Tillypeeps.....I talked to a guy that said to just put the 1/2" welded wire right on top of the grass 18 inches out from the coop, instead of burying it a foot,which worked for me because I planed on mulching all the way around the coop and run. I laid an extra foot of mesh on the ground and used tent stakes to hold the edges down. If I were at home I would take a pic and show u. I don't know if that method will work or not ,I hope so.
We considered to use this apron method. But we need to dig the ground to run electric to the coop anyway, so we decided to bury the hardware cloth. After buried the wires, I also planted some flowers around the coop, so hopefully the neighbors wouldn't complain about it.