DIY Garden Fence

Spring is just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about planting a garden again. Depending on where you live and what animals live around you, you may need to consider building a fence around your garden to protect it from hungry invaders. Luckily, a garden fence is an easy project, requiring just a few hours out of your day.

When you build your fence you should consider what type of animal you are trying to keep out. If you're looking at protecting your garden from household pets, you probably don't need to dig your fence down very far. If you're looking at rabbits, moles, etc, you're going to need to dig the base of your fence fairly deep down.

Here is a step-by-step for a basic garden fence, perfect to keep out your household pets.

Chicken Wire Garden Fence 

Materials Needed 

  • 5-foot chicken wire
  • Several 2x2s
  • 2 4x4s
  • 4x6
  • Hinges
  • Eye hook latch
  • Staple gun
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood screws


  1. Start by measuring the perimeter of the garden plot. How many feet of chicken wire will you need to seal off the area?
  2. Cut the 2x2s in half. This will hold the chicken wire and act as a fence post.
  3. Dig a 12-inch deep trench along the garden perimeter.
  4. Roll out the chicken wire and place the 2x2s every 3-4 feet. Line up the bottom of the wire with the bottom of the 2x2. The wire should overhang the wooden post by about a foot.
  5. Cut the 4x6 in half. These stronger posts will hold the gate. Place them on the chicken wire where the opening will be. The opening should only be about 2 feet wide.
  6. Use the staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the 2x2.
  7. Place the wire in the trench and secure the posts. Backfill with dirt. 1 foot of the wire should be buried, this will prevent critters such as dogs or rabbits from digging under the fence.
  8. Remove the wire from between the two 4x6 posts.
  9. Cut both 2x4s in half. Make a square door to fill the gap in the fence. Screw them together.
  10. Staple the excess chicken wire to the door. Overhang the wire a bit to discourage digging under it.
  11. Install the hinges on side of the 4x6 and the square door.
  12. Install the eye hook latch to the other side of the door and 4x6.
  13. Bend the top foot of wire along the fence into an arch. This will prevent small critters from climbing the fence to get into the garden.

This should leave you with a 3-foot garden fence; 1 foot of wire buried, 1 foot arched, and 3 feet in the middle.

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