spacing between pickets.
Digging Depth & Potential Hazards
The depth might depend on your climate (in colder climate, you’ll want to dig below the frost line). Make sure you won’t be interfering with utility hotlines or pipes.
Next, check out our guide:
How to Build a Fence >