How to Put in Garden Netting & Garden Staples

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How to Put in Garden Netting & Garden Staples
Protect your garden strawberries from rabbits and deer with garden netting. (strawberries image by Bartlomiej Nowak from

Gardens provide a vast summer bounty of berries, vegetables, lettuces and herbs, but pesky deer and rabbits often take their unwelcome share of the harvest. You can cover plants with garden netting to keep your plants safe and your garden growing, and be sure to secure the netting with garden staples, which are large, metal stakes. All necessary materials are available at local home improvement retailers and on many Internet gardening retail sites.

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Things you need

  • Garden netting
  • Garden stakes
  • Garden staples
  • Garden shears or heavy-duty scissors
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Measure the garden plot length and width in inches using a tape measure. Add 6 inches to each dimension and write down measurements; the additional 6 inches is necessary to allow room for growth under the netting.

  2. 2

    Measure netting in inches. You will probably need to cut the netting to meet your garden configurations. For netting that is larger than your garden plot, mark off measurements from Step 1 and cut to fit using garden shears or scissors. For netting that is smaller in height or width than your garden plot, cut enough pieces to create enough coverage for your garden space.

  3. 3

    Place stakes in the middle and surrounding points of the garden plot, placing them evenly across the garden. These stakes will elevate the netting to allow for future growth.

  4. 4

    Drape garden netting evenly over the plot. Secure with garden staples along the perimeter, keeping them close enough together that a small rabbit cannot fit between the bottom of the net and the ground. Push the sharp ends of the staples into the ground through the holes in the netting.

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