How to recycle tires into a fence rail

Updated November 21, 2016

Millions of scrap tires head to the landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can do your part to lower this amount of waste by recycling tires into fence rails. The tire fence rails work well for livestock operations in need of movable fences that can be set up and torn down every so often. Tires used as fence rails pose little risk to livestock, so long as the steel belts within the tires aren't showing through the treads.

Clear all rocks and vegetation that will impede the pathway of the tire fence rails. Use a chainsaw to cut the stems of brush larger that 3 inches in diameter. Use pruning loppers for stems smaller than 3 inches in diameter. Roll rocks out of the way and level the ground, as much as possible using a shovel and a garden rake. Dig down the high spots and use this dirt to fill in the low spots. Go over the ground with the garden rake to even up the soil. Use a long pry bar to remove the larger rocks.

Lay down the first course of tires. Space each tire in this course a minimum of 12- to 18-inches apart. Use a tape measure to get the measurements right. The distance you space the tires will depend on the average diameter of the tires you have available for use. The tires have to be close enough together for the second course of tires to space from tire to tire.

Lay a second course of tires staggered over the first course of tires. Place the centre of each tire directly over the open space between the first course of tires. Repeat this process for as many courses, or levels of tire fence rails as desired.


Wear safety glasses, leather work gloves and ear plugs while using a chainsaw. Keep all safety guards in place. Only use a chainsaw, if you've had the proper training. Look inside the tires before touching them to ensure no poisonous snakes or insects or stinging insects are present.

Things You'll Need

  • Chainsaw
  • Pruning loppers
  • Shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Long pry bar
  • Tape measure
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