increased security using a beautiful new fence
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increased security using a beautiful new fence

I own a landscape supply company and have done fairly well over the years. Until recently, security was never an issue, but then, I had two thefts occur. Someone had stolen mulch and gravel from my supplies. I knew that it was time for me to get serious about increasing security to prevent it from happening a third time. I talked with a fencing contractor about what type of fencing would help improve security without taking away from the pleasant appearance of the grounds. My blog will tell you how we accomplished the increased security using a beautiful new fence.

increased security using a beautiful new fence

Additions to Improve Your Backyard Chain Link Fence & Keep Your Animals Safe

Carter Hopkins

Your backyard chain link fence adds security to your yard, but only to a certain point. If you have animals that live in or play in your backyard, they can be at risk of their escaping to what they think is freedom only to be in danger, or other predatory animals can gain access to them in their backyard space. Here are some additions you can add to your backyard fence to improve its use and keep your animals safe.

Install a Rock-Filled Trench

One of the first ways you can improve your backyard chain link fence is to create a barrier of protection to seal the base of the chain link fence. This stops your animals from escaping under the chain link's edge and keeps animals from entering your backyard, either by digging or squeezing under the links. This can be helpful if you are raising chickens in your yard and allow them to free range through your backyard during the day. Other neighborhood dogs can normally squeeze under chain link to get into your yard for an afternoon chicken snack. 

Install a rock-filled trench barrier beneath the chain link to improve the security of your fence, add to your yard's visual appeal, and prevent the growth of weeds up through your chain links. If you have ever owned a chain link fence, you may know that it can be easy for weeds and grasses to grow up through the links but difficult to clear them from the area. A chicken owner dealing with a similar problems recommends to dig the base trench up to six inches deep and eight to ten inches wide below the chain links and between each of the fence posts. 

If you are installing this trench prior to your chain link fence being installed, it can be easiest to rent a trench digger or similar tool to help you dig the trench versus digging the hole by hand with a shovel. Be sure to install the fence before you pour in and cement the rocks. If your chain link is an existing fence, you can pull the fence down during this excavation process or use a smaller tool to work around the poles and chain link or use the manual shovel method.

Next, fill the trench to overflowing with large-sized rocks, crushed gravel, or similar materials. It is best to use large rock pieces, as they create a more durable barrier along your fence line. Be sure the rocks reach up to and surround the bottom of your chain links to secure them in place. Next, pour bagged concrete over the top of the rocks, filling in the voids around the rocks and to hold them in place. Make sure to push down into the trench any concrete mixture that collects on top of the rocks. 

Last, spray water into the trench to combine with the dry concrete mix. Allow the concrete to set and cure for the package's recommended time frame. 

Install a Dog Fence Height Addition

You can add another addition to your chain link fence to increase its height and to keep your backyard dogs safe from climbing or jumping over its height. This addition is installed onto the top of your chain link fence and creates an overhang that leans into your yard at a 45 degree angle and extends several feet upward.

Creating an overhang extension on your fence that protrudes upward at an angle prevents your dog from climbing up the fence, as it causes them to fall off the fence as they climb upward. This type of extension can be purchased from a local fencing company or online through various retailers that you can install yourself.

Use these tips and ideas to help create a secure backyard space for your animals. To learn more about the process, visit resources like