Ploughing for posts and pavers

The first step: Throwing some dirt around.

We established that we need to install a knee fence to protect the future rain garden landscape in our parkway. We also concluded that we needed a paved strip along the curb to have enough room for passengers to exit their cars parked on the street.

To execute these objectives, we started excavating for the paver strip to accommodate the pavers and an aggregate base below them. We also started digging the holes for the 32 inch fence posts, deep and wide enough so that one third of the fence post can be anchored in the ground with a concrete footing.

Because a metal fence may not have the desired life span, we opted for a pressure treated lumber construction. That in turn determined the distance between the fence posts, which should not exceed eight feet and preferably be six feet or shorter. These dimensions should assure that the fence rails made of two by fours will be sound enough to hold the weight of a couple of people sitting on the fence – just in case.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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