Simple Do It Yourself Garden Fencing Ideas

Ideas to creating easy fences around a garden.

Installing a garden fence can be an efficient deterrent for wildlife; it can define the landscaping of the area and be esthetically pleasing. The selection of fencing can be simplistic, homemade and inexpensive or can become part of the total landscaping affect and, therefore, expensive. Your budget, time and expendable effort will dictate your fencing project.

Before starting a fence, check your town's building and zoning codes. Many codes have been established, and can be enforced, regarding a fence's height, the distance from a property line as well as materials that can or can not be used. The last thing you'll need to receive is a monetary fine or disassembly requirements after your time, effort and money have been spent.

Decide where you'd like the fence to be located; it's shape, size and measurements - don't be afraid to think round, oval or kidney shaped. Not all fences surround a square or rectangular area. Then ask yourself what needs are met by the fence. If the fence is an addition to the landscape, adding a clear definition of the garden or a point of welcome, the fence can be decorative and fit into the current style of landscaping. If the fence is needed to keep the garden safe from wildlife, rigidity and safety may be the key factors rather than the style.

To successfully deter wildlife from raiding your garden a fence that surrounds the garden is mandatory. In addition, any deterrent fence should be dug well into the ground so burrowing animals can't dig under the fence to gain access. Metal and plastic are the best materials to use for deterrent fences. Though wood can be used, with years of use and weather, the wear and tear can be expensive and inconvenient. Metal or plastic poles or tubing should surround the garden at each corner adding more along the sides of the garden if necessary. Force the poles well into the ground for stability. The height of the poles should be even and two feet above the tallest garden product. Keep the poles about a foot away from the edge of the garden to prevent wildlife from simply leaning over the fence to dine. To complete the fence, any tight woven plastic or metal netting linked from pole to pole will suffice. Reuse tennis or badminton netting that isn't being utilized, or parts of a screen from a door or window, even plastic tarp pieces will work. With a little more time and effort, try digging a trench of six inches from pole to pole and place the netting into the ground, covering it with dirt. This will prevent burrowing animals. If birds are the wildlife that needs to be deterred, place shiny objects at various intervals on the fence. Cut out shapes from aluminum foil and hang on the fence with wire; most birds shy away from shiny, moving objects. In addition, the top of the garden can be covered with garden netting. Be certain to get netting that rain and sun can pass through and taller plants can still thrive.

If the fence is to highlight an area, welcome visitors or simply add to the landscaping; think along decorative lines. Fences of stone with a metal gate will be a warm welcome and coordinate with a walkway or the front of a cobblestone house. Wooden fences add charm to a simple flower garden, while fiberglass or plastic fences add class with little maintenance involved.

A border of tall growing flowers or oriental grasses can create a natural fence as can a hedge of evergreen or holly. Don't be afraid to combine a few fence materials to create a secluded area. A wood gate surrounded by a mix of evergreens and trimmed grasses will look inviting.

Decorative fences can also be sculpted from your favorite objects and hobbies. If wind chimes are your favorite, define each corner of a garden with a chime on a pole. Use ornamental garden objects such as statues or benches strategically places with tall plants as a fence. Plant herbs in antique pots or teakettles and arrange as a fence. Or, for the true artists, use sculptures, bought or made, to create a one-of-kind, unique fence.

With a little money, effort and creativity, a functional and eye-catching fence can result.

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