Picket Fence Panels. These panels are pressure treated for long life and are 1.83cm wide. They are available in various heights with rounded or pointed tops.
Picket Fence Panels are usually erected between wooden square section posts or concrete slotted posts, available here. They can be erected with a gravel board at the base as a protective barrier between the ground and your fence. By preventing direct contact with damp or wet earth, moisture damage can be avoided. Our Gravel boards can be found here.
This type of fencing is very popular for garden use. It is relatively straight forward to put up and produces a barrier that is not only attractive but helps to define a boundary but without looking too solid. The 1.2m height is ideal for keeping most dogs in. A pleasant alternative to a solid type fence.
You should always check planning rules, covenants etc. before putting up a new fence.
Design of picket fence
A picket fence is generally 36 to 48 inches (91 to 122 cm) tall. A horizontal top rail and bottom rail are attached to fence posts, which are installed upright into the ground. Evenly spaced boards are affixed vertically to the rails. These boards with pointed tops are called “pickets” for their resemblance to the pointed stakes historically used by infantry to repel cavalry.
Picket fences can be made of several types of materials. Historically, wood has been the most popular material used for picket fences. This wood can be untreated, treated, or naturally insect and rot resistant. Other non-wood options are available; including vinyl, aluminum, and PVC.
The first step in installing a picket fence is to insert the posts into the ground. Traditionally this is done by digging deep holes (usually 36in x 12in) either manually or with a power auger. The posts are then placed upright into the ground and concrete is poured to cement them into place. Once they are set, the horizontal rails are affixed to the posts using fasteners, and finally the pickets can be attached to the horizontal rails. By far the most time consuming part of installing a picket fence is setting the posts.
There are some vinyl picket fence systems on the market that are installed without digging holes or pouring concrete. These are installed by driving pipe deep into the ground, which is how chain link fence has been installed for years. This is the most popular way to install vinyl fence in Western Canada, where the deep frost can heave concrete footings out of the ground.