Garden Fence Instructions

Overview

Installing a garden fence will help to protect your flowers and plants while keeping out animals, including deer and small rodents. Garden fencing is available in many different materials and designs to match your budget and landscape requirements. Pick a long-lasting and durable fence material such as wire netting or wood.

Step 1

Choose the garden fencing material. A material made with small holes will keep out rodents that might eat your garden plants. Consider the routine maintenance and upkeep the fence will require. A wire netting fence is low-maintenance and very durable while wooden fences will need new boards replaced overtime.

Step 2

Choose the height and depth for your garden fence. For gardens that attract deer, you will need a 5- to 7-foot fence. If your concerns are small rodents such as squirrels, 2 to 3 feet is sufficient. To prevent burrowing animals from entering the garden, bury chicken wire at the bottom of the 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 your materials are sufficient. Use landscaping flags to mark around the perimeter of your garden where the fence will be installed. In case of unforeseen weather conditions that could affect the flag placement, take a picture of the flags with your camera.

Step 4

Dig a deep enough hole to bury the hedge posts halfway into the soil. Usually a 3- to 5-foot hole is deep enough for a 6- to 10-foot hedge post. Ensure the posts are secured evenly into the ground. Place the hedge posts in the hole, and fill in the hole with soil, pressing firmly. Alternatively, use cement to fill in the posts; however, this process can be more difficult and very 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 circumference of the garden. Rolled wire netting is pliable and durable and is simple to install.

Step 6

Using pliers, cut the fence material at the edge of the next post, making sure it's long enough to make a gate. Don't attach it to the hedge post. Instead, sand down the edges to prevent scratches. Install four hooks on the opposing hedge post--two on the bottom and top--to hang the gate on when not using the garden 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: How to Build a Classic Backyard Fence
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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.