Create Privacy and Define Your Outdoor Living Space

Arbors, trellises and living fences are organic, beautiful ways to define outdoor living spaces, as well as create visual interest. Combined with natural plants, these defining elements create and support ecological diversity by serving as habitats for insects, birds and other small animals. On sloped properties, these structures and their plants can also help immensely with erosion control. 

While there are many building materials that arbors, trellises and fence framework can be made from, Western Red Cedar is an especially popular, as well as eco-friendly, choice. Naturally resistant to rot and decay, Western Red Cedar requires no additional treatment to preserve the wood, so there is no need to worry about chemicals seeping into the surrounding soil. Sourced from renewable resources, it is also lightweight and easy to work with, as well as completely recyclable at the end of its useful life.

In addition to defining an outdoor space, a living fence can also add privacy, as well as wind block. In these photos, our customer used our clear Western Red Cedar 2×2″s to create a grid work for ivy to grown on. While it will take a little bit to get this privacy fence covered in ivy, it is an exceptionally pretty structure to look at in the meantime.

Clear Western Red Cedar 2x2" are used as framework for a eco-friendly living fence
Living privacy fence made from naturally rot resistant Western Red Cedar frame work

In this photo, a large backyard is defined into a cozy outdoor living space with a network of Western Red Cedar arbors and tumbling evergreen clematis and wisteria vines, string lighting, and horizontally installed fencing.

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Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing

One of the oldest types of fencing, split railing fencing made from high quality Western Red Cedar is a popular and economical choice for defining property lines and other outdoor spaces, as well as adding rustic beauty to the landscape.  Due to Western Red Cedar’s natural properties that resist rot and decay, as well as insect attack, Western Red Cedar split rail fences will last for many years with no maintenance.

Our Western Red Cedar split rail posts and rails are all individually split, peeled and formed to expose the cedar’s natural color and grain.  Our split rail posts are pre-drilled for use as an end, corner or line with either two or three holes to accommodate the rails.  Two rail posts will yield a fence with a finished height of approximately three feet, while the three rail post system provides a finished fence height of approximately four feet.

Split rail fencing end posts are drilled halfway through and are used as starting and stopping points in the fence.  Line posts are drilled all the way through to support rails on either side, while corner posts are drilled halfway through on adjoining sides to create right angles.

Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fence

Cedar split rails can be used in conjunction with either the two rail or three rail system and have a tenon on each end to slide into the split rail post.

Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fence tenon end

If needed, in addition to “standard” sized rails, we offer Jumbo rails that are more heavy duty and average 12”+ in circumference.  Jumbo cedar split rails are available in 10’ lengths.  The standard cedar split rails are generally about 10” in circumference and are available in 8’ or 10′ lengths.

Two hole split rail western red cedar fence

Out of all fencing types, Western Red Cedar split rail fencing is one of the easiest to install, making it a good project for homeowners.  Once the posts have been set, the ends of the rails slip easily in place.

How to install Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing

  1. Practice due diligence to ensure where you are planning to place your Western Red Cedar split rail fence is on your property and does not interfere with boundaries, under ground utilities or your neighbor’s property

 

  1. Contact your local building department to discuss your local building codes and permitting requirements for your proposed new fence

 

  1. Since the rails are pre-cut, layout the fence with those lengths in mind. However, since it is likely to not layout perfectly, consider either shortening the overall length of your fence or shortening the fence rails to create shorter sections at each end by cutting the rails and trimming the ends to fit into the pre-drilled holes on the post.

 

  1. Stake out your fence line and determine where each post will be placed by using the same measurement as your rails. The center of the post will be placed either 8’ or 10’ apart based on the length of rail you have chosen.

 

  1. Layout the posts and rails along your line to ensure a correct fit before you begin digging holes. Adjust as necessary.  This can save time later on.  And a lot of digging.

 

  1. We suggest using a post hole digger to ensure that you are able to secure each Western Red Cedar split rail post into the ground securely. When digging your holes, plan for a clearance of at least six inches from the ground to the lowest rail.  Adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of each hole can help with drainage, especially in wet climates.

 

  1. Place your end and/or corner posts first, ensuring they are plumb and straight, then back fill. Next connect each post with a string line.  This will help your fence stay straight as you dig holes and place your other cedar split rail posts along the line.

 

  1. Staying along your string line, dig holes for each cedar split rail post, set each post and insert the split rails into each post, while checking each post for plumb and alignment.  Then, fill each hole with soil and tamp firmly.

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www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

360.757.6343