Provo Wetlands – Split Rail Fencing

Provo City

The city of Provo had a wetland preservation project that included installing a fence around the perimeter. To fit in with the rustic look of the area, the fence installed was a split rail fence. This fence is measured in 10 foot sections, and measured from the center of each post. Instead of setting posts first and building the fence later, this type of fence is build-as-you-go. First, set a post, insert the rails, then set the next post.

The fence length on this project totaled 1200 linear feet. There was access for our handy Dandy Digger tractor, so that helped ease the digging labor. The crews were able to complete the project in about two and half working days. That’s about 500 feet per day!

As a side note, this project was completed in the winter, so the crew had to deal with moving snow and digging in frozen ground. But winter doesn’t deter CFC Fences & Decks. We build fences year round!

Provo City Wetlands Split Rail Fence Government 3-rail (21)

Provo City Wetlands Split Rail Fence Government 3-rail (28)

Cedar Split Rail Fencing

There are a variety of products and styles available for open space ranch-style fencing. One of them is the cedar split rail. This is the most rustic looking of the fences we offer and is very popular where privacy fencing isn’t needed or desired. It’s perfect for containing larger animals and defining a property.  And with the option of adding galvanized steel mesh, smaller animals can be contained as well without blocking your view.

Split Rail Fencing

Split Rail compliments your landscaped area without standing out.

Split Rail Fencing

Adding wire mesh allows you to keep your animals in your yard while still providing a rustic feel.

Like lodge pole or dimensional lumber fencing, it stands out as an attractive option to your property but doesn’t call a lot of attention to itself. We have installed miles of it over the years and it’s fairly easy for a do-it-yourselfer to build it as well.
The look of it harkens back to the open-space western so popular during the frontier days. The spacing on the posts is 10’ wide rather than the typical 8’ wide on other fences like the lodge pole treated pine that we also carry. This actually is an advantage if you have a lot of posts to set. For example, in a 100’ span you would set 10 posts + one terminal (end-of-line) post as opposed to 12 posts + one terminal post. On a large project, that could save you quite a bit of digging!

Split Rail Lumber

Split Rail fencing is rustic, charming and affordable.

Because it is a light weight fence, you don’t need concrete, although you certainly have that option if you don’t want the fence to lean at all as the ground saturates. Typically, the posts are set 24” in the ground and the height ranges from about 3.5’ to 4.5’ depending on whether you get 2- or 3-rails.

We have split rail fencing on display at our location: 543 E 600 S in Provo. Stop by to take a look today!

Cedar Split Rail Fencing

CFC Fences and Decks is the major supplier of Cedar Split rail fencing in Utah, and feature Cedar Split Rail fencing products from Idaho Timber.  It is available in stock and ready to install.


When you sell Idaho Timber cedar, you get the surpassing natural beauty of genuine red cedar. You also get durability without chemical preservatives since red cedar has its own resins, tannins and oils that make it highly resistant to rot, insects, decay fungus and weather.


Unlike other so-called split cedar products which are sawn to “look” split, our product is actually split. Skillful use of modern hydraulic splitting equipment ensures consistent sizing, while preserving the natural split texture that makes this fence so attractive.


Idaho Timber red cedar is an all-natural, biodegradable product, made from America’s renewable resource – wood.

CFC Fences and Decks offers both two rail and three rail fence options, with 10 foot rails for economical coverage.  We stock gates in both heights in two sizes- 3.5 foot wide and 5 foot wide.  Are hardware is heavy duty and options are available for both single and double gate configurations.

Split rail fences are easy to install.  If you can dig a hole, you can build a split rail fence.  Rails are notched to fit in pre-cut slots in the posts, and it is easy to cut and re-notch your rails for shorter sections.

CFC has offered split rail cedar fencing, in stock, for over ten years, and we have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in completing your project.

Come see us today!!

Split Rail Galleries

Clearing Fence Lines

Clearing the fence lines—

Before our crews can come out to begin stringing the string lines as to where the fence will be built, those lines need to be cleared of all encumbrances to provide access for the crews to begin their work.

Such things begin with removal and disposal of an existing fence and concrete footers, if there is one.

Unless other arrangements are made and contracted, it is the responsibility of the owner/customer to ensure the fence lines are cleared at least 18”-24” on both sides of the area where the fence is going to be built.

Many times there are wood piles or storage sheds, trees or old tree stumps, tree branches and shrubs, rocks or other decorative landscaping features that may be in the way of where the fence line has been determined.

