With the authors' permission, I'm forwarding this to the List as I've read a few posts about dogs getting into the tender seedlings and wreaking havoc... Sorry if it doesn't translate well. The same software that permits me to receive and transmit binary files also can be hell when I try to communicate to lists. Louise Koch AgCloud@compuserve.com ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- From: INTERNET:email@example.com, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org TO: Multiple recipients of list, INTERNET:email@example.com DATE: 5/8/98 8:47 AM RE: [G@H] Preventing dogs from digging out Old farm trick: chicken wire flat on the ground. Buy the 2' stuff and (I am assuming your fence is ground level) lay it under the fence (this will "tack it down" on that side and keep it flat). It will extend out over your lawn. Cut wire coat hangers (or buy them in a garden store, they are sold as "earth staples"), each corner, to make "staples" and staple the chicken wire down into the grass. When this is done correctly, you can run a lawn mower right over the top of it, provided you're not trying to scalp the lawn. Or, if you never, ever, want to have to maintain this: Dig up edge of fence about 2' into yard. Put in a bunch of soil amendments etc, and run plastic edging along inside edge (so weeds don't spread into it) lay down landscape fabric, then chicken wire. Go to landscape store. Buy a bunch o' perennials. Cut holes in chicken wire and landscape fabric. Plant bunch o' perennials. Mulch with wood chips. Presto (after several weekends of work) insta major garden which discourages digging along the fence line. Buy wooden garden chair. Buy tenny ball. Sit in chair admiring garden throwing ball for golden. :-) T.