Three Unusual Garden Fences You Can Build

Posted on: 18 February 2015

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Garden fences keep critters out and add a rustic touch to your garden at the same time, but you don't need to purchase expensive fencing for the garden. You can use a variety of leftover building supplies to create an attractive fence for raised beds or small garden areas. Check out these three quick fence projects you can make in a few hours and enjoy all summer.

Garden Hose Fence

This adorable woven fence is perfect for borders around beds of herbs or flowers and is made from reclaimed garden hoses -- you know, the ones with those pesky leaks -- and ordinary garden stakes. (You could, of course, cut your own stakes from saplings or branches, or slice old 2 by 4's to size for the stakes.) If your old garden hoses are different sizes and colors, decide on the pattern you want to create before you begin. You may wish to alternate colors, adding them in graduated shades of green and yellow, or go with a mishmash of colors for a whimsical effect. Here's how to make it:

  1. Space the stakes four to six inches apart around the perimeter of the bed.
  2. Drive the stakes into the soil so they are secure. You can pack dirt around them and tamp it down for additional support.
  3. Weave old garden hose in and out around the perimeter to create the first layer of the fence.
  4. Repeat the process until your border is the desired height.
  5. Tie off the hose with plastic ties.

Chicken Wire And Wooden Pickets

This fence is ideal for fencing in a raised bed to ward off garden pests and add a little style to the bed. It combines the beauty of wooden pickets with the practicality of mesh fence for deterring unwanted guests. It won't keep out raccoons, deer or groundhogs, of course, but it will deter bunny rabbits and other small rodents from dining on your fresh veggies. Here's how you make it.

  1. Unroll a roll of wooden picket fencing and lay it flat on the ground. 
  2. Unroll the chicken wire, laying it on top of the wooden fencing. You will need a helper to keep it from rolling up as you work.
  3. Align the smooth finished edge of the chicken wire with the top of the pickets.
  4. Staple the chicken wire to the fence slats.
  5. Trim any excess wire at the bottom of the fence with wire cutters. You don't need to worry about rough edges, as this edge will be resting at or below the surface of the soil.
  6. Erect the fence around the perimeter of your raised bed or garden bed. 

Bed Frame Fence

This quick fence is a twist on the assembled bed frame flower bed. Although it uses the same supplies, namely parts of old bed frames scavenged from flea markets or salvage yards, in this project they become a wrought iron fence instead of a flower bed. Here's what you need to know.

  1. Collect old wrought iron headboards and footboards until you have enough to fill the perimeter of your garden.These do not need to be identical, but should be approximately the same height. You could use taller headboards at the back of the garden and those with matching heights for the sides.
  2. Sand down the frames to remove the old paint. You can leave them as is, if you prefer the weathered look.
  3. Paint the frames with an outdoor paint. White gives a dramatic effect to your garden, while bright blues, purples and yellows add a whimsical touch. 
  4. Position the frames around the garden and anchor them to garden stakes made from reclaimed building supplies, such as rebar stakes.
  5. Secure them with wire or zip ties.

Find out here that making your own decorative fence for the garden can be a lot of fun and it doesn't need to be expensive. When you keep your eyes open, you may be surprised at the treasures you find in that pile of leftover building supplies.