Our current dog-and-kid containment force field in the back yard consists of a simple plastic deer fence with a strand of PetGuard Invisible Fence run through the bottom of the plastic mesh. The deer fence alone isn’t enough to keep the dogs from weaseling through underneath, and the invisible fence by itself isn’t enough to keep them in the yard when they’re excited enough to run right through the discomfort zone, but the combination is surprisingly effective–the deer fence keeps them from running through the wire, and the invisible fence keeps them from just slipping underneath the fence.
That said, I have been tasked by the Lady of the Castle with looking into a more sturdy and permanent solution. I had professional fence builders out here, and they quoted me $6,000 and change for a 250-ft. mesh fence, mostly because the lay of the land and the granite slab underneath much of the yard requires a whole lot of drilling. I have no experience with fence-building, but I’m not entirely ecstatic about the idea of writing yet another check for $LUDICROUS_AMOUNT to yet another contractor, so I’d like to get something in place by myself.
To those of you who know a thing or two about fences and the building thereof: Is the DIY route feasible in this case? And if so, what kind of fence would you run around an uneven downhill slope with a big-ass granite slab sitting underneath most of it? I have anywhere from a few feet to a few inches of dirt on top of the bedrock. Or should I just save myself the agony, and stack up a six-foot wall of Goodyears all around the Castle?