Fences, Sheds & Barns
When properly constructed, sturdy fences, sheds & barns provide a great deal of peace of mind to the modern homesteader. When put up poorly, no greater headache ever came to a homesteader. Homestead fencing is essential to maintain healthy relationships with neighbors, but more importantly, to maintain healthy pastures and healthy herds.
When tackling DIY fence installation project, the saying goes make your fences “horse high, bull strong and hog tight,” and Countryside founder JD Belanger adds “water tight” if you are goat farming. From electric fencing for horses and livestock to building the ideal garden fencing, there are many considerations for homestead fencing. According to Gail Damerow, author of Fences for Pasture & Garden, here are five ways to properly install estate fencing:
- Choose the right fencing material from the beginning
- Make sure to anchor down the anchor posts
- Carefully consider the placement and sizes of gates
- Review the property line to make sure your fence is on your property (not your neighbor’s)
- Before you dig, locate underground structures / utilities
Fencing and gates require proper maintenance to serve you for years to come. For example, you can fix a sagging metal or wooden gate by putting a small wheel on the moving end of the gate. The wheel takes all the weight and supports the gate. It cannot sag any farther and also enables it to move easily when you open or close it.
Homesteaders are always on the lookout for low cost construction techniques to build quality fences, outbuildings, barns and even primary residences such as earthship homes. Countryside readers have learned (and shared!) their tutorials on topics that include how to make a cheap greenhouse and how to build a chicken coop from recycled materials and a few hundred bucks in your pocket.
Good luck installing and maintaining fences, sheds & barns on your homestead, no matter what your budget is.
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