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How to Build a Garden Fence

How to Make a Garden Fence

Odds are, you work hard on your garden. Between planting, maintaining, and watering it, you have invested a lot of time in it. This is why it only makes sense to try to protect it. Installing a simple garden fence can be an effective way to keep the critters and children out. How sturdy and tall your fence will need to be depends on what you are trying to keep out.

Setting Up Your Posts

A good size of wood planks to use for a garden fence is 1x4s. The number you will need depends on the size of your fence. Remember, you will need ones to run along the bottom, top, and to cover each plank. The design of your fence will also determine the number of 1x4s you are using. Be sure to decide how many gates you will want and where they will go during this process.

The most durable and effective fences will be cemented into the ground. You will still need to dig holes to set the posts into. Each hole should be approximately 20-24 inches deep. The spacing on the posts will depend on a few things. If you set them too far apart, your fence will be more likely to warp. However, the posts and cement can get expensive. You do not want to add more posts than necessary.

Be sure that your posts are level. To do this, you will want to measure the depth of the holes you dig. You will also need to take into account any sloping the ground does. Once you have poured the concrete, you will set your post into it. Using a level is important to make sure each post is straight and level.

Paint the Planks

Although entirely optional, you may want to paint your fence. The paint can help make your fence more beautiful while also helping to protect it from parasites and the weather. Either a roller or a sprayer can be effective for this step. You will need to allow your planks to dry thoroughly. If you are lucky, the cement will be cured around the same time the paint is dry.

When handling the various bits of wood before you start painting it’s helpful to wear a pair of gardening gloves. This helps prevent any splinters you might get during the process.

Build the Fence

Once dry, the planks can be attached to the cemented posts to create the framework for your fence. Attaching the 1x4s to the posts is quite simple and can be done with a few sturdy screws. This is true for the top as well. Due to the naturally uneven slope of the ground, you may need to tweak the boards for the bottom of the fence. A miter saw is an effective tool for this.

Using a staple gun, you will want to attach fencing of some sort. Whether you need chicken wire or sturdy chain link will depend on what you are trying to keep out. Hardier fencing may require a crown nailer or other method to attach it to your planks.

Adding a Gate

It is a pretty safe assumption that you will still want to be able to access your garden. Unless you decided to build a very short fence, this will mean adding a gate. The main things that make your gate different from the other pieces of the fence are the necessity for hinges and a latch of some sort. These things can be purchased at any hardware store relatively cheaply.

Unlike the rest of the fence, which you built on the frame, you will need to build the gate independently. This is a matter of making a square or rectangle out of your 1x4s in the proper size. Adding an “X” shape on your gate can help make it sturdier because it doesn’t have the support of the cemented posts. It is also a nice touch visually.

A miter saw again comes in handy.

They are great for cutting the angles necessary to make the “X” shape happen. Generally speaking, 3-inch screws put in at an angle will be enough to support the middle of the fence.

Once your gates are built and fencing has been attached, they can be added to your existing fence. Attaching the hinge can be difficult. Having someone to help you support the gate while you screw in the hinge will likely be necessary. Once you have the gate up, test it out. Make sure it catches on the latch and cannot be pushed open.

Final Thoughts

Building a garden fence is a good investment in your property. It can significantly help protect your plants from the many things that can damage them. If done properly, a garden fence will last you for decades to come.

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