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How deep do I need to dig my Fence Post?

How deep do I need to dig my Fence Post

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 our expert team are always happy to assist instore at one of your Lawsons branches.  However, there may be times where you might not be able to come instore and that’s 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. 


The 2 ft Rule 

Lawsons experts recommend you should dig a hole which has a depth of 2 ft (24 in / 600mm) to ensure you have a stable timber or concrete fence post.  


Height Matters

Following our 2 ft (24 in / 600mm) rule recommendation for any fence post hole in the ground, you need to ensure you measure the overall height of your fence. 

Here’s a simple 4-step guide to help you measure your fencing and choose the correct fence post:

  1. Measure the height of your fence panel 
  2. Measure your gravel board height 

For any fencing project, Lawsons highly recommend that you include a gravel board, which comes in either a timber or concrete option, because it will increase the durability of your fence panels and will save you money in the long run. Moreover, gravel boards add height and give your fence panel a cleaner and neater finish.   

  1. Adding Trellis to enhance the look of your fencing? Make sure you measure the height of the Trellis too
  2. Add the fence panel height, gravel board and trellis (if using) with our recommended 2 ft depth to calculate the fence post you need. 

Lawsons Fence Post Size Recommendation:

If you still need further assistance on finding the right fence post size, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you find the right Lawsons fence post you need. 

The table below reflects standard panel, gravel board and post sizes sold here at Lawsons:    

Post Matrix

Download our Fence Post guide here.

Download our Fence Installation guide here