Build an Enclosure to Protect Your Garden

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Introduction

Build a sturdy enclosure in your yard to protect your delicate garden from pests.

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Step 1

Side Walls

On a flat, level surface, lay the 4 x 4 posts out and attach the 2 x 4 board and 2 x 6 board to the top and bottom with 3-inch wood screws and exterior glue. Attach to the center a 2 x 4 x 72 piece on edge. Adjust for square by taking diagonal measurements and making sure the two measurements match.

Build two side walls.

Step 2

Front/Back Walls & wall framing

Use 3-inch wood screws and exterior wood glue to attach the 2 x 4 piece to top and 2 x 6 piece to bottom to create the front and back wall framing. Adjust for square by taking diagonal measurements.

Attach remaining 2 x 4 x 72 on edge to front and back walls, 24 inches from the 4 x 4 corner posts.

Step 3

Mesh/Chicken Wire &  TRIM

Wrap the bottom exposed 4 feet of the enclosure in chicken wire or mesh, securing with staples. Leave opening for door between 2 x 4 x 72 long. 

Over top of the mesh or chicken wire, attach remaining 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 boards with 3-inch exterior screws and exterior wood glue.

Step 4

Cross Bracing & raised beds

Ensure the enclosure is square. Then attach cross supports to insides of project with 2.5-inch exterior wood screws and exterior glue.

Attach 38-inch 2 x 6 boards to inside of 96-inch 2 x 6 boards to create raised beds. 2 x 12 boards can also be used. Use 2.5-inch exterior screws.

 

Step 5

Door Frame & door Cross support

Attach 1 x 2s to top and bottom of 2 x 4 boards to create door frame. Use 2.5-inch exterior wood screws. Check and adjust door frame for square.

Lay cross support board over door frame. Mark with a pencil. Cut off ends with a circular saw or jigsaw.

 

Step 6

DOOR MESH OR CHICKEN WIRE

Staple mesh or chicken wire to the door frame.

Step 7

Door Trim

Attach 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 door trim to the door frame with 2.5-inch screws. Also attach cross support.

Step 8

Door Hinges

Attach door to enclosure with gate hinges.

Materials

 

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  • Lumber (Exterior grade lumber recommended
  • 4 – 4 x 4 x 72-inch
  • 3 – 2 x 4 x 144-inch (cut the 72-inch long 2 x 4s from these)
  • 13 – 2 x 4 x 96-inch 
  • 14 – 2 x 6 x 96-inch
  • 1 – 1 x 2 x 72-inch 
  • 3-inch and 2.5-inch exterior decking screws 
  • 32 feet of 48-inch width chicken wire or mesh
  • Staples for attaching chicken wire

CUT LIST

  • Frame
    • 4 – 4 x 4 x 72-inch
    • 6 – 2 x 4 x 72-inch
    • 7 – 2 x 4 x 96-inch
    • 7 – 2 x 6 x 96-inch
    • 2 – 2 x 6 x 30.5-inch
    • 2 – 2 x 4 x 30.5-inch
    • 8 – 2 x 4 x 31-inch – Long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, NOT parallel
  • Raised Bed
    • 4 – 2 x 6 x 96-inch 
    • 4 – 2 x 6 x 38-inch
  • Door
    • 2 – 2 x 4 x 46-inch 
    • 2 – 1 x 2 x 33.5-inch 
    • 1 – 2 x 4 x 53-inch 
    • 1 – 2 x 4 x 33.5-inch 
    • 1 – 2 x 6 x 33.5-inch

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