Backyard Makeover


I had some questionable bushes boardering my backyard. They kept my 9lb dog in, but the neighborhood dogs easily found their way through the bushes.
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I removed the bushes including the roots.
The bushes were dead inside and a leaf trap.
The bushes were dead inside and a leaf trap.
There were a total of 10 shrubs each over 6 feet tall.
Cleaned up the ground and leveled it out
Cleaned up the ground and leveled it out
I leveled up the foundation for our fence.
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Adding the posts was difficult because our property is very rocky and our posts were 4 feet deep.
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Once posts were set, we were ready for some rails. We made a spacer to ensure each post measured exactly and patterned the posts.
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Now we have a nice clean fence that I don't have to trim regularly.
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Lastly I leveled off the grass side and planted grass to the fence line.
backyard makeover, landscape, woodworking projects

Suggested materials:

  • Weatherproof screws, pressure treated 4x4's, 2x2's, 2x4's and 2x6's  (The lumber yard)

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  • Dl.5660408
    on Sep 9, 2016

    Really like the fence! Was there a special reason why you needed to sink the posts 4 ft deep?

    • Tialisa
      on Jan 5, 2019

      Yes the neighbors dog was very old and round. It couldn't jump on the stone wall or fit between the rails.

  • Peggy Libby Sokol
    on Sep 10, 2016

    You didn't have to pour cement into the holes for the posts?

    • Damon
      on Mar 15, 2018

      As a fencer I always concrete the posts. We mix the cement in the hole and ground moisture assures that they wont dry out. We add water first and then cement in layers and mix with a steel bar.


  • Pata
    on Oct 24, 2016

    How did you remove the bushes and roots? We also have a hedge fence we would like to remove but not sure how to go about it. I suggested roping a chain around the bottom of the bush and use the riding lawn mower to pull it out. My husband does not think it would work.

    • Tialisa
      on Oct 25, 2016

      The roots weren't that deep or thick and they didn't hinder the fence's path so what I couldn't lift with a crowbar and cut I just buried.

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  • Great job!!!

  • Rita Grissom
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Yes have been looking for an ideal fence to put around my yard to seperate my yard from the nieghbors they keep knocking our land markers down. Your fence looks like the perfect solution but would like to have it taller to block there dog from seeing us all he does is bark. An to keep my dog in an other ppls out

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