If you have a fence in your garden its two main enemies are the wind and rot. Both of these will destabilise your fence posts and before you know it your panels will be swaying in the wind or, worse still, falling onto your garden.
I can help you fight the rot by providing an annual fence treatment (panels and posts). I use a treatment called Barretine Premier Wood Preservative which is available in a range of colours to suit both your taste and garden. It is an all-in-one, spirit-based wood preserver for the treatment and prevention of dry rot, fungi, mold and protection against woodworm and is ideal for smooth or rough exterior timber including fences, sheds, decking and more. It is my wood treatment of choice and, when following the recommendation of annual treatment, prolongs the life of a fence.
If, however, your fence posts have rotted at ground level then the only option is to replace them. I will repair a fence post by replacing like for like. The first step is to remove the old post and any residue base/concrete. I then fit the new post, attach the panels and add postcrete at the end as I backfill around the post. The final step is to make good the ground around it…. Hopefully, you’ll never know I’ve been!
It is worth noting that many fence posts tend to be undersized. A 6ft panel ideally needs a 4”x4” post – this makes a big difference in the wind!