Guide to Installing a Fence | AMS News

A guide to installing a fence with Avon Material Supplies

We’re all spending a lot of time out in our gardens at the moment, and if you’re sat there looking at your slightly rundown fence panels that could really do with some TLC, take this as your sign to get the job done. It will be worth it and you’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment once your new fence panels are installed.

In this article, we wanted to share our quick guide to installing a fence, including everything you need from aggregates to tools and what services from AMS you may want to take advantage of.

What you’ll need:


  • Concrete for your posts
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Shovel for digging
  • Trowel
  • A spirit level
  • Gravel
  • Fence posts
  • Fence panels

Nice to have

Preparation is key

First, you want to clear the area, this will involve removing the old fence panels and posts and removing any garden waste and debris such as shrubs and weeds from the area. You may want to consider hiring a skip for this part so that waste can be collected once you’ve finished.

At AMS, we offer competitively priced Dorset skip hire in various sizes depending on how much waste you have. We offer 4, 6, 8 and 12-yard skips so speak to our team about which size would be best, or hire online here. Alternatively, you may want a small skip bag for the lighter green waste.

Top tip: By segregating your waste into mixed and green you will save yourself money in the long run!

Next, you want to measure out the area and work out how many panels and posts you will need. You need to ensure that posts are 2ft taller than your panels so that you have a good foundation for the fence.

Prepare and order everything you will need to get the job done, make sure you order enough of the essentials listed above and pick a day when you have plenty of time to dedicate to it.

At AMS, we can provide the concrete for any job regardless of the project size and our concrete team will be able to advise the best type of concrete for the fencing job.

Our Dorset concrete service allows you to either pick up the concrete from our batching plant at Canford Recycling Centre or we can deliver it directly to your home when you need it. View concrete options here.

Measure twice, dig once

Now you know your measurements, you can mark this out and start digging the holes for your posts. It’s useful to remember to mark the 2ft point in your post so you can keep checking if you have dug further enough.

Once you have dug all the holes, fill the bottom of the holes with a small amount of gravel to act as a ballast for your concrete. You can purchase this type of aggregate from the AMS website here.


When you have the concrete to hand, you can install the posts, this part is a two-person job to ensure everything is level when you pour the concrete (this is when you will want to use your spirit level), or you will need to use stabilising posts.

Once the posts are in place, you can pour your concrete into the hole and repeat the process for every post.

We’d recommend using a trowel to smooth the concrete surface downwards so that any water will drain away from the fence posts.

Now it’s time to wait for your concrete to dry, this time will vary depending on your conditions (time of year, concrete mix etc).

Now you can install your fence posts, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for this as fence panels can vary.

Finishing touches

Now you have your brand new fence panels installed, you may want to consider the finishing touches…

Paint or stain the fence panels

Whether you are doing this purely for aesthetic purposes or to ensure your fence lasts the test of time, staining your panels is an important step and will help to resist the effects of damage from sun, wind, rain and wildlife.

Create a flower bed in front of your new fence

It’s all well and good having lovely fences, but if the rest of your garden doesn’t match, it may be a little disheartening, so get green-fingered and spruce up your flowerbeds whilst you’re there.

You’ll want to pick up some topsoil for this job, which you can buy online in bulk bags from AMS. Have a read of our garden renovation blog on ‘uses for our topsoil’.

Lay some new turf

This can really bring your garden to life and doesn’t take too much hard grafting to see a big difference. When laying new turf, you will want to grab some sharp sand and topsoil, both of which can be purchased from AMS. Read our article on laying topsoil for all our top tips here.

Contact AMS today

From aggregates to Dorset skips and other waste management solutions, AMS has a range of products that will be essential for your garden renovation.

Hopefully, this article has inspired you to get your outdoor space sorted this summer, there’s no better time to do it!

If you would like any advice, give us a call on 01202 579579 or contact us via our form here.

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