Happy Wednesday Friends! If you have read my Secret Garden post, you know that my garden is not only my creative space and source of inspiration but has also been a labor of love. I started with rocky soil and that was pretty much it! The labor part was frustrated by my constant need to do damage control after the deer ate the latest plant I had tried that they were not supposed to eat! After seeing them easily hurdle four and even six foot fences, I eventually came to the conclusion that I was going to need a game fence. Had this city girl ever heard of a game fence before moving to the rural Texas hill country? Heck no! Even so, determined to have my Secret Garden, I found a new fence company that agreed to add eight foot game fence to the back and side of my property. It kept the deer out, but wasn't a pretty sight! Have you ever noticed the reed fencing that is in some of my garden photos? Today I am sharing how I used this inexpensive material to upgrade my rural game fence. It could just as easily be added to chain link fence...
If you are not familiar with game fence, here are some examples. I have seen some rustic versions that are quite charming in country acreage. However, I live in a rural neighborhood, so I was looking for something a little more aesthetic with more privacy when I discovered this reed material. My local Home Depot and Lowe's both carry it in 6' x 15' rolls for about $25-$30. I originally bought it and attached it as my budget allowed until it was completed.
You'll need wire; heavy enough to easily work through the reed without being flimsy but not so heavy that it is difficult to work with, and wire cutters. After smoothing the reed against the existing fence, whether it is game fence, chain link or another type you are hoping to upcycle--use cut pieces of wire to attach it, then twist the wire closed. This is not a project for a windy day! The reed will flop all over the place until it is attached. I usually alternate placing wires top, middle and bottom, smoothing as I go until it feels secure.
Above is one of the wires, I have attached, clamped and clipped. After the fencing is attached, I check it after storms or particularly windy weather. Often I catch places I missed this way that need additional securing. Hope this has been helpful DIY friends--thanks so much for stopping by today!