This can often be determined simply by walking the line and “eye-balling” the areas to see what if anything noticeable can be moved or taken out of the way so the fence crews can do their work. Just look for anything that will obstruct the bottom rails of the fence from running straight along grade and realize that a crew man will need to actually place himself on both sides of any kind of fence to properly build and secure it its panels and upper rails and top caps.  He will need enough room for himself, tool belt and tools, his nail guns, saws, air hoses, compressor, extension chords etc.  While our crew men are all experienced, English speaking professionals who have extensive experience with all of our Iron, Cedar, TREX® composite fencing, they are not necessarily ballerinas nor contortionists.

It is always a better policy to discuss and work with adjacent neighbors. Some discussion points to be had with neighbors includes discussing our crews having access to the proposed fence line from their side of the property-especially if there is a tool shed or some other immoveable object that won’t allow working from one side or the other to build the fence.  Work out arrangements for pets and kids to be secured during the time that any existing fence will be down before the new fence is completely installed.

At CFC Fences and Decks we are always very careful with permanently installed landscaping features including special ornamental flora and fauna. We always take great care with all of your landscaping and property as possible, but in moving fencing materials in and out of a property will create some slightly worn areas in a lawn or flower bed. It is simply part of the construction process of any outdoor project, be it fencing or decks.

Hopefully this is helpful in making your fencing project go much more smoothly for you and all of your neighbors.

Please call CFC Fences and Decks for a FREE ESTIMATE or materials for your DIY project.

Fence Considerations: Dog Owners

Dog Fencing and Escape Artists

There are many extremely agile and athletic and dog breeds that one might attempt to contain like the American Pit Bull Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Boxer, Britney Spaniels, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Jack Russell Terrier, Siberian Husky, and Vizsla. While some dogs are more prone to bolt others are more capable jumpers and climbers. Then you have dogs that love to dig like Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, Fox Terriers, Siberian Huskies, and Dachshunds. Followed by certain hounds, that when on a sent will stop at nothing to get to the end of the trail.

Fence climbing Dogs

If you have a climber chain link fencing is an exciting yet dangerous challenge for your super dog. The open diamonds serve as toe holds and the top rail a ladder rung. Unfortunately the protruding wires above are what cause the most injury.

Another consideration with climbing dogs is the rail placement. With 2x wood rails placed on the dog side the result is a nice climbing ladder for the dog, this is especially true with a 3 rail fence. The simple solution is obvious to place the smooth side of the fence toward the yard with dogs, simple as long as the neighbors don’t own a climbing dog breed. We also suggest you consider a Canyon Winds Cedar fence or Trex Seclusions ® composite fence both do not have a mid-rail and they use an overlapping board design for strength.

Under the Fence Dogs:

With chain link fencing your dog may find a spot to push under, yet this can be a problem with any fence depending on the placement of the fence in relation to the existing grade and landscape. While fencing can be reinforced, and or boards placed to fill in gaps, we suggest bringing the grade to the bottom of the fence. With dogs that like to dig consider buried chicken wire, rocks, or concrete edging.

Fences and Dog Training

While it is important to address the security and safety of your dog and neighborhood in your fencing choice don’t discount the importance of proper obedience training which should reduce the likelihood of an AWOL pet. However, a dog left in a yard all day with nothing to do is the most likely escape artist regardless of the breed.

Ultimately, when you consider the propensities of your dog by breed and personality, you can make a better choice in fencing material, style, and construction.

Getting to Know your Options: Split Rail & Lodge Pole

CFC Fences and Decks offers many options fence options ranging from wood to composite, iron and faux rock. In this seven part series, we will explore the attributes, warranty, cost effectiveness, look, dimensions, and maintenance of each of the types of fence CFC Fences and Decks offers for installation.


Split Rail: The Split Rail style is an open space fence. This fence is popular on ranch property or if a more rustic look is desired. Cedar also resists insect infestation. Western red cedar wood has a distinct color which left uncoated will weather to a silver gray color. Cedar split rail fence is very rustic in appearance. Each rail and post come in a slightly different size and shape.

Utah Split Rail Fence

   Lodge Pole: The most rustic and durable rail fencing in the industry. The sturdy posts are chamfered and drilled to hold the 3”- 4” rails, creating a perfect fit and finish. Our Lodge Pole in two, three or four rails looks great in the front yard, around the ranch house or surrounding your property.

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Split Rail: Built in 10’ long sections using 5-7”x5-7”x5 ¼’ or 6 ½’ posts and 3-5”x10’ rails.

   Lodge Pole: Built in 8’ long sections using 3-4” rails.


Average Cost:  Low


Warranty: CFC uses quality materials inspected and certified for the use in our installations, but because of the natural properties of wood, materials are not warranted.

