How To Install Short Fence Posts In Soil

Posted on: 26 November 2017

While adding a simple wrought iron fence to your lawn area can be a fun way to add style to your landscaping. You can also make your lawn more enjoyable and secure. Of course, you will need to figure out the best way to install the fence post into the soil. Even if you are just going to install a short decorative picket fence, you obviously want it to be strong and sturdy. This article explains how to dig holes and pour concrete footings for durable fences set in soil.

Dig the Post Holes

Before you start to dig your hole, you need to figure out how deep it needs to be. There are a lot of variables that will affect how deep your hole should be, but if you just make sure that your hole is half as deep as the fence is tall, it will be plenty sturdy, no matter what type of soil you have. This means, even if you just want a 4'  fence, you should dig a 2' deep hole. So, you would need at least 6' of post. However, you don't want to just buy 6' long post. To be safe, you should buy an 8' long post. You can cut away the extra height of the posts after they are installed.

Tamp the Bottom and Sides of the Hole

One of the most important things to do when digging your hole is to create a solid surface at the bottom of it. If you are just digging 2' deep into your soil, you probably won't hit the solid bedrock. So, you need to tamp down the bottom and sides of your hole so the post doesn't just sync further down. This can happen after the entire fence is installed, creating a weak fence. The digging and tamping can be done with a normal shovel. However, if you want to make the job a little easier on yourself, you can invest in a post-digging shovel. These shovels allow you to dig deep, without making your hole too wide.

If you are just going to install a 4' tall fence, you won't need to use any concrete to pour a footing. placing the post directly into the soil will offer plenty of sturdiness, as long as you tightly pack the soil around the post as you backfill it.

In the end, this sturdiness of your fence largely depends on the sturdiness of the post.