How to Fence a Garden


Adding a fence around your garden will create a focal point to your landscape while keeping out rodents and deer. There are many types of fencing material to choose from. Choose a long-lasting and durable material like wood or wire netting. With minimal upkeep, you can keep the costs down while ensuring your garden remains secure. For an added design to your garden fence, add creeping vines around the sides to create a lush and green wall.

Step 1

Choose your fencing material. Decide on a material that contains small enough holes to keep out animals that might eat your garden plants and vegetables. Think about the daily upkeep and maintenance the fence will require. A netting fence won't need a lot of upkeep once installed. Wooden fences will need new boards replaced every once in a while, so keep this in mind when choosing your material.

Step 2

Decide the height and depth of your garden fence. If your garden attracts deer, you will need a 6 to 10 foot-high fence. If your concerns are small rodents like squirrels, 3 to 4 feet is ideal. For animals that burrow, bury chicken wire at the bottom of the fence and around the circumference of the structure.

Step 3

Measure the perimeter of your garden space with a tape measure so you'll have the exact dimensions for buying enough materials. Use landscaping flags to mark all the places where the fence will be installed.

Step 4

Dig a deep enough hole to bury the posts halfway into the ground. Usually 4 to 5 feet is deep enough for an 8 to 10 foot post. Check to be sure that the posts are placed correctly and evenly in the soil. Place the posts in the hole and fill in the hole around the post using soil. Press firmly to ensure the post is securely in place. Alternatively, you could fill the posts with cement, but this can be more costly and difficult.

Step 5

Fasten the fence material around the posts using wood screws and needle-nose pliers. Repeat the steps until you have covered the entire perimeter of the fence. Wire netting is pliable and can be easily installed.

Step 6

(optional) Cut the fence material at the edge of the next post, making sure it's long enough. This time don't attach it to the post. Instead, sand the edges down to prevent cuts and scrapes. Add two hooks on the opposing post to hang the gate on when you're not there and to prevent animals from getting in.

Things You'll Need

  • Fencing material
  • Chicken wire
  • Tape measure
  • Landscaping flags
  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • Cement (optional)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wood screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Hooks


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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.