How to build a garden fence

Updated February 21, 2017

Many homeowners enjoy having a backyard garden. Keeping animals out can be a chore. To alleviate frustration, build a fence around your garden. Your fence should both keep animals out and makes your property look good. Minimal woodworking abilities are needed as the fence parts can be purchased already cut to size. This article will explain how to build a garden fence.

Measure and place a stake every 8 feet around the garden where the fence will be installed. Where you want the gate, place one stake between two others. Next, tie the string on one of the stakes and run it along the stakes looping it at the corners of the fence.

Dig each post hole approximately 18 to 24 inches deep, depending on the height of the fence. Next, set the post in the hole. Place a level on the post and make sure it is plumb. Pour concrete mix around the post, tamping it down solid. Repeat this for every post.

Measure the post up from the ground to determine the correct height of the posts in relation to the fence panels. Be certain they are tall enough to secure the top part of the fence panel.

Secure fence panels to the posts with deck screws. Cut fence panels as needed in the corners of the fence.

Cut one of the panels 1 inch narrower than the gate opening. Place a 2-by-4 inch piece of lumber from one corner to the next, forming a "Z" on the back of the gate. Secure it through the front of the fence panel with the deck screws. Install hinges and hardware to the gate, and then install the gate to the fence post.


Always wear safety glasses. Wear protective gloves when working with treated lumber. Wear lung protection when working with concrete mix.


Do not leave power tools unattended. Do not breathe the dust from the concrete mix.

Things You'll Need

  • Fence panels
  • 4-by-4 inch posts
  • Measuring tape
  • Stakes
  • String
  • Post hole diggers
  • Concrete mix
  • Carpenter's level
  • Circular saw
  • Variable speed drill
  • Phillips head screw tip
  • Fence screws
  • Gate hardware
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About the Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.