How to erect garden fences

Updated April 17, 2017

Every type of garden fence has different assembly requirements. For instance, a picket fence must be built beforehand and put up in sections, and a bamboo fence must be put up one piece at a time. Regardless, there are several steps in erecting a garden fence that apply to any type of garden fence.

Decide what kind of garden fence you want. Your decision will be based on your needs. If you need to keep wild animals out, you need a fence at least 1.8 to 2.4 m (6 to 8 feet) tall. If you want a decorative fence, a picket fence is a good option. Regardless, know what you're trying to accomplish with the fence and make your decision based on that.

Using a hammer, stakes and a tape measure, place stakes about 45 cm (1 1/2 foot) from the edge of the garden, around the perimeter. Two or three stakes on each side of the garden should be enough, but make sure there is one stake in each corner of the garden. This 45 cm (1 1/2 foot) of space will give you walking room in your garden.

Tie rope from stake to stake. This will be your grid when you are building the fence, so the lines are straight. Make sure each stake is standing straight up to more accurately portray the 45 cm (1 1/2 foot) of space around the perimeter.

Assemble materials and erect your fence. The process will depend on the type of fence you're building, but with the stakes, rope and walking space, you're ready to build any type of fence around your garden.


Make sure to buy extra rope and stakes in case you run out and/or need more.

Things You'll Need

  • Materials for garden fence
  • Tape measure
  • Rope
  • Hammer
  • Stakes
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