Should You Move Plants Before Installing a New Colorbond Fence?

If you've had your current fence for a few years, then you may have a few plants and shrubs growing close to and around it. You may worry what will happen when your current fence comes down and your new Colorbond fencing goes up.

Your fence installers need to stand close to the fence to get it out and put the new one in. They may need to dig around your plants. Even if they are careful, they could cause some damage.

What's the best way to protect your plants before the fence is installed?

Identify Work Areas

Some fence installations can wreck entire flowerbeds. For example, if your installers need to dig a trench to put in your new fence, then every plant along the fence line could be affected.

You're a bit luckier with a Colorbond fence. These fences are constructed with a post, rail and sheet system. The main structure of the fence is based on a row of vertical posts; these may have horizontal rails added to them for extra stability. Then, the Colorbond sheets slot into the posts and rails.

The only holes your installers need to dig and work around are the ones that will hold the fence posts. These holes are spaced evenly along the line of the fence. The plants in these areas are most likely to be affected during the installation; others may be perfectly fine. If you can find out where the holes will go, you can focus on the plants in those areas.

Decide Which Plants You Don't Want to Lose

Some plants will grow back even if someone accidentally steps on them or shifts their soil. Others may not survive a tradie's boot. If you have fragile plants around your fence line that you are really fond of and don't want to lose, then the safest thing to do is to move them. Dig them up, transplant them into a holding pot or plant tray and put them out of harm's way. You can then replant them after the fence is up.

Ask Your Fence Installer For Advice

Your fence installer can help you decide if you need to move plants or not. They can also try to avoid harming any plants that you can't transplant but are fond of. You will need to tell them which plants to watch out for before they start work on the fence, however.