How to Fence a Garden

How to Fence a Garden

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The use of a garden fence is an essential element to help keep out pests or for a decorative touch. The following steps will show you how to fence a garden.


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    Keep in mind it is important to leave enough room between the fence and the actual growing area to permit you to move around the plants.

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    Measure the area that is to be fenced with a measuring tape, including the height you want the fence to be.

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    Choose the material you plan to use as your fence.

    • Several types are available, such as wood, wire and mesh.

    • Dig your post holes deep enough to bury half the pole.

    • Add gravel to cover the bottom of the hole before setting the post. This will help with drainage.

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    Dig holes spaced evenly around your garden for your fence posts using a shovel or spade.

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    Fill each hole with either dirt or cement.

    • When using dirt, make sure you continuously compress the dirt as you add it to the hole. This makes for a solid, tight fit.

    • If you choose cement as your base, you will need to stabilize the post until the cement sets.

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    Cut and attach the material you will be using to fence a garden using a hammer (mallet), nails and wire cutters.

    • Common materials used include wood slats, chicken wire, vinyl netting or mesh. You can also choose more decorative materials.
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    Include an easy access gate or opening for you to enter the garden.

    • A simple gate can be made by extending the length of the materials used approximately 1 foot (0.3 meters).

    • Add some hooks onto the extension in order to attach the gate to the fence when you want it closed.

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  • You can achieve a straight line by using a string chalk marker, which marks the line of each wall with a line of chalk. Fencing a garden involves some precision.

  • Always be sure to paint wood slats before you attach them to the posts. It is also a good idea to coat the wood with weatherproof primer.

  • An easy way to mark the spot that you intend to dig for your post holes is to mark them with spray paint.

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  • File all exposed surfaces that might scratch you as you enter and exit the garden

  • Make sure the posts are perpendicular to the ground.

  • Do not use material that has holes large enough to allow rodents and small animals through.

Things You’ll Need

  • Measuring tape to measure the area to be fenced and distances between posts
  • Chalk string (optional)
  • Spray paint
  • Shovel or spade
  • Gravel
  • Wood or vinyl for the posts
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Concrete (optional)
  • Fencing material
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • Nails
  • Hooks
  • Paint

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