Garden fencing seems to be a necessity on the homestead, especially if you live on a homestead that is frequently visited by animals of the wild. If you had to install fencing then you already know how expensive it can be. As a homesteader on 15 acres of rural property and living close to a national forest, fencing is a must-have.
But fencing to keep out wildlife is not the only fencing we use. We also use garden fencing all around our homestead for both decoration and functional purposes.
In this post, I am going to share the garden fencing we have constructed, show its uses, and even tell you how you can do the same on your property or homestead.
Garden Fencing Ideas
Pallets are like gold to us here. We have used pallets for everything from signs to gates to cabinet doors and of course garden fencing. As a matter of fact, when we ran out of metal gates at our guest house, we made the gate from pallets.
Simple Pallet Gate
- One regular size pallet
- a saw
- a set of hinges
- a latch
- You can use the pallet as is as long as it is the appropriate size for your opening. We made our opening the size of the pallet we had for ease of convenience.
- Attach the hinges to the pallet and then to the pole on one side of the opening. Make sure your pallet swings the way you want it to.
- Attach the latch to the side you feel is more useful. For us, that meant the latch was inside the yard.
We wanted to have the opening much smaller so we cut some old privacy fence panels down and nailed them to the outside of the gate to make the gate “chihuahua escape-proof” and Voila! You can paint, stain, or leave your gate natural.
Then my man brought home long pallets from a landscaping supply yard he had worked for previously. They were pretty heavy and took us a whole day to unload them and a whole day to recover from unloading them.
Because I love the rural look of country fences, I decided to use a few of these pallets to recreate our own version behind my tiny house.
To make this fence we simply removed the bottom post of the pallet, cut the legs straight and at the same length, then attached them to fence posts. I loved how it turned out! Here is the finished fence.
Pallet Herb Garden
With some shorter pallets we had had laying around, we built garden fencing for a small herb garden. This project was super easy as we simply screwed the pallets together and left an opening. I have not decided if I want a fence or not yet, but I did add some planter boxes to the three sides for extra planting space.
Using Privacy Fence
People often get rid of their old privacy fence panels when they break or are simply too old. I see them on Craigslist and OfferUp all the time for free. Since we own a landscaping business we get an abundance of old fence panels and poles.
Since we love to reuse materials, we used the old panels and made some garden fencing for the front of my naturalization garden. For this project, we used the cut-off pieces from the new panels we installed and built a short knee-high fence. We simply drove some stakes in at the end of each panel splitting the difference between the 2 panels and nailed each panel to the posts.
We also have used some of the actual panels to cover an old bathtub for my herb garden. We attached a board to the top of the tub, measure to the ground, and cut the panels to length. As we cut each panel, we screwed the panel to the board. I love how it turned out! It has that rustic feel.
Using Trees as Garden Fencing
We have also used small skinny trees that we removed from the wooded area beside the house because they were not getting enough sun and needed to be removed. The long skinny trunks were perfect for some garden fencing in the front of our guest house. We just set some thicker trunks for poles and screwed the smaller trunks to them. I love how it turned out. When they fall apart we will just replace them. No money out at all.
Garden fencing does not have to be expensive! It can be free if you are resourceful and repurpose what you already have. Adding some metal field fence to your garden fencing can also be a great help if you are trying to keep critters out or dogs and kids in.
So get out in the yard, look around and come up with some creative garden fencing for your homestead today!