How to build a picket fence on uneven ground

Not every picket fence can be built on perfectly flat and even ground. Some properties will throw you a curveball in the form of a slope, right where you want to put your beautiful and timeless picket fence. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done – there are options available to make your ideal fence a reality.

One of them is to simply follow the lie of the land. This is known as a raked or racked fence. If you’re building your fence from scratch using this method, the rails running along the length of the fence will be parallel to the ground, with the pickets pointing straight up. One of the advantages of this method is that the gap between the pickets and the ground is reasonably uniform for the length of the fence. This is important if you want your fence to keep kids and pets on your property, instead of them crawling through sizeable gaps at the bottom of the fence.

While this method certainly has its benefits and isn’t too difficult to achieve, it might not work so well on steeply sloping ground, or if the ground fluctuates rather than going from Point A to Point B in one long ascending or descending line. If this is the case stepped fencing might be the answer.

Stepped fencing is basically a series of fence sections, where the pickets are perpendicular to the rails. Our picket fence panels would be ideal for this style of fencing. Each section is attached to the post to accommodate the slope of the land, and the final effect is similar to a set of stairs. This is a good method for steeper slopes, or ones that fluctuate in height, as you can place a section of fencing on each part of the slope. However, with this method there will often be sizeable gaps, which might give pets or kids a chance to escape. And, unlike the raked or racked method, the look will be less uniform as the bottoms of the panels don’t follow the slope of the land.

If you want to see how the raked and stepped methods compare, and to get a little more technical insight into them, check out this article from a fencing company in Springfield, USA. It will show you how it’s done and, reassuringly, how achievable it is.

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