Maintenance: Split Rail is resistant to moisture and insects due to natural elements contained in the Cedar and Lodge Pole fences are built using treated lumber.  Due to the aforementioned factors, there is no maintenance required on either style fence.

To see more examples of these styles, visit our galleries. If you would like a free estimate give us a call and we can set you up for one at your earliest convenience.

When the Focus is Form

It’s normal for people struggle to decide what kind of fence to have their fence contractor install around their yard. However, CFC Fence Installers wants to make it easy for you to make the decision.

Wood Fences

When it’s time to select fencing for your property, how many types of fences may overwhelm you and other options there are from which to choose. But the decision largely comes down to two considerations: form and function. In other words, what is the purpose of the fence (function) and how do you want it to look (form).

Rarely is there is happy medium between form and function. For example, you may want a low maintenance fence (function), so you choose to have a vinyl fence installed. However, white vinyl is often seen as an eyesore for any property that actually detracts from the form.

When the Focus Is on Form

When focusing on form you have a few options for fencing of fences that look beautiful, but are not perfect for every house. For instance a split rail fence is a beautiful fence for Ranch-style houses and Landscape designs with a Southwestern theme. However, they might not be appropriate for a home that is urban and modern. However, Fortress ornamental fencing is a modern style of fence that meets the needs of most urban homes. Even within cedar fences there are many styles that provide different forms for your home. Are you looking for a simple design? Ask your fence contract to install a dog-ear fence. Are you looking for something more robust? Consider using larger posts in a shadow box style to add some heft to your fence line.

When the Focus is Function

There are special circumstances in which wood fences, despite their beauty, may not be your best choice for fencing. Maybe someone is looking for a low maintenance fence. Cedar Fencing is anything but low maintenance. Between staining and power washing the cost for maintenance is incredible. Many look for low maintenance fencing like Fortress Ornamental. However, ornamental fencing is not conducive to privacy.  Many times there are trade offs when selecting a functional fence.

Security is another practical function many homeowners demand from fencing, a function for which, as mentioned above, metal fencing is generally considered superior to wood fences.

But wood fences are an excellent choice for privacy fencing, whether it be in terms of noise barriers or, more commonly, visual barriers. Wood fences provide some of the most attractive fencing options available when your chief concern is creating a backyard sanctuary.

The stockade style offers an example of a wood fence design that can afford a solid visual barrier between your yard and your neighbor’s, resulting in almost total privacy. While masonry work such as brick can do the same, it costs significantly more than does a wood fence.

Others prefer a compromise on privacy, choosing wood fences with a certain amount of airiness to them, to avoid fencing out the outer world altogether. Tall picket fencing, for example, can afford partial privacy, as can lattice fencing.

A popular alternative to these privacy-fencing options is a hybrid wood fence design: i.e., a solid barrier for the bottom three-quarters of the fencing, with lattice on top to inject an element of airiness and decoration.

As noted above, one factor in choosing between the different types of wood fences is their potential for compatibility with one’s landscape design. Solid wood fences can provide compelling backdrops for plantings, while the airier wood fence designs (e.g., split-rail and picket-style wood fences) can serve either as foregrounds or backgrounds for planting beds

Other types of fencing which are not mentioned in this article that are gaining great popularity are composite fences such as Trex Seclusion Fencing and SimTek a simulated rock wall.

Options for a Rail Fence

When considering a rail fence project there are a handful of options to choose from. There is the (Cedar) split rail fence, the log (lodge) pole (treated pine), and a dimensional lumber option built with 4×4 or 6×6 posts and 2×4, or 2×6 rails.

The split rail fence has a rustic look that is very appealing, it is milled on 10’ centers (posts to post), and is a cedar product that has a natural resistance to moisture and insects. You can get this product in either a (2) rail (3’ tall) style or a (3) rail (4’ tall) style.

The log pole fence is a treated pine product that has a woodsy look to it and blends in nicely with yards that have pine or aspen trees – it is milled on 8’ centers. The treatment that the pine posts and rails are treated in, adds to the longevity of a pine product (especially the post). The log pole fence also is milled in a (2) rail style and a (3) rail style of fence – you can also get a 4 or 5 rail option – it is a custom order from the mill.

The dimensional lumber option is by far the most pliable option available. We can build this fence style with either 4×4 or 6×6 posts, and you have an option for the rails to be 2×4’s or 2×6’s – all the lumber option that CFC builds with are a premium cedar product (that we by directly from the mill) for added longevity.

Many home owners that want the open look and feel of a rail fence also want to keep dogs (or kids) in the yard. We offer a 2×4 (the size of the openings) welded wire option, that is a 14 gauge wire. We will attach it to the top rail of the fence, and to the gates for a secure enclosure for dogs and children.

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