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How to pick the right fencing material.
When you first setup a property there are many things to do, at the top of that list, I would put installing fences. This can be an expensive endeavor, so you want to get it right. You don’t have to replace it all, in a short time. If you pick the right materials for your fences they could serve you well for many years to come. I can remember helping my father install a fence around 20 years ago or so, and the fence is still doing a great job today.
A perimeter fence is a very good idea, if you have a large amount of land it may not be feasible to fence the total property off. Take a section of land around your dwelling and fence it off. This will provide security for your house and allows you to keep out unwanted visitors, be they four legged or two. When deciding how much to fence off keep in mind how many things you would like be protected by that fence. Is there enough room for the dogs? If you don’t have dogs I feel bad for you, go get some they are great additions to your homestead. Plus they are some of the best friends you could wish for. Do you plan on putting a garden in there? How big will it be? Do you need to section off the yard in to multiple yards so you can manage when animals have access and to what parts? I prefer to have at least 3 separate sections in the yard to give you options on how manage your animals, growing, and recreation. If you have a dog that likes to eat chickens it makes the process so much easier.
For the “yard fence” I am a big fan of chain link fencing, it is not the cheapest by far, but when installed correctly this fencing is very strong and will keep doing its job with little to no maintenance for a very long time. You can get a local company to install the fence easily due to the popularity of chain link. I believe most places prefer to install chain link because it is easier to warranty a fence that is very strong so that there is less chance of actually having to fix anything on it.
Next up we have welded wire fencing, this is not very strong. I have had several dogs pull on welded wire and pop a bunch of the welds and destroy this kind of fencing very quickly. If you have a mild dog this may be ok for you but I do not recommend this for any animal containment. I am sure there are a lot of uses for this type of fence but because of my animals I do not use this type of fencing anymore. The plus for this fence is that it is much cheaper than most other fences and does a pretty good job at keeping things out just not keeping things in.
If you are keeping animals in a fence I really like rolled wire fencing. This type of fencing is very difficult to break and holds up to just about every thing you can throw at it. You may have some animals climb out but not break it down. I find the rolled wire easier to install than welded wire due to the strength of the wire, it is easier to get the fence nice and tight.
For large animals you can use corral panels, they are so easy to install it isn’t even funny. The panels are pretty strong, but with the gaps in the pipe they do little to nothing to help you manage small animals. However I have seen a pen made out of these with cattle panels attached to the inside used to contain goats. It worked very well and looked extremely nice also.
If you have a large amount of area to fence in your most cost effective option would be barbed wire. This will let you cover the most ground for the least amount of cost. The biggest draw back on barbed wire would be the pain factor, installing and working around barbed wire can be a painful experience. I have lost more than one pair of pants due to this type of fencing, not to mention all the cuts I have gotten.
Cattle panels are my favorite thing to build all kinds of things with, and it makes a wonderful fence also. It is very strong, and extremely easy to install. Plus you can build some really cool things with this material check out this post on building a cool little shade with this item.
I have covered many different types of fencing, and there are many more like electric fencing, and so on. If you would like to know more about any kind of fence just leave a comment and I will help you out with it. Maybe you just want a little garden fence for a good price like the one in the picture below.