We’ve done a lot of fencing projects around here since we bought this property. And depending on the application, there are a ton of options available. We had relatively good barbed wire fences around the perimeter, except for when trees fall on the fence. Why is it that a tree that falls never falls harmlessly in the other direction, but always on the fence? Must be Murphy’s Law.
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 4×4 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 several different types of gates. We have pedestrian gates that are approximately 4 ft. wide and we built to match the fence. We also have several farm (tube) gates so that we can get equipment, tractors, trucks or trailers up near the house if necessary.
Using this style of fence, we built our backyard, chicken yard and front yard. We also just finished fencing off the driveway and the chicken yard to the front fence to create a “cow-free” zone and our future orchard.
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!
The job of fixing fence is never done on a homestead. Especially if you have livestock. Good thing we’re getting better and better at it all the time! 🙂
Until next time, worms rock, bees rule and chickens are my Zen.