How to Build a Deer Fence
A deer fence is basically fencing that is put into place to prevent the deer from destroying your garden. Deer are a wonderful part of the animal kingdom and they are beautiful to look at, but when it comes to your garden, they can be very destructive.
Tools and Materials You Will Need
The functionality of the deer fence is simple. The idea behind it is to keep the deer from destroying your garden. There doesn’t have to be anything fancy to it, it just has to function properly, and be sturdy enough that when the deer “test” it, it won’t just tumble down. On the other hand, you don’t want it to weaken with basic usage either. Now you can gather these materials:
- Fence posts: These need not be anything fancy. Many folks who live in rural areas will simply cut down the narrow locust trees that grow around them, and cut the logs to desired lengths to use as fence posts, while others will simply use steel rods. As long as it is sturdy when you are through is all that matters.
- Fencing: Again, nothing fancy is necessary. “Chicken wire” will be sufficient or any other type of roll up fencing.
- Fence Staples or heavy duty wire ties
Step 1 – Set Your Posts
Set your posts around the perimeter of the garden. These will need to be set into the ground by digging holes at each location with a post hole digger. If you opted for the steel rods, they can be simply driven into the ground.
Make sure once you have them all set, that they are sturdy
Step 2 – Attach the Fencing
Once the posts are set, you can attach the fencing to them. If you are using fence posts, then the fencing can be attached using the fencing staples. If you used steel rods, then you will attach it using the heavy duty wire ties.
Whichever method you choose to use, make sure that you draw the fencing tightly so it doesn’t sag.
NOTE: Before you finish enclosing the entire area, be sure that you leave a way open in order for you to enter the area. You can accomplish this by leaving a section between posts only temporarily attached so that it can be easily undone when you need to enter the garden area.
With the deer fence now in place, there are no more worries of the garden being destroyed by them eating the tops from your vegetable plants. In addition to the fencing, you may also want to consider the use of deer repellents. There are many types available on the market today and deer will avoid these. Some good planning will give you the best of both worlds: a hearty and lovely garden, while still being able to enjoy the scenery, with the deer in it.