It’s important to keep your fence posts grounded at all times. But how deep do your posts need to go? Generally speaking, it’s safer to plant them as deeply into the ground as you can. Being less general, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow to make sure your posts are firmly placed. Here are some tips on how to plant your fence posts.
Make Sure You Go Down No Less Than a Third of the Post’s Length
This piece of advice is handy for just about any fence, but it’s especially important if you live in an area that gets a lot of wind. If there are heavy gusts of wind, your fence posts will be put under significant pressure, and wind can start up without warning, so you have to be ready all of the time. By burying your fence posts no less than one-third of the post’s length, you give yourself sufficient protection against the wind.
Three Feet is as Low as You Can Go For Places With High Winds
The last thing you want is to wake up after a storm has passed, only to find that your fence has been knocked over. This is something that can befall anyone, but it’s more likely if you live somewhere that gets high winds. For this reason, you should put your fence posts no fewer than three feet into the ground. If you can get your posts even deeper, that would be ideal. Also, if you’re living in a cold climate, you might have to follow other guidelines if you have to go beneath the frost level. The deeper your fence posts go, the safer your fence will be against strong winds.
Make Sure Your Fence Doesn’t Go Too High
A basic rule of fencing installations is to not install your fence too high if you have strong wind concerns. You don’t want your fence posts to mimic the role of sails and take on more wind than they must. The less fence surface you have that’s vulnerable to wind, the easier it will be for your fence posts to stay rooted.
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