Need help   01727 226666

Find a Branch

Lawsons are the largest independent timber, building & fencing merchants in London and the South East of England. Established in 1921 Lawsons now have a number of branches offering the complete range of building materials.

Find Your Nearest Branch

Lawsons Trade Card

Blog - Fencing


How to install a gate
Apr 1st, 2020

How to install a gate

Installing a garden gate into a fence can instantly enhance the appearance of your homes garden. Whatever the reason for your wooden gate installation, you need to ensure your gate functions smoothly (opens and shuts without a glitch), therefore it’s important you install your gate accurately. Read our step by step installation guide and have your wooden gate installed in no time.

How deep do I need to dig my Fence Post?
Mar 19th, 2020

How deep do I need to dig my Fence Post?

How deep should I install my fence post into the ground? A common question which we get asked all the time and why we’ve teamed up with our experts to give you advice on the matter. Read this article on how deep you need to dig your fence post to ensure longevity and durability of your fencing and what post you should purchase for your fencing project.

How to install a fence?
Mar 5th, 2020

How to install a fence?

Fencing your garden has become a popular option for those looking to enjoy their outdoor living space privately and can also enhance the aesthetics of your contemporary garden. However, installing a wooden fence can be quite a challenging task, so why not read our fence installation guide and enjoy your all-new garden fence.

When is the best time of the year to install a new fence?
Feb 26th, 2020

When is the best time of the year to install a new fence?

It’s important to consider when is the best time of the year to install a new fence, because planning ahead ‘when’ you begin will make your fencing easier. Continue reading our blog to find out peak times and not so peak times to carry out a fencing task.

Understanding Fencing Terms
Feb 12th, 2020

Understanding Fencing Terms

We understand putting up a fence is no easy task. What’s more is if you’re putting up a fence for the first time, you might want to get familiar with the technical fencing terms before purchasing. If you’ve decided to begin a fencing project then read our handy fencing guide to aid you.

Garden Trends for 2020
Feb 5th, 2020

Garden Trends for 2020

Over the last decade we have seen gardening rise in popularity, with many homeowners taking a great degree of interest in improving their backyard for a more enjoyable and comfortable home living space. Whether you’re looking to renovate your garden or complete those gardening jobs you planned years ago, read our blog to explore what we expect will be hot for gardens trends this year..

5 Top Tips to Prepare Your Garden Fence for Winter
Nov 06, 2019

5 Top Tips to Prepare Your Garden Fence for Winter

Autumn is well underway; darkness is drawing in sooner and the weather is getting colder. Leaves are falling and although the colours might be beautiful, some DIY is in order. Without adequate preparation, the harsher weather conditions that start making an appearance as we transition into winter will wreak havoc on various aspects of your garden, such as your wooden fence.

How Can I Make my Fence Stronger?
Aug 14, 2019

Stronger Fence

Maintaining your garden fence is extremely important. For starters, it is your main line of outdoor security against potential intruders. Your fence can also offer great protection against the effects of the weather as well as being an aesthetically pleasing garden feature.

Why Treating Fence Panels is so Important
Jul 17, 2019

Why Treating Fence Panels is so Important

Summer is the perfect time of year to get outside and give your garden some TLC. Treating your fence panels should be one of the chores on your list of things to do; your fence needs just as much care and attention as anything else in the garden, especially if you want it to last for a long time. If you look after your fence now, you’ll save money in the future that would have otherwise gone on repairs and replacement.

What Fencing Accessories do I Need?
Apr 03, 2019

What Fencing Accessories do I Need?

Fencing accessories are an essential part of any fence building project or repair. When bad weather causes damage to your fence panels or posts, it is important to repair them as soon as possible to prevent the damage from affecting the rest of the fence…

3 Ways a Decorative Fence Can Enhance a Garden
Mar 07, 2019

3 Ways a Decorative Fence Can Enhance a Garden

Decorative fencing is not only a great way to add some security and privacy, but it can also improve the aesthetics of your garden and help to create an attractive landscape design. There are many types of decorative fencing styles available in a variety of sizes, so you will be sure to find a type of decorative garden fencing to suit your home. To help you choose we take a look at three of our top selling fencing styles and explain how each one can enhance your garden…

Our Basic Tips for Installing Trellis
Jan 24, 2019

Our Basic Tips for Installing Trellis

Trellis has a variety of applications in a garden. It can hide unattractive areas, like a compost heap; provide support for climbing plants; add height to an prevailing fence; or act as a partition between yours and your neighbour’s gardens. Depending on its purpose, there are different ways to install trellis and the process is fairly simple, even if you’re a novice.

Why should I choose picket fencing for my front garden?
Dec 03, 2018

Why should I choose picket fencing for my front garden?

When you hear the term white picket fence it can conjure up thoughts and images of an all American family from the 50’s living in a big house with 2.5 children and a dog. Picket fences are however still standing strong and today they are still one of the most popular options for fencing a front garden

Do you need your neighbour’s permission to replace a fence?
Nov 27, 2018

Do you need your neighbour’s permission to replace a fence?

One of the first questions you may have when you’re thinking of replacing a fence is whether or not to speak to your neighbours first? It is always courteous to let your neighbours know of any work you plan to carry out in your garden, especially if that work involves a sudden gap in the fence!

Top 5 Benefits of a Garden Fence
Jul 18, 2018

Top 5 Benefits of a Garden Fence

Fences are usually installed with a particular purpose in mind, but actually have many uses and benefits. We wanted to share what we think the top five benefits of fencing are, to give you a guide when choosing and to really highlight what a great investment it can be.

