How to Make a Garden Fence


Creating a garden fence will help to keep out animals--including deer--while protecting your plants and flowers from pets or playing children. Garden fencing comes in a variety of materials and sizes to match your budget and design. Pick a weather-resistant and durable fence material such as wire netting or wood. For an inviting and colorful design, plant creeping vines around the garden fence.

Step 1

Choose the garden fencing material. Decide on a material built with small enough holes to keep out animals that might eat your garden plants and vegetables. Consider any routine maintenance the fence will require. A wire netting fence is low-maintenance and long-lasting. Wooden fences will need new boards replaced overtime.

Step 2

Decide the ideal height and depth for your garden fence. For gardens that attract deer, you will need an 8- to 10-foot fence. If your concerns are small rodents such as squirrels, 3 to 4 feet is ideal. For animals that burrow into the ground, bury chicken wire at the bottom of the garden fence and around the circumference of the space.

Step 3

Measure the circumference of your garden with a tape measure for the exact dimensions and to ensure you buy enough materials. Use landscaping flags to mark all the ares where the garden fence will be installed. In case of last-minute weather conditions that could blow away the flags, take a picture of the garden space.

Step 4

Dig a deep enough hole with a shovel to bury the hedge posts halfway into the ground. Usually a 4- to 5-foot hole is deep enough for a 8- to 10-foot post. Ensure the posts are upright and spaced evenly. Place the posts into the hole and fill in the hole with soil. Press firmly to ensure the hedge post is securely in the ground. You could fill in the posts with cement but that can be more difficult and costly.

Step 5

Attach the fence material around the hedge posts with wood screws and needle-nose pliers. Repeat the process until you have covered the entire perimeter of the fence. Rolled wire netting is pliable, durable and can be easily installed.

Step 6

Cut the fence material at the edge of the next hedge post, making sure it's long enough to make a gate. This time, don't attach it to the hedge post. Instead, use sandpaper and sand the edges down to prevent cuts and scratches. Install two hooks on the opposing hedge post, one on the bottom and top, to hang the gate on when not in the garden.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear protective goggles when building a fence.

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


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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.