How to Build Garden Fences


Installing a fence around your garden will create a focal point for your landscape while keeping out small and large animals. There are many varieties of fencing material, but a weather-resistant and durable material, such as wire mesh or wood, is a good choice. With minimal upkeep, you can create a long-lasting garden fence. For an added design to your garden fence, add creeping flowers and vines around the perimeter to create a dramatic and unique fence.

Step 1

Pick out your fencing material. Decide on a flexible material that contains tiny holes to keep out animals that might eat your garden plants and flowers. Think about the daily upkeep and maintenance the fence will require. A wire netting fence does not require a lot of upkeep once installed. Wooden fences will need new boards replaced every once in a while, so keep this in mind when picking out your material.

Step 2

Decide the height of your garden fence. If your garden attracts dear, you will need a 7- to 10-foot-high fence. If your concerns are small rodents, such as rabbits, 3 to 4 feet is ideal.

Step 3

Measure the perimeter of your garden space for the exact dimensions of the fence. Refer to this "blueprint" to ensure you have enough materials. Use landscaping flags or markers to mark the places where the fence will be installed.

Step 4

Dig a hole deep enough to bury the hedge posts halfway into the ground. Typically 3 to 5 feet is deep enough for a 6- to 10-foot post. Make sure the posts are placed correctly and evenly in the soil. Position the posts in the hole and fill in the hole with soil. Press firmly to ensure the posts are tightly in place.

Step 5

Use needle-nose pliers to pull the rolled wire mesh netting around the hedge posts and attach with wood screws.

Step 6

Add creeping vines along the inside of your garden fence for an inviting and lush design. Over time, the vines will creep around the fence.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear protective safety glasses to protect your eyes during this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Flexible fencing material
  • Tape measure
  • Landscaping flags
  • Hedge posts
  • Shovel
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wood screws
  • Creeping vines


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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.