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Building a Child-friendly Fence In Your Garden

While you are renovating your backyard or doing your annual decking preparation, why not secure the garden four your kids at the same time?  Kids can often climb fences pretty easily, especially the kids with a never-ending supply of determination (which is pretty much all of them!). For example, there are off-the-shelf temporary fences (usually made of mesh that are tied to metal stakes) that are secured in the ground. This means they can easily be pulled, bent or stretched, so the children can crawl under it or through it. This happens because parents forget to secure a bottom rain, a crucial part when it comes to keeping children on the right side of the fence.

The same goes for many children’s safety gates, fences and screens. These are often not secured in permanently. The good thing about this is that they can be removed later when the child no longer needs it. But they are not recommended for parents much anymore, as they are insufficient at keeping children on the right side. Some can be climbed and others can be pushed and bent out of place, during the period when the children are still learning to treat things with respect.

It seems it’s time to make your own fence, in order to keep children safe and out of certain spots, don’t you think?! 

The better option that has the right safety features is a DIY fence. Follow these steps to create a child-safe fence: 

  1. Start by fencing off the designated area by placing posts at the corners, and then you can subdivide the space that is in between the posts, so there is no more than six feet between the corner posts and the additional posts you put in.
  2. Place your four by four posts in their spot and, if the fence is only going to be used temporarily, you can simply bury the posts into the soil that is below the frost line. You can find out where this line is by contacting the local planning department or you can use a spiked post anchor and anchor it is another option. If you want the fence to be more permanent fixture them the posts need to be anchored into concrete and be buried under the frost line.
  3. Now you can build a rectangle using some two by fours that are placed less than four feet apart from the ones forming the side rails of the panel. For a six-foot panel, you need a vertical two by four that is centred in the frame and gives enough rigidity. Now you have a robust frame that you can attach something like wooden lattice or sheets of tin to. You can attach the panels to the posts using screws or nails. If you choose to go with wood, make sure you paint it with traditional decking oil to protect it. The gate can be used simply, like a two by four frame of about four foot in width, that is attached to some posts with hinges. A homemade fence that is made like this should deter children and stop those determined to climb it! The bottom rail will also prevent the child from pulling and crawling underneath

The top rail will perform a similar function by being sturdy enough that it can prevent a child from pulling it out of shape so they can climb over it. 

It is sturdy enough that it can hold a latch and lock on the gate rather than the normal, basic hook and eye closures. There are more designs and ways to create a childproof fence that you can research on the internet which is more stable and reliable than the ones you buy at the baby shops or hardware stores.

Remember that your child’s safety has to come first, do it’s important to childproof your whole house – not just the garden. 

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