Fences may not necessarily make good neighbors, but they do offer privacy to your living space. Fences can act as a windbreak and provide a microclimate for some of your delicate plants right next to it. They are useful for keeping dogs and other pets out of your entertainment space. Or you could use one to demarcate an inner area in your garden from a larger outer area or to divide off a cut flower garden or a play area.
The uses of fences are many, and so are the requirements for building them. So when you think of making one, pick the type that meets your needs and resources best. What is common to all fences is the vertical support or posts needed to keep them in place. The height of the posts more or less determines the height of the fence. And the way you fix them into the ground decides the strength and stability of the whole structure.
Let’s look at a few easy, DIY fences:
1. Wattle fence
This rustic-looking fence has a history as old as the sword-wielding knights of the Middle Ages. And to make this one you need nothing much other than some pruners and a mallet by way of tools. Well, you could use a machete or even a sturdy pair of clippers in place of the sword.
We are using rebars as vertical posts and thin branches, or “wattle” to go between them. This is a great project to use up all those branches you get while pruning your trees and shrubs.
- Pre-cut rebars sections 3 feet long.
- Freshly cut, pliable, plant branches 4 feet or longer.
- Rebar caps.
Mark the location of the fence using a long cord or garden hose. It can be a straight line or a more organic shape. Using the mallet, drive half a foot of the rebars into the ground at intervals of 1 foot to 1 ½ feet. Fix the caps on the rebars.