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How to Fill in a Gap Under Fencing

Updated December 15, 2016

If you have a gap under the fencing of your front or backyard, you run the risk of your pets easily digging their way out and becoming lost. Small animals, like rabbits and feral cats, can easily wander onto your property and wreak havoc in your garden or trash. Thus, it's imperative to fill a gap under your fencing with a material that can't be easily dug through.

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  1. Cut a piece of chicken wire that runs the length of the gap under your fence. Make the piece slightly larger than twice the width of the gap.

  2. Fold the chicken wire in half; it's now just slightly wider than your gap. Jam the folded chicken wire into the gap with the spine facing down, so the bottom of the fence sits between the open fold.

  3. Lay heavy rocks on both sides of the chicken wire. This will keep the wire firmly in place and discourage digging. Make sure that your top level of stones covers the sharp edge of the chicken wire so that your dog's paws do not get caught in it.

  4. Cover the rocks with a layer of soil. Pat the soil down with the shovel to compact it and make it even.

  5. Plant shrubs along the fenceline to further discourage digging.

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Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • Large rocks
  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Shrubs

About the Author

Cynthia Gomez

Cynthia Gomez has been writing and editing professionally for more than a decade. She is currently an editor at a major publishing company, where she works on various trade journals. Gomez also spent many years working as a newspaper reporter. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northeastern University.

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