Margaret from A Way To Garden wrote a detailed post about deer-proofing her Hudson Valley property.
To choose a style of fence that will work for your garden locale, you need information about the local deer species, their habits, and their capabilities (read: how high can they jump, and how low will they go). Managing deer in a suburban environment can vary greatly from doing so in a rural one; hilly terrain and flat land each has its challenges. And so on.
My neighbors and I will be planting raised beds in an open urban lot this spring, and I imagine we need worry less about deer, but more about rodents, birds and people. Should I focus on landscaping barriers and deterrents, or is there a kind of fence that would be ideal (I'm guessing it will be a combination of both)
My question for you: How have you protected your property from critters? Or have you adapted to your property to accommodate critters?
(which reminds me of Misty's "Vegetable Guantanamo" that she fashioned to keep the groundhogs at bay).
For more information, Margaret goes on to write:
Great resources for location-specific insights: your cooperative extension (find yours); a nearby botanical garden or conservation organization (I relied initially on information from nearby Cary Institute of Ecocsystems Studies at first); or agricultural organizations like this one that compiles information that is product-agnostic, like this one.
I quickly learned that fence could be of several classes and complexities:
- electrified or not (the former generally being cheaper because less material is involved; wire’s cheaper than other fencing);
- slanted (see a pdf of it) or vertical;
- made of materials ranging from board to wire strands to high-strength polypropylene mesh (above, shown reinforced with high-tensile wire), to woven wire (bottom photo);
- temporary (seasonal) or permanent, with both versions existing of most of the above kinds;
- requiring professional installation or at least expertise and equipment like a post-hole digger (a nearby, fenced-in tree farm helped me find a capable contractor); or in other cases more DIY;
- that cost per foot can vary from very little to very large.
I've got deer, bears, and rabbits to deal with where I live. Here's what i put up.
Cedar post on 6 foot centers.
chicken wire at the bottom of the hog panels
3 strads of barb wire above the hog panels
one eletric wire at the very top
Kinda looks like a concentration camp, but it keep everything out!
The trick with fences is don't go cheap, cause you're always fixin "cheap"
Wow Paul, that's an intense fence! Sounds effective :)
The funny thing about growing food here in Baltimore City is that there are way less animals to deal with (everyone always thinks the rats will be a problem, but I've only seen them go seriously after sunflower seeds). Humans do take a few things here and there, but they aren't nearly as destructive as deer and rodents!