Why is split rail fencing always a good idea? The fencing is inexpensive, easy to install, and the ultimate in-yard accents. Let me show you!

What is Split Rail Fencing?

Split rail fencing is one of the most classic fence styles. It consists of evenly spaced, vertical wooden posts with two or three horizontal rails connecting lengthwise throughout. It is also known as post-and-rail fencing.

Split Rail Wooden Fence

Why is split rail fencing always a good idea?

  • Split rail fencing is inexpensive.
  • Easy to install
  • Post and rail fencing is the ultimate in charming yard accents.

1. Split and Rail Fencing is Inexpensive

Post and rail fencing is really a nominal cost for the impact and accent it can add to your outdoor space.

Split Rail Fence Home Depot

I purchased our split rail fencing directly from the Home Depot, who also delivered it the following day.

UHaul and Bernese Mountain Dog in Driveway
  • The “Unbranded 3 in. x 6 in. x 5 – 1/3ft. Pressure Treated Pine 2 Hole Split Rail Line Posts were $14.48 each.
  • The Unbranded 3 in. x 4 in. x 11 ft. Pressure-Treated Pine Split Fence Rails were $14.57 each.
  • The home delivery cost was $79.00. If you have a truck, however, you can easily avoid the delivery fee. And I later learned that they did fit into my SUV.

For our post and rail fencing, we are keeping it small with 6 rails and 3 posts for a total cost of $224.55 with delivery or $145.55 without delivery.

Bernese Mountain Dog next to wooden post and rail fencing.

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2. Split Rail Fencing is Easy to Install

Split rail fencing is so easy to install and takes no time at all.

What you will need!

Wheelbarrow with tools in the mountains.

Shop Fencing Materials Needed

How to Install 3 Rail Fencing Design in 5 Steps

  1. Layout the split rails and posts as you would like them to be installed.
Split rail fencing layed out on lawn.

2. Dig a hole and temporarily place one post into the hole, double-checking the fencing’s overall alignment.

Split rail fence layed out on lawn.

3. Measure the length of the post and rails and dig the remainder of your holes for the posts into the ground based on these measurements.

Throw all of the dirt into the wheelbarrow so you can fill the holes back up with it later.

Man digging hole designing a fence.

The rails will rest within the holes of the posts with an overhang.

So be sure to take into consideration the excess when measuring out your holes.

Wooden beam in hole.

We dug each of our 3 holes for the split rail posts 28″ deep.

The ground may be uneven. In this case, you want the top of the posts in the ground to be the same height at the top of each hole you dig.

Use a level to be sure the posts are straight.

Man next to split rail fence.

4. Fill the holes back up with the dirt in the wheelbarrow.

*A common mistake is to fill the holes entirely back up with dirt, packing them in from the top.

Be sure that when you fill the holes back up with dirt, you do so slowly, packing in the dirt as you fill them in—packing it from bottom to top, not just from the top. Add gravel or stone and water, too, for a tighter and more secure fit.

You could also use the Sika Polyurethane Fence Post Mix. You can see how we used this fence post mix in the post The Biggest Red Birdhouse and How to Easily Mount It.

5. Simply rest your rustic rail fencing into the holes of your fence posts and enjoy!

How to make a rustic pine split rail fence?

We will let our split rail fencing weather naturally. It will turn an innate gray color, which will blend nicely into the mountain’s landscape.

You could also choose to stain the split rail fencing to match your own home or landscaping.

You may want to purchase end posts for your fence too or let the split rails lie diagonally to the ground, as we did on ours here, creating a rustic split rail fence style.

Gorgeous fall view in the mountains next to split rail fencing with dog and men.

But after we saw the fence with one split rail post leaning downward, we decided to purchase 2 more railings for a more finished yet still rustic look.

That is when I also figured out that the railings would have fit easily into my Subaru Ascent SUV…

Split rail fence

Which do you like better? With one split rail leaning down or two?

So many options:)

split rail fence close up

To secure the two-leaning split rails. simply add a screw between the 2 end pieces.

wooden post and rail fence close up

Be sure to check back this winter to see this post and beam fencing all decorated for the holidays!

Mountain views with split rail fencing and pumpkins in the fall.

Christmas Decorated Fencing

Now, all we need is a little snow!

Snowy season with mountains and covered split rail fencing.

This year, for the holidays, we added a peace sign grapevine wreath with white lights to our split rail fence.

A peace sign is lit up on a fence at night.

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Vermont.

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  1. It looks great and love the two rails leaning on each end. Those pumpkins are so cute, now what for Christmas?

  2. Ann,
    It really looks great. I can’t wait to see how you decorate it for Christmas!

  3. I love the way this looks, Ann! Was it hard to dig the holes? The ground can be so hard!

    1. Thanks, Molly. Not at all, we used a hole digger and Steve did most of it, ha ha!