How to Make Garden Border Fences

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How to Make Garden Border Fences
Fence (old fence against blue sky image by javarman from

Your garden has become a wonderful place. You've worked weekends and evenings to perfect the colour of the bouquets of flowers, the textures of the plants, and the placement of the trees. But now something more is needed to keep the children's balls from rolling into your plants, and to keep the dog from digging up your precious topsoil. A border fence would be the perfect solution. But what kind, and how hard is it to make one?

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Branches
  • Picket stakes
  • Powered drill
  • Screws
  • Hooks
  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Eye screws

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  1. 1

    Select the type of materials you would like to use. This can be straight branches from a nearby tree, or pickets from the hardware store. In either case, they should be at least 4 feet long. You can always cut them shorter if you want, but remember they will need to be partially buried in the ground.

  2. 2

    Lay the branches or pickets side by side on the ground, with a space in between that you like. It can be 2 inches to 5 inches, even more. It depends on how you would like it to feel. Point the sharpest ends downwards, since these will be the ends you will drive or bury into the ground.

  3. 3

    Attach a crosspiece, using another branch or stake, near the top of the sticks, but down from the top about 6 inches. Do the same at the bottom, but up about 12 inches. You can either wire them all together, or use small screws to screw the cross piece in place. In this manner, you will build small sections of fence.

  4. 4

    Pick up your small section of fence which you have completed, and place it where you would like it in the garden. Using a hoe or shovel, dig up a small trench about 6 to 8 inches deep where you would like the fence to be. Place the fence in the trench and pack the dirt back into place around the base.

  5. 5

    Stand back and admire your fence, knowing that you can easily build another few sections to complete the distance you want to complete. You can attach each of the sections to each other by small hook and eye links at the ends of the upper and lower crosspieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the sections you build fairly short, no longer than 4 or 5 feet. This will help keep the fence manageable as it winds around your garden. Border fences are mostly for decorative purposes and to add a bit of style, so consider carefully the type of effect you would like. Is your garden a formal garden? Or is it more woodsy? This will help you pick the materials to use in building your garden border fence.

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