You may never know about big problems with your fencing project ideas until you call an experienced fence contractor. A fence contractor would come and see the area, inspect the soil type, and will tell you exactly which fence type, or what style of installation etc is needed for you. Hence you must not plan the project or visualize things unless you have an expert contractor to help you with understanding of the fence type as per the soil type. Every soil type will have a bunch of suitable fence types for this, and you must understand this clearly to proceed with your plans.
Why soil type is important for fencing?
The two main things affected by the soil type are:
The overall installation difficulty level, the effort the fence contractor puts in the installation and the overall stability of the fence in future will be governed by the soil type. Hence the fence contractors actually take much interest in the soil type before they begin with the project.
Sandy soil fencing
Fences stand well on sandy soil, provided the fence contractor digs pretty deep and big a hole. It however depends on the sand type, and how fine or coarse the soil is. If the soil is dry and coarse, then the pit should be deeper and big, otherwise a smaller and shallower pit will do. Fences in such soils are not much of a problem unless the soil has good amount of loam. The combination of sand and loam is not great for fencing, however fully loamy soil is good again.
Loamy soil fencing
With loamy soil, the fence contractor would like to make standard holes for the fence posts. The work of the contractor actually gets easier when the soil is loamy and therefore soft. Hence, you would find the contractor happy to work in such soil conditions.
Clay soil fencing
The fence contractor will take time to work on clay soil. The sticky and dense texture of clay soil makes fencing a project of high difficulty level, but certainly possible when you have the hands of a good fence contractor in it.
Once fence is installed on clay soil, you will have to see if the soil gets too dry or not. If the soil gets too dry, clay will shrink, resulting in widening of the holes of the fence posts. Thus the fence posts may come off or may incline at a side. To avoid this, wetting the soil in dry season is recommended, and even your fence contractor will tell you how to read the signs of soil dryness and guard your fences accordingly.
Fencing on Mixed soil with silt, chalk and gravel
Coarser soil types having gravel, silt and chalk mixes etc, are great for holding the fence with full strength. Though the work of the fence contractor gets tougher with the digging and installation in this kind of soil, the overall strength of the built fence is great.
A Fence Contractor Will Guide You through Selection Of Functional Or Ornamental Fences
The Best Way to Set Fence in the Ground?