DIY Garden Enclosure | How to Keep Animals Out of Your Garden | The Home Depot

DIY Garden Enclosure | How to Keep Animals Out of Your Garden | The Home Depot

If you’ve wondered how to keep animals out of your garden, this DIY garden enclosure is for you. Garden fences are great, but this enclosure provides additional safety. For more outdoor ideas see the Gardening Tips and Projects playlist:

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See the Build an Enclosure to Protect Your Garden guide for additional tips along with the tools and materials you’ll need:

Follow along with this guide if you need to rewatch specific steps:
0:19 Lumber you’ll need
0:43 Materials you’ll need
0:58 Tools you’ll need
1:14 Cut and prep lumber
2:56 Make side walls
3:45 Framing front and back walls
4:03 Add mesh or chicken wire
4:16 Add trim to chicken wire or mesh
4:29 Add cross bracing for stability
4:41 Make raised beds
4:57 Make the door
5:38 Add door hinges and handle

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  1. lola0600 on October 12, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I really like this, looks easy with two people building it. The only thing I would do differently is to add the chicken to the upper sides all around and on the roof part, otherwise how are you going to keep out squirrel and rabbits? Now I know that rabbits may not climb that high to get in the opening at the top, but the squirrel most definitely can, that is why I would enclose the whole structure w/o the chicken with chicken wire

  2. Caley Hand on October 12, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Unfortunately this setup will not deter my ground squirrels. They will just climb up the wood post, over the chicken wire, and down into the garden. As it is, I believe the chicken wire will also allow small squirrels and field mice to enter through it. Best to use fine mesh netting all around, and over the top to prevent just about all critters, including harmful insects. You would need more 1×2′ cross pieces to provide support against high wind for the fine mesh netting. The edges of the netting will also have to be firmly sealed to prevent intrusion of ground insects crawling between the wood and fine mess netting. I live in the high desert, and the critters around here are very persistent and will always find ways to enter into a structure that has food or water. It is nearly impossible to prevent some intrusion of these critters.

  3. Teri on October 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    What are the finished measurements? Is this an 8×8 enclosure?

  4. The Lost One on October 12, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Just remember that wood is treated with chemicals for preservation. The impact from leeching may be negligible, but something to remember when making vegetable beds.

  5. Brian Kennedy on October 12, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I wouldn’t use pressure treated lumber around a vegetable garden. I prefer to keep my chemically treated wood and my food separated.

  6. InfamousGamer on October 12, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    What is the final cost?

  7. Rmit Sharma on October 12, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Amazing video!

  8. Maxima on October 12, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Why doesnt that house of gutters….can you say foundation issues due to water

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