Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fence For Flower Beds

The type of flower fence depends on what purpose it will serve.

Decorative fences designed to provide an attractive border for a flower bed are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Your choice largely depends on the design you find pleasing and the function you want the fence to provide. If you have a problem with pets or other critters trolling through your garden, a taller fence can also act as a barrier. Ultimately, you want to put a fence that acts as a border while adding to the beauty of your garden, rather than subtracting from it by hiding too many of the blooms. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Choose a fence. Determine what you need the fence to do: provide decoration, keep your flowers from being mowed with the lawn, keep out small children or keep out critters. Border fences are between 12 and 18 inches high, according to The Fence Bible, by Jeff Beneke. The ruler size fence delineates flower bed and the lawn, which protects your flowers from being mowed and adds a decorative touch. The taller fences keep out children and animals.

Some flower fences look like small, white picket fences, others resemble a wrought iron fence, down to their Victorian points. You may also choose form a variety of plastic border fences that protect against weather conditions. Your choice should complement the style of your house.

2. Measure the perimeter of your flower bed. Divide your diameter by six to determine the number of ground stakes you need to sturdy your fence. Fencing stakes and border fences are available at home improvement stores. Gail Damerow, author of Fences of Pastures & Gardens, recommends wooden stakes at least 1 inch in diameter.

3. Mark your fence line with string. Secure the string with rocks or two of your stakes. Measure the part of the border fence you want planted firmly in the ground. Dig a trench equivalent to the measurement of planted fence using your string line as your guide.

4. Position your flower bed fence in the trench. Place your fence so it rests on the front part of the trench. Place your corner stakes. Secure your corner stakes in each end of your perimeter.

5. Tap your stakes into the ground behind your fence. Place the stakes six inches apart all the way along the perimeter to give a uniformed look to your fence. Step back a few feet and view the position of each spike. Once they are all correctly spaced, go back and firmly hammer them in place.

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