How to Install Garden Fencing

Overview
Fencing a garden is an important step in protecting your vegetables and flowers from invasive and harmful animals. Deer, rabbits, squirrels and raccoons are common garden pests and, unfortunately, no fence will keep them all out. For the home gardener, however, a simple chicken wire fence will protect your garden from the majority of these pests. Installing a garden fence is not difficult and can be accomplished in one afternoon. It is helpful, however, to have at least two people working on installing the fence.
Step 1
Measure the perimeter of your garden with the measuring tape so you know how many feet of chicken wire you will need. Divide the diameter by five to find out how many stakes you will need. Stakes should be placed every 5 feet for your fence to be sturdy, plus one stake at each corner and one extra stake for the opening.
Step 2
Buy your chicken wire, stakes and tie wire at a hardware store. Choose strong wooden stakes that are at least 1-inch in diameter.
Step 3
Mark where the fence will go with the string. Place rocks at each corner to hold the string down.
Step 4
With a shovel, dig a trench around the perimeter of your garden, following the string as a guide. Dig the trench 1-foot deep because burying the fence in the ground will keep burrowing pests out of your garden.
Step 5
Place the corner stakes in the trench first. Hold the stake upright in the hole and have another person hammer the stakes 6 inches into the ground.
Step 6
Place the rest of the stakes at 5-foot intervals along the trench and stabilize them in the same way. Place a stake 2 feet from another stake, wherever you want the opening to be. Fill in the 2-foot space between the stakes completely, and pack the earth flat with the shovel.
Step 7
Set the chicken wire in the trench and wrap one end of the chicken wire around the stake marking the entrance. Staple the end of the chicken wire to the stake every 4 to 6 inches.
Step 8
While the other person holds the beginning stake still, unroll the chicken wire inside the trench and pull it tight around the next stake. Staple the chicken wire to the next stake, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Continue moving from stake to stake, unrolling and then stapling the chicken wire to the stakes.
Step 9
Staple the chicken wire in the same way in the trench along the unfenced side when you have reached the corner stake. Fill in the side of the trench where you just strung the chicken wire taut and upright while the other person holds the beginning stake.
Step 10
Repeat this process until all the chicken wires is attached to the stakes and the trench is completely filled in. When you have reached the last stake, the other one marking the entrance, staple the chicken wire to it.
Step 11
Measure the chicken wire 2 ½ feet beyond the last stake. Cut the rest of the roll off there, and cut 1 foot off the bottom of the chicken wire so it can act as a gate.
Step 12
Cut the tie wire into three 8-inch pieces. Stretch the chicken wire across the opening and use the tie wire to secure it around the stake.
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Measuring tape

String

Shovel

Rolls of chicken wire, at least 3 feet high

Wooden stakes, at least 4 feet high

Hammer

Staple gun with staples

Wire cutters

Tie wire

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Measuring tape
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String
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Shovel
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Rolls of chicken wire, at least 3 feet high
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Wooden stakes, at least 4 feet high
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Hammer
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Staple gun with staples
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Wire cutters
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Tie wire
tip
Wear protective work gloves when handling the chicken wire because it can cut you.

You can use metal stakes with hooks rather than wooden stakes and staples.

If deer are a problem in your area, make the fence at least 6 feet high.

tips
Wear protective work gloves when handling the chicken wire because it can cut you.
tips
You can use metal stakes with hooks rather than wooden stakes and staples.
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If deer are a problem in your area, make the fence at least 6 feet high.

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