Whether you want to shield your yard, establish safe borders, contribute to a garden style, or feel like you're a world away, a fence can be an asset in your outdoor spaces. It's helpful to understand the elements that go into building a fence and recognize its multiple functions, such as curb appeal, protection from the elements, and privacy. Building your own fence can be a good do-it-yourself project, but you do have to know some basics, including material hardiness, design principles, and building code restrictions; we've gathered them all to help you build your ideal design. For a more complex project, you can create stone-and-rail fencing with these directions. Nearly every fence needs a gate; you can build your own with our basic tips, or let our 12 examples of charming gates be inspiration for you or your contractor. Review these attractive arbor-and-fence combinations for a style that's suited to your yard. If your fence is in need of repair, here's how to fix damaged areas.
Fence Installation and Planning
How to Build a Living Fence
Create an eye-catching espalier in your yard with these expert tips.
Improve your home’s security, curb appeal, and privacy with the right type of fence.
12 Stylish Garden Gates
A garden gate is a visual welcome to your home and garden. See a dozen stylish options.
Basics of Gate Building
Build a custom gate for your yard and garden with these easy tips.
Pair an arbor with a fence to create a gorgeous way to highlight plantings while creating privacy.
Basics of Fence Building
Building a fence is easier than you think. With these simple steps, you can build it yourself.
The ever-classic picket fence and gate can enhance any style of home and garden.
Create a secluded retreat with these ideas for fences, landscaping, and more.
DIY Fence Planter
Boost garden space with a charming DIY planter for your fence.
Decorative Fence Ideas
Add charm to your outdoor rooms with a decorative fence design.
Fence with Lattice
A fence with lattice is a pretty and practical way to boost curb appeal.
DIY Quail Fence
Learn how to build a quail fence with these how-to instructions.
Picket Fencing Calculator
Use this tool to estimate the materials you'll need to build a picket fence in your yard.
Trellis and Fence Combinations
Browse trellis and fence plans to add privacy to your backyard.