Advanced Fence Installation: Fencing a Sloped Yard

Fences for Sloped Yards An ideal American home would have terrain that’s even, rectangular, and flat. The reality, however, is that a lot of houses are built on uneven terrain, such as a slope or hill. Thus, it can be difficult for some homeowners to install fences, such as aluminum panels, on a slope. Despite the challenge, there are methods that homeowners can use to work around the “special” landscape of their yard.

Stepped Fencing

This type of fencing makes use of rails perpendicular to the pickets. Homeowners who opt for stepped fencing will need to attach each section to the post to adjust to the land’s slope. After installation, the fence will mimic the look of stairs, increasing in height as it goes further up the slope.

The design of a stepped fence will leave large gaps that are often triangular in shape. Such gaps may allow tunneling pets to escape. Thus, homeowners should take care to fill these gaps. One way of doing so is to construct raised bed planters at the bottom of the fence. These planters will fill the gap and act as a valuable gardening space.

Raked Fencing

A raked fence, also known as a racked fence, requires homeowners to install individual pickets or boards separately. Once installed, raked fences will have rails running parallel to the ground. It would also ensure that the gap between the ground and the pickets remains uniform throughout the entire fence. This prevents pets from getting through the gaps.

While raked fencing gives homeowners a uniform look, it may not be applicable for all sloped lawns, especially ones with a steep angle. Moreover, this fence type takes more time to assemble.

Although slopes may seem like an impossible obstacle to the installation of a new fence, homeowners can get around the problem with raked or stepped fencing. Just make sure to measure the area properly and follow the fence installation instructions.