How to Fence a Garden

How to Fence a Garden

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the use of a garden fence is an crucial 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
    vital 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 by means of a shovel or spade.

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    fill each hole with either dirt or cement.

    • when by means of 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
      wooden 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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