An ornamental fence installed around your property is a great way to provide safety and security to your children and pets without giving up a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. And when you live in a rural area where deer and other wildlife would like to feast on your vegetable garden, a metal security fence is a great option for adding to your property's use and value. Here are some recommendations for you to implement as you install your own ornamental fence around your backyard property.

Call Before You Dig

One of the first things you should always consider before digging into your yard is the location of any buried power or gas lines. Call your local 811 service at least three days before you plan to start digging post holes for your new fence.

This type of service will ask all local utility companies, such as gas, internet, cable, and electricity, to visit your property and mark out the location of their underground lines. Then you can avoid the issue of accidentally cutting into a gas line or an internet line and putting yourself in danger and a loss of service. You can also contact your local gas, propane, or electrical company to ask them for the same type of free service on your property.

Measure Each Fence Line Lengths

Once you have the green light to begin marking out your ornamental fence line and where each corner post, end post, and middle post will go, get your stakes and string ready. Measure the length between each corner post so you can determine how many fence panels you will need to install.

Calculate how many fence panels will fit within each length and whether you will need to fit a shorter panel into the fence. With an ornamental metal fence, talk to your fence manufacturer about ordering the right number of fence panels and any shorter-length panels so you can fit them into your planned fence line.

Set Posts at the Appropriate Height

Another important idea to think about is how tall your ornamental fence panels will be and how deeply you will need to install the posts to accommodate the panels. For example, you will want to leave approximately two inches of space beneath the panels so you can mow and edge the lawn and remove any weed growth there. For this reason, calculate how deep you can bury each metal fence post and how much needs to extend above the ground. When you dig the fence posts, measure each one to the correct depth before you install and set them with concrete.