How to Fence for a Flower Garden


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Mix a batch of cement per package directions.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Check the posts to make sure they're level, both vertically and horizontally. Adjust while the cement is still wet.

Step 7

Cure the cement by letting it dry.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when working with cement. It irritates the skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Picket fence 4-foot sections
  • Posts 4 inches square and 18 inches longer than the height of the picket fencing
  • Paint
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Cement
  • Carpenter's level
  • Bucket


  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Courtier et al; 2003
  • "The Country Garden"; Charlie Ryrie; 2003

Who Can Help

  • Mother Earth News: Make Simple Garden Fences
Keywords: fencing flower gardens, picket fencing, install picket fences

About this Author

Katie Rosehill holds an MBA from Arizona State University. She began her writing career soon after college and has written website content and e-books. Her articles have appeared on, eHow, and GolfLinks. Favorite topics include personal finance - that MBA does come in handy sometimes - weddings and gardening.