If you have chickens, then you know they like to get in your gardens and scratch away looking for tasty bugs. That’s where this fence comes in handy. On the back side of our STORM/ GARDEN, we have a BLUEBERRY PATCH. The blueberry patch is a magnet for weeds so we keep the ground covered with straw to keep the weeds at bay, and it does a great job. Unfortunately, our chickens get in there and toss all the straw into the yard looking for bugs. Errr, but not any more! This fence may not keep the chickens out, but it should keep the straw, where it belongs…. IN OUR BLUEBERRY PATCH.
So, here’s how we did it….
First, we had a huge, and I do mean huge, pile of tree limbs after pruning the trees on the property last spring. Second, we went through the pile and cut up several limbs that were big enough IN DIAMETER and straight enough for the 36″ VERTICAL POSTS. We then hammered them into the ground while keeping them evenly spaced apart, about 32″. Then, we reclaimed the metal archways we took off an old kids trampoline we got for free from a friend.
We hammered the metal poles into the ground and tied them off to the wooden posts using picture frame wire. Finally, we took several branches, and cut them to size as needed and wove them around the vertical posts. Take note, that we used a FINISH NAILER and an AIR COMPRESSOR to secure the larger horizontal branches to the vertical posts. We could have tied them off using rope or wire, but elected to use the nailer since it was available to us and would make a more secure fence.
Also, it was quite helpful in doing an entire side of fencing all at the same time and NOT one 32″ section at a time. By doing the whole fence at the same time, you are able to get a full view of how the fence pieces will “FLOW” together.
Finally, we want to plant some CLEMATIS, that will grow up and around each archway and we do plan to build gates for both archways out of our pile of branches, but in 100 degree heat, it will have to wait to get done another day.