How to Make Garden Border Fences

Overview

A garden border fence serves as a barrier around a portion of your garden or your flower beds to protect them from children or pets. Exposed flower beds or vegetable patches are susceptible to damage from running, playing children, rolling or tossed balls or digging dogs. Such things can kill delicate plants, putting an end to your endless hours of hard work and effort. Although different styles, shapes and sizes of garden border fences are easily available in home department stores, making one yourself allows you to customize it to your taste.

Step 1

Measure the area you want to enclose and determine the height of the fence. Also determine what material you want to use for the fence. You can use fallen branches from nearby trees or manufactured picket stakes. Make sure the pickets or branches are at least 3 to 4 feet tall.

Step 2

Lay the branches or pickets along the perimeter, with a spacing of about 2 to 5 inches. Make sure the sharp edge of the pickets point down, as you will drive these ends into the ground.

Step 3

Measure 5 to 6 inches from the top of the first branch or stake and mark the spot. Stretch the measuring tape from the mark on the first branch or stake and across the remaining branches or stakes and make a similar mark on each of them.

Step 4

Align a long branch or picket over the marks on the vertical posts, along the length of one side of the fence. Attach pickets with galvanized nails, and secure branches with wire or cord, tightly looping it around several times. Cut off any excess with a handsaw.

Step 5

Measure and mark 10 to 12 inches up from the bottom of the vertical branches or pickets. Secure the branch or picket as in Step 4 to complete one length of your fence. Repeat the procedure to create several lengths, and secure the corners with nails or wire.

Step 6

Dig a 6-inch-deep trench with a shovel or hoe around the garden bed you want to protect. Tamp down the bottom of the trench to level it, and lower the fence carefully into it. Fill the trench with soil so it holds the fence securely, and tamp it down with your hands to remove any air pockets.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 4-foot branches or picket stakes
  • Marker
  • Handsaw
  • Galvanized nails or leashing cord
  • Drilling machine
  • Shovel

References

  • The Saturday Evening Post: Build a Classic Border Fence
  • Backyard Landscape Ideas: Flower Bed Fence

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