DIY Garden Fence

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I love my dog, Leif.

Leif loves to explore. In fact, his middle name is Ericson. Leif Ericson the dog loves to explore like his namesake, the Viking explorer. I don’t want my lovable dog exploring my gardens, so I needed a garden fence.

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See, isn’t he handsome? The expansion of the garden last year to include the sunny corner of our backyard prompted me to look into fencing options to keep him out of the gardens.

I needed a fence that was inexpensive, easy to install, and that would allow sunlight to reach plants on the other side. I also didn’t know if there would be an expansion, so I didn’t want anything permanent.  After much research and a few trips to Lowe’s, a friendly associate there suggested using bird netting. Inexpensive, and it would let sunlight through.

The posts on the next aisle were just what I needed to form the structure, and for less than $40, I had enough materials to fence my garden by the shed, the corner garden, and even my friend’s garden.

After my garden expansion this year,  my corner garden’s new dimensions are 50’x24′. Yikes! That’s 1,200 sq. feet!!! Time to expand the fence.

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Here’s the type of posts that I purchased. The netting is 7’x100′. This fence is about 3 feet tall, so I cut it in half to make it fit the posts.

My posts were 12.5 feet apart across the length, but you can have them closer or a bit farther apart if you prefer.

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I liked having the grid when I was cutting; I could just pick a row and follow it. Even those of us with difficulty cutting straight lines can do this :).

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Then I attached the netting to the hooks on the side. I suggest that you decide which way you want facing out and align the post and netting accordingly, pick a row in the netting to follow as you attach so your fence will hang straight, and start hooking the netting from the top.

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You will have some extra at the bottom. You can trim it off or leave it as extra protection from animals. If you have problems with small animals going under your fences, you could try laying this extra netting on the outside, pinning it to the ground with landscaping anchor pins, then covering it with soil. If you decide to trim it, leave a few inches so you can hook it under the bottom of the stake.

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I did not trim the netting and hooked the netting on the bottom. Then, I stuck the posts in the ground.

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Fairly simple, inexpensive, and keeps the dog out. To get in, I just lift up the stake in a corner, enter, and close it behind me.

If you have a very determined animal, you may want to try something more intense than the netting, but it works well for this dog. I like how I can easily change the garden without worrying about a substantial investment in fencing.

Wow, that’s a big garden. I’m excited to see what it looks like in a month-gardens change quickly in Florida!

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