When you decide you need a fence on your property, this could be a great do-it-yourself fencing project. Your ability to do the job will ultimately depend on the size of the fence, the landscape of your property, and your tools. The most important part of any fence installation is the stability of the posts. If you don’t want your fence to be easily compromised or knocked down by the elements, you must follow simple digging rules.

First measure and mark off the spots where you will place your posts. To keep your fence standing for years to come, you have to dig deep enough. It will need to be able to withstand years of wear and abuse, as well as be secured into softer soil. There is also a level of soil that is susceptible to freezing in certain regions. This will be hard to place a post that will remain sturdy and secure in the cold, hardened ground. It will be necessary to dig deeper past this, to a softer and warmer ground levels.

A general rule that many fence builders use is to make sure the hole is one-third the height of the post. For instance, if the fence post is 9 feet tall, you should be digging a hole that is 3 feet deep. This may vary according to the climate of the place where you are digging. The soil in colder in mountainous regions will require you to go deeper beneath ground’s frost levels. In general, when erecting a fence, the deeper the hole is the better.

When choosing which method to use to dig, there are two. The simplest, if not the easiest physically to use, is the post-hole digger. This method is time consuming and requires quite a bit of manual labor. This will especially be tough when the soil is hard or frozen. It’ll take even more work to break through. Another method is to drill into the ground with a machine auger, which will do all the drilling for you. It’s most important to know your soil, and allow that to dictate how you will dig your hole.