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Question DetailsAsked on 5/4/2015

How much to build a 11 by 9 foot (perimeter of 40) and 3 foot tall fence?


I got an outside pond which is 11 foot long by 9 foot wide, so a perimeter of 40. I want to build a fence around it. I don’t care what the fence is made of, but it has to be solid for about 1.5 foot and the other 1.5 foot can be with small holes in which no toads can get in. in total the fence will be 3 feet high. What is an average quote for this? Thanks

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For toads, unless extremely large cobbly ground or bedrock, you will have to extend the fence at least 6 inches into the ground - more if soft digging, because toads will dig quite a ways to get to water. Also, hate to break your bubble, but some varieties of toads can climb pretty much any surface that is not absolutely smooth - I have seen them climbing smooth-bark trees and going into an attic after bird eggs/chicks by climbing up rough siding by wedging against the edge trim boards, Also had snakes doing the same thing - i can tell you it is slightly freaky when a snake drops down out of the attic through a kitchen cabinet right in your face ! So, a wire or wood fence will likely not keep them out. And of course many types of frogs can go up pretty much anything - even glass.

Googling and quickly scanning a few sites, sheet metal 10-20" high (depending on species) is recommended several places to keep out most species of toads. Of course, you have to be careful to conceal/smooth sharp edges so people don't get injured, and will undoubtedly want to paint it some natural color.

have you thought about getting a pet snake ? Although if this is a problem, I don't doubt you will get a wild one as a yard resident in short order - a consideration about the water feature if in an area without easy water availablility because it will attract rodents too, and hence snakes for sure unless you are too high or too far north for snakes.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Got cut off before I finished - if you can identify what kind of toads you have, your Coopearative Extension Service might be able to help - or google for whether they can clinb or not. If not, sediment control fence (plastic mesh) or galvanized hardware cloth (like heavy duty bug screening wire) will work well - but (especially the hardware cloth) make excellent climbing material for those that can climb - as well as for rodents like mice and rats trying to get at the water, if the only (or easiest) local source of water.

Cost - maybe a couple hundred range with sediment control or landscape fabric (which does not last anywhere near as long), more like probably $300-400 range with hardware cloth or similar metal fencing. Either easy to do yourself with metal fence posts (watch out for utility lines - get locates) and wire to tie it - or wood posts and big staples if using a plastic fence fabric.

Smooth metal would be MUCH more - probably more on order of $500 I would guess, as the metal itself (galvanized flashing roll) runs about $1/SF, so that would be $120 just for the metal, without painting, posts, fasteners, or labor. Still a DIY job with 2 people, with well-embedded wood posts and using fneder washered sheet metal screws to attach it.

PS - don't forget to provide a way in and out, and of course if you want to SEE the pond the fence needs to be well back fromthe edge.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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