Do I do it like a 7 or like an L. I thought a 7, but DH wants it to be like an L so that the wire doesn't work its way out of the ground and mess up his mower or get stepped on by kid feet resulting in a cut. These concerns make sense but, besides being a ton more work would the L thing protect my chickens as much? I have to balance what is best for my chickens with what my husband wants because I promised him they wouldn't be too much bother. Right now I have it about 10 inches deep and then about 4 inches out away from the coop, a few inches down from the surface. I offered to do the cute thing where you make a coop border with rocks/bricks or whatever, but he hated that plan. Not sure why.