I’ve tried several methods of staking down the bottom of our garden fencing to close gaps and keep out the teenage bunnies and other small critters with a real talent for finding those low spots. Nothing ever worked very well until I stumbled upon this simple little trick.
Take a sharpened stake – a 12″ piece of split Hemlock kindling works perfectly – and drive it in firmly next to the low spot. Then go around to the other side of the fence, stretch it downward until the gap closes (you may have to use 2 or 3 stakes if the gap’s long), and screw in a 1″ sheet rock screw, hooking the fence wire under it. With a cordless drill or screwdriver this takes less time than you can type it.
It’s ‘stupidly simple’, and puts the fencing right where you want it, very accurately. No cutting saw kerfs or hatchet gashes that later split out of your stake.
Just another one of those silly little things you pick up along the way that make you say ‘duh, why did I never think of that before?’…