Fencing Deer From the Garden
Gardeners often consider deer to be a major hindrance in growing plants because they browse on young tender plant growth. Employing a combination of four management techniques can help gardeners manage deer feeding damage. With frequent tweaking of deer management strategy, deer prints and droppings may be common at a location without feeding damage.
Limiting the choice of highly palatable foods or plants is one approach to manage deer. The second step is to address fencing an area to exclude the deer. Fencing deer out of a garden is easier said than done. Here are some of the facts to consider. Deer can easily jump over an eight-foot fence and are strong animals. Deer do not like to jump over something they cannot see through, nor into an area where they feel trapped. Since deer browse mainly on tender foliage perhaps only a small area of your garden needs to be fenced.
Sometimes public places use a wide border on the ground of large irregularly shaped rocks or a cattle guard to prevent animals from crossing into a designated area. Creating a six to eight-foot bed of unstable material can prevent hoofed animals from crossing.
There are many options in fencing. Consider height, strength and placement if planning for the addition of a fence. Invisible deer netting can be made from black mesh netting fastened to wooden 4 by 4 wooden posts or to metal T-bar garden posts. Colorful streamers tied to a new fence helps to keep deer from accidentally running through it.
Electric fences can be a useful way to keep deer out of the garden. Check local zoning laws to understand regulations and prevent hazardous conditions. Electric deer fences are not recommended around small children. If properly installed and maintained, they are very effective in keeping deer from an area.
Two other tactics added to plant selection and fencing are needed to increase deer management in the garden. Deer repellents and scare tactics can decrease the deer traffic in specific garden areas.