Setting up a fence around the perimeter of your garden is a great way to set the area apart from the rest of your yard. Fencing may be installed to protect your garden from wildlife, used as an accent to beautify the space, or perhaps both. Luckily, a variety of materials are available to fit your needs and make building a garden fence an inexpensive project you can complete in as quickly as one day.
From chicken wire to chain link, metal wire mesh fencing gets the job done. These types of fencing don't provide much privacy but are useful for keeping out small animals. Economical chicken wire is available at home and farm supply stores and can easily be installed. Chain link can be more costly and installs are best left to professionals or industrious do-it-handymen.
This type of fencing is usually composed of plastic, looks like mesh, and comes on a roll. It's most familiar in orange and is used at construction sites or as a "snow fence" in colder climates. The good news is that it comes in several colors, is easy to install and is less expensive than most wood fencing. You can remove it at the end of the year, roll it up and put it away for next spring.
Traditional picket fencing provides a welcoming feel, as well as privacy and protection. It can be site built and composed of individual pickets or bought in pre-manufactured panels. Wood pickets can be painted or stained to accent the surrounding landscape and outside of a home. Panels constructed of colored plastic or composite wood require little maintenance. However, it can be costly. Picket fencing is more permanent of a structure, so it's crucial to prepare your site properly and set strong, level posts before installing.
Lattice and Trellis Fencing
Pre-built lattice panels or homemade woven trellis can be used as fencing to add privacy and function. Place vining plants at the base and train to grow upwards using the fence as support. As plants mature they will cover the panels and create a wall of vines or blooms.
Building a fence out of collected sticks is an easy, inexpensive project for the entire family. Start by collecting straight branches or sticks. Choose pieces close in diameter to a walking cane and whatever height you prefer for the finished fence. Complete by building a frame and "weaving" the sticks vertically or horizontally through the framing pieces. For more privacy and protection, sticks should be tightly woven. The result is a charming, rustic fence which is perfect for accenting your garden.
Stacked Stone or Brick
If you have excess stone, brick or cement block to recycle this might be the perfect fence project for you. It provides flexibility by allowing you to design the fence in angles or curves. Stack material to the desired height and use mortar for increased strength on higher walls.