How to Fence in a Garden


Installing a fence around your garden will help keep out animals, while protecting your plants and flowers. Garden fencing is available in a variety of materials and sizes to match your design needs as well as your budget. Choose a weatherproof, durable material such as wood or wire netting. For an added design element, install creeping vines around the garden to create a lush, green garden wall.

Step 1

Pick out the fencing material. Decide on a material made with small holes to keep out animals that will munch of on your plants and vegetables. Consider the daily maintenance the fence will require. A wire netting fence is low-maintenance and weather-resistant. Wooden fences will need new boards every so often, so keep this in mind when purchasing your material.

Step 2

Determine your fence's height and depth. If your garden attracts animals such as deer, you will need a 5-to-8 foot fence. If your concerns are animals who burrow, bury chicken wire at the bottom and around the perimeter of the garden.

Step 3

Measure the circumference of your garden with a tape measure before you purchase your materials. Use landscaping flags to mark all the spots where the fence will be located. In case of last-minute weather conditions that may affect the placement of your flags, use a camera to take a picture of the space.

Step 4

Dig a deep enough hole so the hedge posts are buried halfway into the soil. Usually 4 to 5 feet is deep enough for a 8-to-10 foot post. Place the hedge posts evenly in the ground and fill in the hole with soil. Press firmly to make sure the post is secure in the ground. Alternatively, fill in the posts with cement; this process can be more difficult and less cost affective.

Step 5

Attach the fence material around the hedge posts using wood screws and needle-nose pliers. Repeat the steps until you have covered the entire area around the fence. Rolled wire netting is pliable and is simple to install.

Step 6

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

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.