How to Build a Picket Flower Bed Fence

What You'll Need
1 x 3 pressure treated lumber 8 foot lengths
Measuring square
Circular saw
Tape measure
Cordless drill
Wood screws
Exterior grade white paint
2 1/2 inch latex paint brush
Countersink bit
Safety glasses

A picket flower bed fence is a perfect way to spruce up your flower bed.  Not only do these wooden fences provide an attractive highlight, they also help keep unwanted critters out of your flowers.  Their simple, classic design is an easy project for a novice handyman to tackle.

To build a picket flower bed fence you’ll need the following tools and materials listed below:


Step 1 – Cut the Individual Pieces

Start by building individual sections that are 4 feet in length and 18 inches high.  To begin, first cut two 4 foot lengths of 1x3 to serve as the top and bottom runners.  Next, cut several 1x3 pieces that are 18 inches for the center pickets.  Then cut a few more at 24 inches to serve as the end pickets for your fence.  To get the classic look of a picket fence you’ll need to cut a point on the top of each 1x3.  You can do this by taking one piece and marking out the angle with your measuring square.  Than mark out each of the remaining pieces using the first piece as a template.  This will ensure that each point is symmetrical with the one adjacent to it.  Then just make the cuts using your circular saw.

Step 2 – Assemble the Fence Sections

 Start by taking the two horizontal runners and laying them on a work surface.  Next, take two 24 inch vertical pieces and make a line 6 inches from the bottom on each.  Using your circular saw cut the bottom of each to a point, which will allow you to anchor the section. On one side install the vertical piece flush with the end of the horizontal runners.  The picket on the other will extend 1 inch past the end of the runner.  When constructing the next section, the horizontal runner will extend past the picket by 1 inch.  Once the end pieces have been set you can install the other vertical pieces in-between.  Remember to keep the distance between each vertical piece even for a symmetrical look.  The individual pickets can be fastened in place using the cordless drill and wood screws.

Step 3 –Install the Fence Sections

Anchor each section of flower bed fence in the topsoil.  Then fasten the two sections at the point where the overhanging picket lays flush on the overhanging runner.  After you've installed all the sections of your flower bed fence use the wood putty to fill in the voids left by the countersinking of the screw heads.

Step 4 – Paint the Fence

It's a good idea to apply two coats of exterior grade paint to your flower bed fence to extend its life.  In most cases, white is the color of choice since it provides a nice contrast against the colors of your flowers.  Make sure to sand any escess wood putty before applying the paint with a 2 1/2 inch latex brush.