How to Install a Fox-Proof Fence

Below you will find a step by step guide on how to install a fox-proof fence.


  • Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 Days
  • Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Shovel, Hammer, Wire Cutters
  • Materials Required: Fox Proof Fencing, Staples / Cable Ties, Pegs, Wooden Fence Posts, Fence Overhang Brackets

STEP 1) Digging a Trench


  • Use the shovel to dig a trench around the perimeter to a 5cm depth and a 30-60cm width.


STEP 2) Placing the Fence Posts


  • Place your wooden fence posts to an even distance of about 2-2.5 meters for effective fox-proofing.
  • Make sure you have one at each corner of the area.
  • Hammer the posts to a minimum depth of 30 centimeters into the ground.


STEP 3) First Section With an Overhang and ‘L’ Shape Below Ground


  • Take a piece of wire mesh long enough to cover the distance between the first two corner posts. Bend 30-60 cm at the bottom of the mesh in an ‘L’ shape pointing outward, in the direction of the foxes.
  • Bend the top 50 cm of the mesh to a 45 degree angle, creating an outward facing overhang.
  • Secure the section to the corner posts using staples (or cable ties for a quick fix).


STEP 4) Continuing on the Other Sides

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  • Repeat the steps above on the other sides of the area.
  • Secure the mesh to all intermediate posts. Pull the fence taut against each post and use the staples every 15 centimeters.
  • Make sure to staple the wires loosely so that the fence can move a little on impact and temperature changes.


STEP 5) Securing the Flap to the Ground


  • Use pegs to secure the flap to the soil. 
  • This will help keep the section of mesh fixed to the ground and prevent foxes from digging it up.
  • Staple them right at the 90 degree angle and at the outside edge of the flap at about every 60 centimeters.


STEP 6) Finishing Touches


  • Use wire cutters to remove any excess mesh.
  • Check for any gaps in the fencing to make sure you get the best fox proofing results.
  • Cover the outside flap with soil or mulch to hide it.
  • That’s it, you have now successfully fox-proofed your garden!

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