Hi, I need to build about 500 ft of fence this summer, along our road, to keep the kids and birds safer. I'd like it to be a permanent, long lived fence (hate fencing!) so I know it will be on the more expensive side. Any tips or tricks people have discovered while they have fenced? It will all be in a straight line, with a couple corners around the drive way -- I have electric netting to use for the other sides. If we fence that one section, it ends up blocking off most of the access for our troublesome neighbor dog. I'm also interested in gate designs. We are going to need a couple large, tractor sized gates, and I know the swinging kind are prone to sagging. We'll be buying supplies and doing it in sections as we have time / money, so any advice/pictures are great. We have experience in fencing and know about the basic design, just wondered what types of fence people used. My husband would like to fence the first half, about 250 ft, in with a wood privacy fence, and then the orchard with some kind of wire/wood combination . . . I read on a different post that you could lay a section of fence flat under the fence line and then cover it with a thin layer of dirt to prevent digging, but you would still be able to mow over it. Has anyone tried that? I've always heard that you have to bury the fencing to deter digging animals. I was really hoping NOT to have to dig a 500 ft ditch, but If I have to, I have to . . . We also have an organic farm, and can't spray fencelines to keep down grass. Does anyone have a good method to block weeds out around the fenceline? Trying to keep it low maintenance since I know we aren't going to be able to weadeat all the time. Thanks for any help! Pictures are great too!