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Anyone got some creative fencing ideas?

 i'm looking to plant an herb garden in my yard, but my dogs are absolute rascals.the bed has a small cement ring around the base, so i'm not worried about them digging under, but i need a clever way to keep them from trampling the herbs. any suggestions? i'm dirt poor, so cheaper is better, but it's in the front yard, so i suppose it should look nice, too.

 Hello,

Before you build anything that actually involves any effort you could try this:

I made a flower bed that is 18 inches from the back gate and directly in front of it. The dogs always run frantically from the gate over this patch.
After making the flower bed I simply pushed some twigs and branches into the soil in front and behind, (Some of them both ends to make an arch.) It took about three minutes.

One dog is a massive labrador and the other is a terrier that will run through anything to get to what it wants.
Anyhoo,  it works; they run; they hesitate;  they go around.

It may not work for you but its worth a go; and if it does you have an easy solution.

Good Luck

FOH


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 Very hard to photograph thin sticks but honestly, there are arches at the back and they do stop my dogs.
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An alternative idea I used in my gardens is the 'Scarecrow Sprinkler". You can google to find the product. If your herb garden is in an area that you dont have to walk through all the time then this motion detector based watersprayer, hooked up to a garden hose will do wonders for you. Dogs, birds and deer hate it. Fun for the kids, too. Costs about $50. Much cheaper and easier then a fence.
inzan4 years ago
i've just made a vertical herb garden out of pop bottles.
well cider bottles they were more fun to drink.
dig a trench cut the top off and bottom of the bottles.
insert  in trench fill with earth insert next bottle and fill and so on.
if dirt poor use top,s of  bottles as nuts and bolts or duct tape.

gnomelover4 years ago
what I did was actually two different things.
1 was to use pallets I found .Put standing next to each other and nail together. Then attach end pieces on 90 deg and do the same on other side if you need to encircle . I was also told about using guttering that is attached to fencing at 3-4 foot height . It works quite well for herb gardens and also inhibits weeds.That would be for like next time. Hope this helps you out . : D
An alligator filled mote usually helps in these situations. After the first dog goes in and doesn't come out, the others will learn fast. Also it'll have the added bonus of being a burglary deterrent.
YakAttack4 years ago
find some public property with bamboo growing, cut it up and shove it into the ground in regular intervals. 

Perchance vary the angles they make to the ground to give it some artistic appeal/pattern.
Since it seems to already have a good visual boundary, you can train your dogs to not go inside of it.  Sit outside with an airhorn, and every time they enter, blow the horn which is unpleasant and startling.  Soon they'll realize that going inside the herb garden isn't such a fun thing at all.
 
onrust4 years ago
Orange plastic construction fence. www.utilitysafeguard.com/Marking-Barrier-Products/Construction-Barrier-Fence/
Then you can use pipe or rebar at what ever intervals you need to fit your dogs.

paganwonder4 years ago
When I was at university and had no money I built a fence for my roommate's dog out of pallets.  I carefully pulled the pallets apart and was able to build an attractive picket fence using only the wood salvaged from the pallets- it was a front yard fence.   (I even managed to rig a gate without buying any hardware). 

Check out the pallet projects on this site for some ideas for pulling pallets apart- ( I am currently helping my kids build a treehouse from pallets and I would say the most important tool to use for pulling pallets apart is  Patience! )
kelseymh4 years ago
I guess high-voltage spikes, every six inches, are right out.