Expert advice on garden arbors, fences, trellises and gates, with materials buying guides and illustrated DIY installation tips.

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Fences, gates, and walls can secure your yard, provide privacy, and visually define and beautify your home’s outdoor areas.

Many choices of materials and styles are available for building fences, gates, and walls. Some are manageable projects for experienced do-it-yourselfers; others are best left to professional masons, metalworkers, or installers.

This section of HomeTips will help you determine the best fencing, gates, and walls for your yard and give you information on installation and care.


• Fences, Gates, Trellises & Arbors Buying Guide

• How to Build a Trellis, Arbor, or Pergola

Featured Resource: Get a Pre-Screened Wood Fence or Gate Installation Pro

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About Don Vandervort
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” served as MSN’s home expert for several years, and is featured as Yelp's home improvement expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort