Hang A Closed Sign On Your Garden: Use The Right Fence To Keep Deer Out
When you spend the time and energy creating your vegetable garden, you want to make sure that you get all the results of it. You don't want all your veggies to go to feeding the local deer population. The local deer look at your garden like it's their favorite all-you-can-eat buffet. All they have to do is walk in and start piling their salad plates high. That leaves nothing for you. So, how do you make sure that the deer don't tie their bibs on in your garden every night? It's all about the right fencing choices.
1. Height: Deer are amazing jumpers. It can be amazing to watch them jumping and leaping in the woods, but not so amazing watching them jump over your new fence. The key to keeping them from getting over that fence is height. The average whitetail deer, from a standing start, can jump up to 7 feet high. If the deer can get a good running start, they can even hit 8 feet high. That means that you want to make sure that your fence is at least 8 feet high. That way deer can't just walk up to your fence and casually jump over it to get to your veggies.
2. Combinations: The best choice when it comes to fencing is going to be a combination of things. For example, you may want to go with a combination of a net fence and a barbed wire fence. The barbed wire fence can deter the deer from trying to jump over the fence, while the netting will keep them from sticking their heads in between the strands of the barbed wire so that they can get to your produce through the fence. The net fences are generally made of a very strong nylon that can stand up to the weather. Both barbed wire and net fences will need to be stretched tightly from post to post. If they start sagging, the deer can get over the fence, which completely defeats the purpose. That's why you want to have those kinds of fences installed by professionals like Maximum Fence. If you notice the fences sagging, you can call your contractor to have them tighten it back up for you.
You have a garden because you want to have fresh produce, you want to cut your food bill, or you want to preserve those fresh veggies. You don't have it so that it can be an all-you-can-eat buffet for the local herd of deer. Get a good fence and keep them out.