Asked on Feb 09, 2020

How do you build fences without digging holes for posts?

by Janet

i have very rocky Soil making digging fence hole nearly impossible. Any suggestions on how to erect a fence without drilling through rock for the posts? I don’t have lots of $$$ for supplies or to pay someone.

  19 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 09, 2020

    You can use metal fence posts that you use a sledgehammer to pound into the ground.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 09, 2020

    Hello, that is frustrating and unfortunate situation. Mostly one sees using he motorized augers used to place the support poles. I am not aware of any hack to establishing the support posts without burying them for traditional fencing. Sometimes brick and metal fencing are combined. This like would be very costly. I hope you find a solution that works for your soil conditions.

  • This is what I used.

    I got mine at Home Depot, along with my 4x4 fence posts.

    Made things a lot easier. I placed a decent piece of scrap wood over the top as I pounded them in so they wouldn't get misshapen

    Good luck!

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 09, 2020

    A post spike is made of heavy metal and is about 24 to 30 inches long so that it can get a good grip in the ground. The metal box that is attached at the top holds the base of the wood fence post. The metal spike is driven into the ground with a sledgehammer. It provides an inexpensive and convenient way to erect a fence in a short amount of time. This also keeps the wood safe from rotting due to water seeping into the ground, so just make sure the top of the metal spike is above the ground level.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Feb 09, 2020

    Hi Janet, yes digging post holes is a killer. Hope this idea helps you with your fence.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Feb 11, 2020

    You could make the fence free standing and put braces on the walls that rest on the floor to hold it up like a A frame type thing.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 12, 2020


    Had you thought to build Piers of rock and add "eye" fixings to each one and secure your fence panels to them...............Hope that's of some help.

  • Kelley K Miller Kelley K Miller on Apr 21, 2020

    I’m curious. What did you decide on? I’m in the same situation

  • Con Geo Con Geo on May 25, 2020

    I was wondering the same thing. I need to contain my small dogs, so I thought about building a series of "raised garden beds" with a higher back (about 4 foot high) and then bolting them together to make a large square where they can run about without a leash. I was going to attach rebar and drive those into the ground to anchor it. Think it would work?

  • Tammy Hoherz Tammy Hoherz on Jul 08, 2020

    I live in Eastern Oregon where the bedrock is basically the surface Rock and in this country where you cannot drive a Tpost they make rock jacks to serve as corner posts.

    We can't drive-in post with heavy equipment so this is what you have to do.

    And I'll be it this is for thousands of acres in a pasture but I have the same problem with my yard.

    If you're looking to keep in dogs then chain link fence in like a dog kennel that's freestanding might work though that is expensive.

    If you can drive a metal T post in a few inches a rock Jack on each corner can still stabilize it pretty well.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 16, 2021

    Hi, fill large buckets or planters with concrete and plant your posts inside. To hide/disguise the gap between the concrete planter supports, used cedar planks or even a low-growing hedge.

  • Not sure if it would suit your needs or if you have the room, but a zig zag split rail fence doesn't generally have posts.

  • Look into a 'no-dig' fence. They are installed with spikes in the ground.

  • Annie Annie on Jun 20, 2021

    You could use pre-cast piers and build up from there. If you google it, you will see what they look like.

  • I've seen no-dig fence ideas here on Hometalk so try a search using the search bar at the top left. You can also rent the drilling equipment if that's an option. It's powered and since you're renting it, the cost is a lot less.