Flower gardens need protection from pets, children playing and critters romping through the yard. The fence also provides a frame for the garden and support for taller flowers or vines that climb. Fencing comes in many types, from 6 foot high wire mesh tall enough to keep deer out of the garden to decorative fencing that provides a gentle reminder to stay out rather than a barrier. Picket fencing is a favorite with country gardeners.
Paint the picket fence your preferred color. It's better to paint now than to wait when the fencing has been installed and have to wade through the flowers. White or green is a classic color choice.
Dig holes 18 inches deep and 6 inches in diameter for the posts. Most picket fences come in 4 foot widths. Dig the post holes 3 feet and 8 inches apart. Posts are normally 4 inches wide. That leaves 2 inches for each picket fence section to meet.
Nail the picket fence sections to the posts all the same distance from the top. Measure carefully. If a couple of the sections are nailed too low or high the fence won't look even.
Mix a batch of cement per package directions.
Place the posts in the holes. You might need a friend to help with this step if the fencing is more than 8 feet long. Prop the posts upright with rocks or gravel in the hole to a depth of 6 inches. Pour the cement over the rocks to within a few inches of the top of the hole.
Check the posts to make sure they're level, both vertically and horizontally. Adjust while the cement is still wet.
Cure the cement by letting it dry.