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Building Garden Critter Deterrant Fence, April 2014

Building Garden Critter Deterrant Fence, April 2014

I decided to put together an anti-rodent anti-bird fence out of inexpensive window screen material, 20 8-ft wooden stakes, a standard stanley staple gun, and a large ames garden spade to dig holes for the stakes and ensure proper placement. Easy but relatively time-consuming weekend (or multiple weekend if you don't have the time in one weekend) outdoor project!

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Comment by Jennifer on April 8, 2014 at 9:31am

Erika: This looks *awesome.* Nicely done! Two questions: Can you tell us more about that squirrel feeder? And are you going to put netting over the top of the bed, as well?

Comment by Erika S. Haines on April 8, 2014 at 9:37am

Sure!  Yes, I plan on putting netting along as much of the top as possible, as well as the space in between the bottom row of netting and the top, as I have seen many a squirrel climb over and down the back fence!  The squirrel feeder is...let me go check...okay, it is called "Sweet Corn Squirrelog with 'Squirrel Feeder'."  The slogan on the package is "feed 'em don't fight 'em," hehe; I am trying to do both.  Each package comes with two logs and you just screw the log onto the metal feeder, then screw that into either a tree stump or some other permeable structure.  It is a small yellow and green package that looks like this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KN7NezPwL._SY300_.jpg.  :)

Comment by Jennifer on April 8, 2014 at 2:57pm

I like your method! Why not try both? I wasn't familiar with this type of squirrel feeder. I'm wondering if anyone else has used them and whether they saw an increase or decrease of squirrel activity over time.

Comment by Erika S. Haines on April 16, 2014 at 9:04am

An update on the squirrel feeder:  make sure you screw the food log onto the metal feeder properly, or you will go outside to see a particularly fat squirrel has run away with it!  I have a pretty funny image in my mind of how this happened, but no real evidence other than that it is gone now.  Luckily I bought a two-pack, so I can replace it.

Comment by Jennifer on April 16, 2014 at 9:55am

Ha! That was one happy squirrel. I can almost picture him saluting his thanks as he runs off.

Comment by Erika S. Haines on April 16, 2014 at 11:45am

:D

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