Deer Fencing Supplies
Deer love to eat trees and shrubs. A well-made deer fence can stop deer from eating sensitive parts of your landscaping and gardens. Here are some steps and tips for building a sturdy deer deterrent.
Deer can be a beautiful sight to see in the morning hours out in your back yard. They remind us of our connection to nature. The dilemma with deer nearby is they love to eat your prized shrubbery and vegetables. Deer live near the forest’s edges. Shrinking forests by sub-divisions helps to expand the roaming of local deer, but at the cost of your fruits and vegetables.
You can protect your trees and gardens against deer with properly built fencing. Your neighborhood nursery and county-extension service can help teach you about the plants, shrubs and trees which most attract deer to your yard. The plants that give deer the most appetizing treats should get the most protection.
Deer Fencing Supplies and Installation Tools
- Tape Measure
- Post Hole Digger
- Deer Netting
Step 1 – Take Measurements and Draw the Plan
After you decide your area, start measuring the lines that will be required to protect the garden. Be sure you have enough space to get around the plants and to do your garden activities. Sketch the design on paper and make the measurements. Take the plan to the garden store as a guide to buying your materials. Ask the sales associate for help if you need it. You’ll need to have at least two posts holding each section of deer netting. Take into consideration that at least one quarter of the post’s length should be underground ground, or deeper if you have a deep frost line. Ask your county agent about this.
Step 2 – Go Shopping
The materials you’ll need are really basic. Buy the required number of fence posts. Deer netting or cattle fencing can be used. Other basic materials include twine, and concrete mix. Cattle’s fencing needs stronger wiring than deer netting. Ask the sales rep at the store about the the choices of twine or wiring.
Step 3 – Install the Posts
Dig holes for the posts. You will want to have at least one post in each corner. The hole should be at least one fourth the overall length of the post. Fill in the hole with concrete mix, and then insert the post. Make sure the post is perpendicular to the ground. Build up some concrete around the bottom of the post. Mix enough concrete for each post. Make it as you go along.
The concrete should keep the posts from shifting, but it will make it more difficult to get the posts out if the deer fence is ever removed. You should not use as much concrete as you would for permanent fencing.
Step 4 – Stretch the Fence
Drill holes in the fence through which to string the twine between posts. Attach the fencing to one of the posts. Stretch the fence to the following post and fasten it with the twine. Repeat this until all the fence is installed.
Step 5 – Adding Supporting Fence Posts
Check the fence for stability. Add posts as required. Secure the fence to the new posts and check all the fence for stability. Make changes as required.
Step 6 – Maintain the Fencing
Securing the corner posts with concrete will make this deer fence very strong. Occasionally inspect the fence for sturdiness. Some of the posts may need to be reinforced. You can use a big hammer to reset the posts. You should also inspect the concrete foundations of the posts at the corners. Having extra deer fencing supplies on hand will help with all future maintenance.
Deer can be a beautiful sight to see in the morning hours out in your back yard. They remind us of our connection to nature. The dilemma with deer nearby is they love to eat your prized shrubbery and vegetables.