It’s a thorn in the paw of gardeners everywhere. You’ve spent months working to cultivate beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables. Now, you are watching out the window as the squirrels and rabbits feast on your flowers and devour your vegetables.
Not only can chemicals and sprays be hazardous for furry critters, but they’re also not something you’d want on flowers you’re bringing into your home or vegetables you’re going to make a delicious meal out of.
You can remedy this problem with three simple words: decorative garden fence. Decorative garden fences keep the critters away from your flowers and veggies while adding a pop of personality to your yard.
Done For You or Do It Yourself Decorative Garden Fence: Your Choice!
We’re going to walk you through the process of building a beautiful decorative garden fence. If you’re more of a done-for-you than a do-it-yourselfer, don’t worry, as it turns out, perfection is not what we’re shooting for here.
#1. Personality Not Perfection
This is one of those times where not being a pro may make the project better in the end. Garden fences aren’t about precise engineering. It comes down to keeping critters out while bringing the character to your yard. So, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get going.
#2. Make a Plot For Your Decorative Garden Fence
The location and area your fence is going to cover is the first decision you need to make. You want to put your decorative garden fence in a spot that is out of the way yet easy to access. It may be a good idea to outline your plot with spray paint or even String to start putting things into perspective.
It also wouldn’t hurt to think about how you can use the placement of your fence to minimize potential yard work. After all, we don’t want to do anymore mowing or trimming then we have to.
We saved the best for last. Make sure you leave yourself enough room to get around inside the fence without stepping on or running into your plants.
#3. Dig the Holes
Whether you’re using small pieces of decorative fencing from the hardware store or something more substantial like wooden posts chicken wire, you’re going to need to start putting posts in the ground. If you have a small, premade decorative garden fence, you might be able to simply push the posts into the ground.
If that’s the case, go for it. If you’re working with something a little bigger, you’ll need to start digging holes. You’ll want the holes to be at least 30 inches deep. Using a post hole digger or an auger will certainly make this process much, much easier.
#4. Decorative Garden Fence Material or Covering
This one is all a matter of preference as long as you choose something that’s going to keep the problematic critters away from your garden’s goodies. Popular materials include wood or metal lattice, chain-link or chicken wire, or simple wooden slats.
Chicken wire is probably the most common covering for the do-it-yourself garden fence builder. It’s relatively cheap and easy to work with. And that’s a win in our book. Chicken wire typically comes with gaps between the wires ranging from 1/2 inch to 2 inches.
The major choice here depends upon choosing a size small enough to keep your specific critters at bay.
Typically, a chain-link fence is going to be used for the same purpose as a chicken wire fence. Most folks will tell you chicken wire is a bit easier to install. A chain-link fence requires each of the posts to be capped. You also have tensioner bars to install. And you typically have to install a device to attach the fencing to each of the posts.
Despite this extra work, there are some benefits. Chain-link fences tend to be higher than chicken wire fences. They are also able to take quite a bit more punishment.
When it comes to conventional fencing projects wood is by far the most popular material. It’s relatively cheap and easy to work with. However, so is chain-link, and chicken wire is even cheaper and easier to work with.
As we have said a few times before, garden fences are all about personality. This is where wooden fences shine.
Wood can be stained to match almost any color you desire. It can also be cut into nearly an infinite number of shapes. This versatility means you’ll be able to build the perfect fence for your needs and style.
It simply comes down to functionality and personality. You can contact a trusted fence company that we’ll help you advise on the best options to suit your needs, regardless of whether they’re for security or aesthetic purposes. You could also simply choose based on what is available at the local hardware store or what materials match your handyman skill level.
#5. Top It Off
if you’re like most of us, once you put your posts in the holes, you now see they are nowhere close to level. Again, garden fences are more about character and functionality than anything else. So, you can leave them as they are or choose to make each post level with the one next to it. Just make sure your posts are sturdy and secure.
#5. Garden Fence Gate
If your decorative garden fence is big enough, you can’t simply step over it you’re going to need a gate. At the very least this is going to take some hundreds, a couple of boards for the support and structure of the gate and some chicken wire or wrapping to form the surface.
Will probably going to want a latch, as well. After all, it does no good to put in all this work on offense and leave the door wide open giving any critter passing by the opportunity for a free lunch.