Soon after moving in, we wanted to start building a backyard. We needed to be able to let our “city dogs” outside to do their “business” unattended, without having them run wild on our 10 acres…or everyone else’s acres for that matter.
We found ourselves staring at every fence we passed by. We came up with a vision of what we wanted it to look like and designed and constructed it ourselves. That first phase of the backyard was really hard work. We were in a drought, so the ground was really dry and hard. And the backyard happened to be over nice hard clay. Ugh. It was S.L.O.W. going, digging those post holes. And let me tell you, we dug every one of them by hand (we being my husband). We buried 8 ft. treated 4x4 posts two feet deep and concreted them in. Then we added three “rails” which were 8 ft. treated 2x4s and stained the posts and rails with a semi-transparent cedar-colored stain. Finally we wrapped the outside with 5 ft. tall welded wire fencing. We used a pneumatic stapler to attach the wire to the posts and rails.
We have done plenty of fence work around the perimeter too. We started by shoring up weak areas in the barbed wire before we got cows. We have since decided that cattle field fence was going to be our best bet with Longhorns, so we’ve been adding that right over the barbed wire fence. Cattle fence has smaller openings close to the ground that gradually get a little larger towards the top, so the hooves and legs can’t get stuck through the fence. That cattle fence has eliminated a lot of problems with badly behaving young bulls on both sides of the fence!
Until next time, worms rock, bees rule and chickens are my Zen.
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