So you have started your garden and everything seems to be going well. Your plants are growing strong and providing you with the most luscious fruits and vegetables every. The soil is well balanced and your compost pile is good for months to come. Oh wait…it looks like we have something eating our carrots. I decided to set up a camera over night and low and behold I had a rabbit sneaking in there when I wasn’t looking. I didn’t want to poison that cute little critter but I did need to keep him out. I decided to invest in garden fencing and avoid calling a Richmond fence company. I did some research and I found this great picket fence plan that I could build with a tight metal grating behind that wouldn’t allow that rabbit to enter. By placing the metal grating behind, we will be able to still display the beautiful aesthetics of the picket fence.
The first thing you must do is measure the perimeter of your garden. In our case, we have a perimeter of 60 feet with 18t feet on two of the sides and 12 feet on the other two sides. When measuring the perimeter you are also hammering in stakes with string attached to each so you have a guide for where your posts and fence will go.
Pre-fabricated fences make the job a lot easier, but if you feel like your up to the task then continue on. Your next step is to start digging the holes for the 4×4 cedar posts to be placed in. First Dig the 4 corner holes to 2ft deep and 8inches wide. From those holes, measure 6 feet in and dig another hole. The 12-foot sides should have one in the middle and the 18-foot sides should have two.
Drop 4 inches of gravel in each hole, place the 8ft cedar posts in the center base of the whole, then surround with dry concrete and tamp down after confirming the posts are level. The dry concrete will solidify with the grounds moisture.
Cut your 2X4 to 6ft so that each rail butts with the next one. The upper rail should be 36 inches from the bottom and the lower rail should be 12 inches from the ground.
Now it’s time to install the pickets. The base of each picket should be 2 inches from the ground, making sure that each is evenly spaced between each other. It helps to have a level board beneath for the pickets to sit on and someone holding a board on top to ensure that they are level.
On one side of the fence make sure to cut away for a door and install 2 hinges. On the other side of the door, you can install a locking mechanism to get in and out of.
When all the pickets are placed and you have your door ready, you can now level off the tops of the cedar posts. Measure up and inch above the pickets tops and cut off. Now you can install the finial caps for a more beautiful look.
Paint or stain the fence to your liking. When the paint is dry, staple on the metal grating so that little rabbit can’t get in anymore. Now you can sit back and enjoy your new garden fence.