Deer Fences

Most of us enjoy watching wildlife in our gardens until they start to wreak havoc. Think Bill Murray and the gopher in Caddy Shack. Deer eat yard plants, flowers and vegetables, and deer fencing is an important tool to protect your yard. test test test

Because deer are such good jumpers, a deer fence should be at least 8 feet high. Combine your fence with a shrub or hedge line as added defense. Deer can jump high, but not high AND wide. Be sure your fence line is secure to the ground and far enough away from your plants that deer can't reach them through the fence.

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Most common deer fences:

  • Electric
  • Mesh
  • Wire

Electric: Wires at varying heights are run between posts and electrified off a battery pack. Electric deer fencing is a great option when a physical barrier fence is not an option. Sometimes deer fencing is baited to attract deer with peanut butter and foil. The deer are drawn to the fence and trained with the electric shock, learning to not re-enter the area. An electric fence is not recommended if you have pets or small children. Consider how an electric fence would impact other wildlife and pets in your area.

Wire fencing: Heavy metal wire is hung between posts at a deer height of 8 feet. Eventually wire fences can break down over time from rust or animal damage. This is an effective deterrent but can be expensive.

Mesh: Mesh is a newer, less expensive alternative to a wire fence. Mesh fencing is surprisingly durable and impervious to weather and direct charges from animals. Compared to other physical barrier fences, a mesh fence is a relatively low-profile, aesthetically pleasing choice, available in colors to blend in with surrounding foliage.

Have a look here for some additional ideas for deterring deer in your property.

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