Garden Fence and Gate Ideas
Jul 5, 2018

Garden Fence and Gate Ideas

With so many varieties of garden gates and fence panels, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your home. Not only are gates and fencing used to secure a space or mark boundaries, but they are also an important feature for framing your garden. To help inspire you, we have put together a few of our favourite garden gate and fencing styles

How Are Fences Treated?
May 5, 2018

How to Treat Fences

Timber has been used outdoors for millennia – it’s an eco-friendly, durable, and versatile material that can be used for everything from decking, fencing, and sleepers through to general furniture and garden accessories.

Choosing the Right Agricultural Fencing
Oct 4, 2017

Fence Panels

Agricultural fencing is found throughout the UK, to keep animals in their designated fields or keep humans from walking through fields and crops. The type that you require depends on your type of livestock and security concerns, so it’s important to choose the right type of fencing to avoid losing animals.

How to Install Fence Posts
Jul 11, 2017

Summer Fence Refresh

One of the most challenging parts of installing a new fence is digging in the fence posts – most new DIYers underestimate just how deep fence their posts should go, and often buy much shorter posts than they actually need. Posts are an integral part of your fence’s structure – without proper installation, your fence will be unstable, will deteriorate faster, or even just fall over.

What are the Benefits of Trellis Fencing?
June 15, 2017

Summer Fence Refresh

More often than not, homeowners consider their gardens to be a place of peace and sanctuary, particularly as the warmer weather approaches and the clocks jump forward, making it lighter for longer. It won’t be long before we’re spending our evenings out in the garden, entertaining guests or simply relaxing. In fact, it is for this reason that this time of year has become a popular season for sprucing up our gardens, making our homes look just as beautiful on the outside as they do on the inside.

4 Top Tips for Refreshing Your Fence This Summer
June 01, 2017

Summer Fence Refresh

During the winter months, it is likely that your garden has been subject to the fury of Mother Nature. Your lovely wooden fence may be looking a bit worse for wear, but completely replacing it will be costly and inconvenient. That’s why we have put together some tips to help ensure your fence looks great again - without the need for a new one - just in time for the sunshine.

How to Take Down an Old Fence
May 25, 2017

Old Fence

Before you add a fresh new fence to your home, you’ll need to remove the existing fencing. Even the most dilapidated fence takes some effort to remove, so it’s important that you put time aside to do this and have everything to need to do the job properly.

Dog Proofing Your Garden Fence
May 05, 2017

Garden Fence

Letting your dog play or roam in the garden is an excellent way to let them burn off some energy in between walks or go to the toilet, but it’s important that your garden is safe and secure. The risk of your pet running into the road or simply getting lost is too great to ignore the importance of good fencing. Here are a few tips to ensure that your fence and garden boundaries are up to the job.

How to Protect Your Fence from Rotting
Mar 03, 2017

Fence Rot Protection

Wet rot is extremely common in the UK thanks to our world-famous climate, which means that gardening enthusiasts and DIYers here need to work a little harder to prevent rot in their fences. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that your fence lasts longer and looks great.

How to Straighten a Leaning Fence Post
Feb 17, 2017

Leaning Fence Posts

A leaning fence post can cause serious damage to your entire fence if left unchecked. It could be caused by rotten or broken posts, shallow posts, or just weather damage.

How to Mend a Storm Damaged Fence
Feb 10, 2017

Damaged Fence

It is not uncommon for severe stormy weather to cause a great deal of damage to your property. Don’t be surprised if you are faced with several repair jobs during the colder, winter months when the wind and rain strikes your garden. Fallen trees and broken fences are frustrating and problematic, but there are measures you can take to deal with storm damage.

How to Paint Your Fence
Feb 03, 2017

Fence Painting

For many people, having the perfect garden is just as important as making the interior look great. An easy way to welcome a new lease of life into your garden is to tidy up your fence with a touch of paint. It's a fairly uncomplicated task, no matter your level of DIY training.

How to Choose the Right Fencing for your Garden
May 20, 2016

Garden Fencing

Deciding which sort of fencing is the best for your property isn’t an overnight task! Getting it right lies in a number of different areas. Much will depend on not only your garden but also the area in which you live.

Fencing and the Law - Know Your Rights Before Choosing New Fencing
Apr 28, 2016


Boundary disputes are unfortunately extremely common in the UK. Disagreements arise regularly and for all sorts of reasons. There may be a dispute over where the boundary actually lies or there may be disagreement over who is responsible for maintenance or repairs of any existing fences or hedges.

Fencing Ideas for Your Garden
Feb 25, 2016

Garden Fencing Ideas

Fencing isn’t typically the focal point of a garden – it’s there to provide privacy and security for you and your family – but the right fencing can complement your landscaping work and even provide structure for plants to grow on.

How to install a Garden Fence Using Fence Panels
Jun 17, 2015

Fence Panels

Now is the time to get out in the garden and start those repairs and improvements you have been putting off, don’t delay any longer – enjoy the challenge.

© Copyright 2020 Lawsons (Whetstone) Ltd. All Rights Reserved - VAT No. 726 4860 18 - Registered in England No. 02790259
Registered Office Tyttenhanger Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Health, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PG

Lawsons Facebook Lawsons Twitter Lawsons LinkedIn Instagram Lawsons YouTube

Payments by