Thanks Beulah. I figured there were 2 options for the fence apron. #1 was to bury hardware cloth 2 feet straight down - a good idea. #2 was what I did after hearing someone elses reasoning. I dug 2x6s around the perimeter and tied them into the 4x4 posts. The very bottom of the fence is secured very tight with washers and screws then comes out at a 90 degree angle to 3 feet, with that cloth attached to ground with a bunch of landscaping anchors. I'm going to see how grass growns through the wire and may throw down a couple of inches of dirt and seed in the fall with the idea that the grass roots will grow entwined in wire. Someone mentioned that a digging predator would probably come to fence to dig and find hardware cloth. Even if the predator is smart enough to backtrack 3' they would have that distance plus the 2x6. They would then have to find a way to break through a out-opening aluminum chicken door or a vinyl sliding window with hardware cloth secured to it.
IF the predator does all that while I am asleep or away for the day I will take them to KFC for chicken - they deserve it!
Edited by kiwiegg - 4/26/12 at 6:33pm