Managing The Ups And Downs -- How To Fence In An Uneven Yard

21 March 2016
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Building a fence can be a costly and complicated home project when your yard is even and flat. But when it encompasses hills, grades or slopes, it can seem even more daunting to try to install a fence. The good news is that there are several ways to have a beautiful fence even in the hilliest of yards. Here are three fence solutions for any style. 

Follow the Grade

The first option you have for dealing with uneven ground is to install the fence so that it follows the ups and downs of the ground. This method avoids gaps between the fence bottom and the ground, but results in a fence that isn't even on the top. If you're looking for a clean line or geometric look, this may not have the visual aesthetic you want. Chain link or iron fencing can easily accommodate this design, but you will need to install wood or vinyl fencing in individual units rather than prefabricated sections. For this reason, it may be best to work with a professional fence company for such a custom installation project. 

Keep it Straight

A second alternative is to keep the top of the fence line straight regardless of the uneven ground below. Obviously, this system only works on small slopes or grades. The end result is a clean line and traditional look as well as a time savings by not having to match the changes in the ground. The downside is that you will have gaps between the dirt and the fence's bottom edge. If the fence is largely for aesthetics or to serve as a border, this may not be a problem. However, if you need to keep pets or wildlife on either side of the fence, it may not be sufficient. 

Stepped Installation

Stepped fencing combines the best aspects of both of the above. Fencing sections are placed straight (or relatively straight) where the grade is shallow, then a section is placed lower as needed when the grade becomes steeper or changes elevation more severely.  The final look combines the clean lines of a straight fence with the ability to follow the ground level changes so as to avoid gaps. Since the sections are generally larger, this type of fence can also be built with prefab sections to save time and money. 

By knowing what you want from a fence and what your options are, you can design and install the right style for even the most uneven of terrain.