If you’re trying to save money on your garden fence there are many ways to be creative and stick within your budget. It all depends, however, on what you want your fence to do. There are as many garden fence ideas as there are gardens.

If it’s just for the sheer aesthetic value making a cheap garden fence is very achievable. But, if you plan to secure your home, like Fort Knox, you may have to fork out a few dollars.

Some of the best garden fence ideas are created, not by landscapers, but by DIYers trying to save a dollar or two. Take a look around your city or suburb and take note of some of the elements that are used in everyday life; timber, glass, concrete and metals – to name a few. So here are a few fence ideas to help inspire those creative juices.

rustic garden fence ideas

Rustic Wooden Garden Fence Ideas

This wooden fence is high on the aesthetic value and low on the security side. It’s an easy job for an DIY landscaper to construct in a spare weekend. Depending on your location, sourcing the materials shouldn’t be hard. In most cases these can be accessed from your own property or local forest. Even secondhand wood from building sites work well.

white picket fence

Front Garden White Picket Fence

This garden fence is almost an institution especially amongst cottage gardeners. Your budget will dictate what’s possible with erecting a white picket fence. If you’re trying to keep it cheap I would recommend scrounging through demolition, or salvage, yards.

One of the big downsides to picket fences is the constant maintenance. You may be able to buy cheap pickets. However, it would certainly be worth investing in a good exterior paint and using galvanized nails or screws. They will both cost a little more but will save you years on maintaining it.

BTW – picket fences don’t have to be white nor be relegated to the front yard!!

dry stone wall

Dry Stone Wall

If larger rocks can be easily, and cheaply, accessed in your area then consider a dry stone wall. It is possibly the best option for a high security fence within a limited budget. There is no mortar or steel rods to purchase and no footings to be laid. It’s just a matter of positioning your rocks so that the wall interlocks with itself.

The added advantage of a dry stone wall is that once it’s completed there is no further ongoing maintenance. It will last for centuries – if it’s been well constructed.

bamboo garden fence ideas

Bamboo Garden Fence Ideas

Like the dry stone wall, bamboo is easily accessible (try areas where it has become an invasive weed). Therefore, erecting a bamboo fence is also going to be a relatively cheap option. Bamboo is very strong. If the garden fence is constructed well it should offer a high degree of security, and look great.

The bamboo fence is another option that is low in maintenance and won’t require painting or costly oils. If bamboo isn’t available in your area, then brushwood may be worth considering as well. Both types of fence will take some time to tie up but it is much cheaper to do it yourself than buy sheets already prepared.

iron fence

Rusty Iron Fence

The beauty of garden fences is the ability to hide them with creepers and climbing plants. Thus, you can easily source old rusty iron fencing from a salvage yard and then hide it as you allow your creeping plants to grow over it. An iron fence like this should offer some privacy and also a high level of security. Plus, once it’s grown over will also prove to be incredibly aesthetic.

This is also another low maintenance garden fence and you may even decide to allow some of it to show between your plants to add to the effect.

brick garden fence ideas

Brick Garden Fence Ideas

A brick fence can be one of the cheapest yet high security garden fence options on offer by using recycled bricks. Unlike the dry stone wall you will need to also purchase and mix up some mortar to hold them together but this shouldn’t be too expensive. If you’re worried about how high to build your brick fence check out this post on the legal fence height.

Leaving the gaps in the fence like this will compromise whether you’re after privacy or a cheap fence. If you would rather more fence privacy then make the gaps smaller or non-existent. Otherwise, relish in the knowledge that you saved yourself some extra bucks.

bottle fence

Bottle Garden Fence

For a slightly more eccentric look you could construct a bottle fence. From the street this type of fence looks like a wall of bottles. It needs to be glued together with mortar to form an impenetrable garden fence. If you have an abundance of large bottles then this is not only a cheap option, but also a very easy one.

You also have the ability to make patterns in the wall with different coloured glass bottles. Adding some paint to the mortar joints, or using a pigmented mortar, will achieve extra aesthetic value.

Are there any that I’ve missed? How did you save money on your garden fence?

Looking for More Garden Fence Ideas?

If you just need some visual inspiration take a look at this Pinterest board I created full of garden fence ideas. Feel free to suggest more pins so that the board can continue growing for all users.