A garden that receives attention and care will thrive. To set it apart from the rest of the yard, build a fence around it. This structure will deter rabbits and other critters from nibbling, keeping the veggies safe. Use pre-assembled panels to determine the garden dimensions so cutting will be minimized. Painting the fence makes the area attractive so it becomes a focal point of the yard.
You will need:
• Circular saw
• Tape measure
• Cordless drill
• Staple gun
• Wire snips
• 42” x 96” picket fencing
• 4” x 4” weather-treated deck post (leave squared off or top with a finial)
• 1” x 2”, 8’ lumber
• 1” x 2” x 8’ treated board
• 1” x 1” furring strips
• 25” chicken wire
• Eight 1 5/8” deck screws
• Metal post holders (should extend at least 30 inches into ground)
• Exterior paint
• Exterior primer
• Paint brush
Step 1: Determine where to horizontally divide the picket fencing. Use a section of straight lumber and the pencil to mark a line for cutting. Use the circular saw to cut off decorative areas on the fence slats.
Step 2: Before cutting the panels in half, reinforce them the eight-foot strips of 1” x 2” lumber. Place these strips eight to 12 inches from the existing horizontal rails, or alter this to accommodate design of the fence panel. Use the deck screws to fasten the strips. Rest the panels on two four-by-fours to elevate them for cutting.
Step 3: Use the circular saw to horizontally cut the panel. Prior to assembling the fence, apply the exterior primer to the wood using the paintbrush and let it dry. Each wood element should be treated with two to three coats of primer.
Step 4: Use the sledgehammer to drive the post holders into the ground. Cut each post to the desired height using the circular saw.
Step 5: Slide the posts into the holders and tighten the base screws. Use the furring strips to make braces. Fasten these to panels between the posts, using the deck screws.
Step 6: Paint the fence the desired color, using multiple coats, if necessary. Allow paint to dry. With the staple gun, staple the chicken wire to the panels, keeping 8 to 10 inches on the ground. Cover this excess wire with mulch.