When exploring different garden fences, it's important to understand standard fence terminology. For instance, garden fences are measured by the gauge of the wire. The size of the gauge wire depends on the width of the fence. The higher the number, the more narrow the gauge. Very fine wire (27-gauge) requires more passes through the drawing than a 4-gauge wire.
Fencing is also measured in mesh, which can vary from one type of fence to another. A mesh is a semipermeable barrier of metal fibers. Meshes are commonly used to screen out unwanted things, like rabbits, rats and deer.
Here are some fence options to consider:
Chain-link fencing is an economical way to enclose an area, restrict pets or keep unwanted creatures out. Chain-link fencing is made of galvanized steel and comes in rolls from 25 feet to 100 feet long and 4 feet to 6 feet high, with prefabricated gates up to 5 feet wide. Vinyl-coated chain-link fencing is also available.
Welded wire fencing is perfect for keeping larger animals out of gardens or certain areas of your landscape. With a heavier wire gauge, this fence is strong and durable. Like chain-link fencing, it's also available with a vinyl coating, usually green or brown. And when combined with rail fencing, the welded wire provides a reinforced pet containment area. This material comes in a 14-gauge wire mesh 2-inch-by-4-inch, 36-inch, 48-inch, or 60-inch widths.
Poultry netting, or chicken wire, may be the most economical type of containment fence available. As the name implies, it's generally used to fence in chickens. It's also a good choice for small dogs, rabbits and other small pets.
Rabbit guard is the truest of garden fences because the mesh varies greatly. With smaller openings at the bottom and increased mesh openings as you move up the fence, this fencing system is perfect for keeping small animals out of your garden. With a galvanized finish, this fence is made to last longer and provides protection from rust. This 16-gauge wire mesh varies with 1-inch, 2-inch, and 4-inch, openings in 28-inch, to 50-foot rolls.
Electric fencing is normally used to contain livestock. With low-output chargers, electric fencing can be used in residential settings for pet containment or keeping animals out of garden areas.
Electronic pet containment fencing is an excellent choice for anyone who needs to contain pets without any visible sign of a fence. The system consists of a thin gauge wire, a transmitter and a collar. You can form the fence into any shape you want, covering an area up to 25 acres. Put the collar on your pet, and if it gets close to the fence's perimeter, the pet receives an audible warning signal through the collar. Wireless pet fencing is also available.
Hex netting is a lighter, inexpensive option for protecting a garden. For those looking to keep animals out, the smaller mesh size of the 1-inch hex netting is superior to the 2-inch version. This woven product is made with galvanized wire making it pliable, easy to handle and weather-resistant. This 20-gauge wire comes with a mesh of 1-inch and 2-inch, 24-inch, 36-inch and 48-inch widths in 25-foot, 50-foot, and 150-foot rolls.