How to Install a Garden Fence

Overview

Installing a fence around your garden will help keep out rodents and deer, while protecting your plants and flowers. Garden fencing is available in different materials and sizes to match your design needs and budget. Choose a weatherproof and durable material such as wire netting or wood. For an added design, install creeping vines around the garden to create a lush and exotic garden wall. With little maintenance, you can ensure your garden remains intact, while staying on budget.

Step 1

Choose your fencing material. Decide on a material designed with small enough holes to keep out animals that might eat your garden plants and vegetables. Consider the daily upkeep and maintenance the fence will need. A wire netting fence is low-maintenance and durable. Wooden fences will need new boards replaced every so often, so keep this in mind.

Step 2

Decide the height and depth of your garden fence. If your garden attracts deer, you will need a 7- to 10-foot fence. If your concerns are small rodents such as rabbits and squirrels, 2 to 4 feet is ideal. For animals that burrow, bury chicken wire at the bottom of the garden fence and around the perimeter of the space.

Step 3

Measure the perimeter of your garden with a tape measure for the exact dimensions for buying enough materials. Use landscaping flags to mark all the spots where the fence will be installed. In case of last-minute weather conditions that could blow away the flags, take a picture of the space using your camera.

Step 4

Dig a deep enough hole to bury the hedge posts halfway into the soil. Usually 3 to 5 feet is deep enough for a 6- to 10-foot post. Make sure the posts are placed correctly and evenly into the ground. Place the hedge posts in the hole and fill in the hole around the post using soil. Press firmly to ensure the post fits snug into the ground and is secure. Alternatively, you could fill in the posts with cement, but this can be more difficult and costly.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Cut the fence material at the edge of the next post--making sure it's long enough--to make a gate. This time don't secure it to the hedge post. Instead, sand the edges down to prevent scratches and scrapes. Add two hooks on the opposing post, one on the bottom and top, to hang the gate on when you leave the space.

Things You'll Need

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

References

  • Popular Mechanics
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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 Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.