If you’ve never done this before, burying a pet’s electric fence may seem like an overwhelming task. You’ll need to dig a deep enough hole for the burial site which will be large enough to accommodate both the wire itself as well as the surrounding soil.
The location should also allow access from above (for ease of maintenance). In addition, there is the matter of removing the wire completely so that no part remains visible. While some people prefer to use scissors to do this job themselves, others would rather not take such liberties with their pets. Fortunately, there are several easy ways around these problems. Below we present our recommendations on how best to bury dog fence wires without having to resort to violence against animals.
- 1. A shovel
- 2. Digging the hole with spade or trowel
- 3. Lay down the ground surface (grass, dirt, sand) so that the buried end of the wire is level.
- 4. Put in the first layer of soil and spread it out evenly over the entire length of the wire.
- 5. Use your hands to pat the earth firmly into place and compact thoroughly.
- 6. Continue layering until you have reached a depth of about 2 feet.
- 7. Cover up all traces of digging by adding topsoil to fill any holes left behind.
- 8. Using a sharp knife cut off one end of each
1. A shovel
The most common tool used for excavating holes for burying dog fence wires is a simple garden shovel. It can easily serve its purpose if you only intend to bury short pieces of dog fences. However, when longer sections are involved then it becomes unwieldy. If you’re planning to bury a long section of fencing yourself, make sure you buy a heavy-duty version suitable for digging ditches. Otherwise, you could get hurt.
2. Digging the hole with spade or trowel
Using a small hand spade or gardening trowel makes things much easier. This allows us to perform what is called “soft excavation” instead of hard core trenching. Soft excavation involves using the blade edge of the spade or trowel to scoop away loose material while keeping the bottom intact.
We recommend doing at least two parallel trenches side-by-side, but you might want to go even deeper depending upon the size of the area you wish to cover. One good way of determining where to start digging is to measure the distance between the nearest post along the perimeter of the yard or property.
Then divide this number by six to determine approximately how many posts you’d require for every foot of space. Next, just begin digging straight lines between those points. Each line represents a separate trench.
3. Lay down the ground surface (grass, dirt, sand) so that the buried end of the wire is level.
One important rule to keep in mind during soft excavation is to always ensure that the buried ends of the wire remain flat on the ground. This ensures minimal disturbance when installing them later. Also, make sure that you don’t accidentally hit the buried wires while working your way across the lawn.
Another option is to temporarily lay down old carpet or other materials under the area being dug up. These work especially well in tight spaces. When everything has been removed, simply replace the carpet or gravel back onto the ground.
4. Put in the first layer of soil and spread it out evenly over the entire length of the wire.
First, remove the existing sod/turf and insert your newly purchased wire directly underneath. Make sure they aren’t exposed anywhere! Once the new wires are laid down, pack soil over the entire area with firm pressure. Do this once per day until the area looks sufficiently filled.
As mentioned earlier, it helps to create uniform layers to avoid hitting the buried wires while moving about. After the final layer of soil is added, smooth it out neatly and leave it overnight. The next morning repeat the process again. Repeat this step three times, waiting a few days inbetween applications to let the previous ones dry. Keep repeating this procedure till the whole area is covered.
5. Use your hands to pat the earth firmly into place and compact thoroughly.
Once the last layer of soil has dried fully, use your hands to patter the surface of the freshly leveled area with equal amounts of force. This compacts the soil further and prevents air pockets forming beneath the turf. Take care to avoid crushing any grass roots. Your goal here isn’t necessarily complete darkness, but rather a consistent leveling effect.
6. Continue layering until you have reached a depth of about 2 feet.
When laying down the second layer, put the wire(s) vertically alongside the previously installed ones. With this arrangement, you won’t run into buried cables unexpectedly and can efficiently continue filling in the rest of the yard. The ideal depth is usually somewhere between 1-2 ft., although you can choose to go slightly higher if needed. At the same time, keep in mind that the uppermost layer needs to be thick enough so that dogs and other wildlife cannot burrow through it. For example, if you live near wooded areas you may want to add additional clay material to help seal off potential tunnels.
7. Cover up all traces of digging by adding topsoil to fill any holes left behind.
In order to conceal any marks made by digging, try covering the area with fresh mulch or shredded leaves. Don’t forget to apply more topsoil after that too.
8. Using a sharp knife cut off one end of each
After the area has been properly prepared, carefully slice open one end of the wire. Remove the insulators and expose the bare metal portion inside. Now gently pull apart the outer coating of insulation sheathing. Cut off excess plastic shielding with scissors.
Finally, sever the remaining insulated cable below the point where the uninsulated portion meets the bare conductor. Be careful not to damage the protective mesh screen underneath. That’s it – now you have successfully buried your dog fence wires! Follow these steps exactly and you shouldn’t encounter any difficulties. Enjoy your newfound peace of mind knowing that your furry friends are safe and sound protected by the magic of electricity. And remember…it doesn’t cost anything to test your DIY skills!
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