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Build a Garden Fence

Garden Fence

Gardening is a great way to do something you love while providing fresh vegetables or flowers for your family. But unless you protect your garden from hungry critters, they may enjoy the fruits of your labor more than you do. With basic fencing supplies and paint, create a colorful garden fence to protect your garden from uninvited guests.

Getting Started

A modest 8-by-16 foot planting patch provided enough space to raise veggies for new homeowner, Lacey Howard, but without a fence, the plot was a constant temptation for hungry critters. A new 18-inch-tall wood fence, lined with chicken wire that visually disappears, borders the garden, keeping produce safe. Two bright shades of exterior paint offer fresh color all season.

Rather than digging post holes, mixing concrete and waiting for everything to set, Lacey hammered metal post holders into the ground and dropped in wood fence posts. For a post less than 3-feet tall, use post holders that extend 24 inches into the ground; for taller posts, use holders that extend 30 or more inches.

Save money on fence posts by cutting 4-by-4 weather-treated lumber to size — leave it squared off or place a finial on top.

To create a great spot for tomato plants, stack terracotta pots and top with a trellis made from 3 furring strips bound with rope.

Build Fence Panels

To minimize cutting, let pre-assembled panels guide the dimensions of your garden. Most panels are 8-feet wide, but check available options before you finalize your design.

Step 1

To create 2 panels for the price of 1, determine where to divide the 3 and 1/2-foot-tall fence panels horizontally. Mark the cutting line with a piece of straight lumber and a pencil. Cut off any decorative details on the vertical fence slats with a circular saw.

Create Fence Panels Step 1

Step 2

Reinforce the panels with 8-foot strips of one by four lumber before cutting them in half. Place strips eight to 12 inches from existing horizontal rails, depending on the fence panel's design. Secure the strips with deck screws. Elevate the panels for cutting by resting atop two 4-by-4 pieces of lumber.

Create Fence Panels Step 2

Step 3

Cut the panel horizontally with a circular saw. Before assembling the fence, prime all wood elements with exterior primer and let dry. Apply 2 or 3 coats of exterior paint to all wood elements.

Create Fence Panels Step 3

Step 4

Drive post holders into the ground with a sledgehammer. Cut all posts to desired height. Slip posts into holders and tighten base screws. Secure panels between posts with deck screws and braces made from one by one furring strips. Staple chicken wire to panels, leaving 8 to 10 inches on the ground. Cover wire with mulch.

Create Fence Panels Step 4

Project Information

  • Skill Level: Intermediate

*Time and Cost are estimated.