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
- 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!