How to Make Garden Gates

Overview

If you have problems with animals digging in your garden or people trampling your vegetables, it is about time you get a garden gate. It is simple to make a garden gate out of chicken wire and some wood planks or thick sticks. It will provide a safe and personalized touch to your garden with minimal supplies.

Step 1

Measure the area of your garden that you want to place a gate around with the tape measure, usually in the shape of a square or rectangle. You will need a wood post about every 5 feet.

Step 2

Decide what kind of garden gate posts you want. You can use any type or style you want, but make sure the posts are sturdy, and at least 4 feet high. You can use wooden sticks or logs you find around your landscape, or purchase some from a gardening store. You will also need extra ones for the gate frame (around four to five). The length of these pieces will depend upon the size of the chicken wire or how wide you want the gate, but the gate should be as tall as the posts.

Step 3

Dig a hole in each spot where you want to place a post with a trowel. Stick the posts into the holes. In order to be very secure, dig a hole about 8 to 12 inches deep.

Step 4

Spool the chicken wire around each post to create the fence. This might work better with an extra pair of hands. Pull the chicken wire as tightly as possible around the edges of the posts, stapling in at least three to four staples up and down the wire into the post with the staple gun. Continue winding the chicken wire around the posts, leaving an open space for the gate. Cut the chicken wire off the spool with wire cutters.

Step 5

Make the garden gate door. Nail all of the wooden posts together for the frame, so they create a square of the door dimensions for support. This is an important part of the fence, so you want it be very secure and sturdy.

Step 6

Put the wooden frame that is secured together over the chicken wire and cut enough wire to fit it. Use the staple gun to staple around the frame to secure the chicken wire.

Step 7

Figure out how you want the gate to open and close, and attach the hinges with the screws and electric screwdriver at the preferred place, the left or right. Add a lock if desired, securing the chicken wire from the door to the chicken wire on the gate.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Chicken wire
  • Wood posts or thick sticks
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Handsaw
  • Wire cutters
  • Hinges
  • Trowel
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Nails

References

  • Building a Simple Garden Gate
  • Building a Garden Gate
  • Garden Fencing
Keywords: building a fence, garden gate construction, protecting your garden with a gate

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.