A fence around your garden will keep humans, pets and other animals from entering the garden. There are many different types of fences that you can erect around your garden that will provide security to your plants, flowers and vegetables as well as seedlings, while giving an aesthetic quality to the garden. You can either use rolled metal, natural materials or plastic fencing or anchored on stakes placed evenly apart around your garden. It is quite an easy task to do. Take a look at the tips below.
- Measure the area around your garden where the rolled fencing will be placed. Determine where you are going to place the gate, too. After you have measured the area, divide it by four feet to get the required number of stakes that should be placed around.
- Determine the height of the fence so that you will be able to prepare the right length of stakes. You can either make the stakes yourself or buy them for a uniform look. Thicker stakes or posts will be needed for both sides of the garden entrance.
- To make the stakes steady and firm and able to hold the rolled fencing material properly, you have to drive at least one-third the length of the stake into the ground. To make it even and as a guide, measure the length that will be driven to the ground and mark it. Do the same for the rest of the stakes. By doing this you will be able to drive the stakes down at a uniform depth.
- Mark the spots where you will place the stakes as well as the area where you plan to install a gate or use as an entrance. You can use flags, stones or spray paint to mark the spots. Place stakes at the corners first then use this to run a line around the perimeter so that you can keep a straight line when placing the rest of the stakes around. Finish placing the rest of the stakes. The metal tabs that would hold the fencing material in place should be facing outward.
- Unroll the fencing material. Position one end of the fence on one of the posts that serves s the entrance to the garden and stretch the fence around the perimeter until you reach the other entrance post. Do not cut the excess fencing material just yet.
- Start anchoring the fence to the stakes, using the metal tabs, working your way around the garden. You can also use plastic ties to secure other parts of the fence to the stakes. Keep the plastic ties pulled tight. Cut the excess fencing material.
- If you are planning to place a gate to the garden, then construct the frame and cover this with the excess fencing material. Use hinges to attach the gate to one side of the posts and fashion a hook to keep the gate closed.
Wetting hard soil will make it easier for you to drive the stakes into the ground. Do not attempt to place the stakes when the ground is muddy because the stakes will not hold up properly. For a wonderful natural look that can enhance any garden setting, use bamboo, reed or willow rolled fences. Of course it depends on your area and how long the fence is to be up.