Tips To Help You Install And Use Your Chain Link Fence To Protect Your Garden And Help It Grow
A chain link fence around your garden is a great way to protect your garden vegetables and provide a growth support for some plants, while the open weave of the chain link allows as much sunlight as possible to reach your plants. As you plan and install your garden chain link fence, here are some tips to help you complete its installation to provide protection and support to your plants.
Position and Install the Fence Posts
First, decide where you want to install your garden chain link fence to secure your garden. If you already have a garden plot, mark the area around your garden, using spray paint, to show where the corner posts will be set. If you don't already have a garden plot, decide where you want it and mark the fence corner posts accordingly.
If your garden is set next to your property line, measure and set any neighboring fence posts four inches inside your property and away from the property line. This is to keep the concrete footings from encroaching into your neighbor's property. If you install your fence and set your fence posts in your neighbor's yard, your neighbor can make you remove them.
Dig each corner post hole 18 to 24 inches deep and at least eight inches wide. Then, fill the bottom of each post hole with four inches of gravel to help give the post stability. When installing a post hole into the ground without gravel, the soil beneath the concrete-covered post can erode away from water runoff, causing your post to loosen and your fence to be unstable.
Next, place your fence post into the hole and pour dry concrete mix into the hole. Use a level to make sure your post is set in the ground straight. Using your shovel, build the concrete around the base of the post so it slopes away from the post. When the concrete sets, this will allow water to run away from the fence post and into the surrounding soil. Add water into the concrete-filled post hole, using your garden hose.
After you have the corner terminal posts installed, then you will space and install the line posts between the corners. Make sure to keep the distance between each fence post spaced evenly and under ten feet apart. Allow the posts to set and cure for 48 hours.
Install the Fence Tight and Secure
Building a chain link fence around your garden will protect it from neighborhood animals that may dig up or eat your plants. Select the height of your chain link fence to keep out any animals living in your area. For example, if you have wild rabbits that feast on your garden, a standard fence height of four feet will do for your garden. But if you have deer or other large animals in your area that are able to jump over a four-foot tall fence, choose a fence height of six or ten-feet.
When it is time to hang the chain link onto the metal posts, make sure to use fence pullers to tighten the mesh to connect it to each post as you install it. Besides keeping your garden secure from animals, installing your mesh as tightly as possible will provide a tightly-woven support that your garden vine plants can grow upon. Some garden plants, such as pole beans and peas, can grow into long vines. If you plant these types of vegetables along the fence line inside your garden, their tendrils will attach and grow, climbing up your fence, making it easier for you to harvest them. And the vine plants turn your chain link fence into a green growing fence during the late summer.
Next, make sure you install a tension wire along the bottom of your garden fence. This will keep the bottom edge of your chain link fence tight along the ground line and prevent smaller animals from pushing under your chain link fencing. Install the wire to each line post, threading it through the bottom links of the fence.
These tips can help you install your garden chain link fence to protect and help its growth.