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How to Put in a Garden Post

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Before putting in a garden post, you should consider the type of post required. Wooden posts are most common, although concrete versions suit heavy duty needs. Installing your post correctly will ensure it remains vertical in its position.

Step 1

Items Needed

Items Needed

Assemble all the items needed for the job.

Step 2

Dig Hole for Post

Dig Hole for Post

Using a shovel and a crow bar, dig a hole to a depth of 50cm and with a diameter of about 30cm. The width required may vary depending on the size of the post. As a general rule, ensure that there will be enough room around the post to fill around it with the hardcore.

Step 3

Fill Around Post with Hardcore

Fill Around Post with Hardcore

Pour hardcore into the hole, around where the base of the post will be. It should be filled up to a depth of about 10cm. Pack the hardcore in to ensure the post will be well secured in the ground.

Step 4

Position Post

Position Post

Position the post into the centre of the hole.

Step 5

Fill in with Post Mix

Fill in with Post Mix

Fill in the remaining space left in the hole with a suitable post mix product. Make sure you pat the mix down firmly around the post.

Step 6

Add Water

Add Water

Using the watering can, add water to the post mix, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The post mix will dry rapidly and begin to secure the post in place as soon as it gets wet.

Step 7

Check Post is Vertical

Check Post is Vertical

Working quickly, use a spirit level to ensure the post is exactly vertical, then secure it in place with levelling battens.

Step 8

Replace Turf

Replace Turf

When dry, remove the levelling battens and replace the turf sod that was cut away at the start, pressing into place with your feet. Congratulations, you have now successfully installed in your new garden post! Wait for a day or two until your post is fully secure before use