Deer present a huge problem for home owners. Bambi aside, deer aren’t very cute when a family of them devour your newly risen plants and finely manicured lawn. You can switch to deer-resistant plants or apply deer repellent, but you might as well flush money down the drain if you go down that route.
The only solution to your deer problem requires you to install deer fencing to protect your landscaping.
Types of Deer Fence Designs
Effective deer fence designs force deer to move onto another tomato patch or bean garden. If you want to prevent deer from making your lawn and garden a daily stop on the meal tour, consider building one of the following deer fencing to protect your landscaping.
- Slanted Fence-Build a six-foot high fence that slants at a 45-degree angle. Unless a deer soars like Michael Jordan, the height and distance should deter most deer from jumping
- Double Fence-Deer aren’t stupid, which is why they pass on foraging in the forest to devour anything that grows on your property. When deer see a double fence, they typically don’t take the risk of being caught between the two fences
- Tall Fence-By tall, we mean at least eight feet. Even gold medal winning deer high jumpers refuse to attempt a jump over an eight-foot tall or more fence.
- Electric Fence-This one might offend animal rights advocates, but we’re not talking about a jolt that raises deer fur. We’re talking about a deterrent that sends just enough of a shock that ensures deer take their hooves elsewhere for dinner.
Deer Fence Materials that work
Many landscaping experts recommend building deer fences that obscure the view of your lawn. An eight-foot tall privacy fence represents the most effective deer deterrent. The height of the fence acts as one deterrent, while deer rarely attempt to jump over anything to get to what they can’t see. Owners of large plots of land should consider mesh fencing. Eight feet of fine mesh pulled between tall, rust resistant metal posts prompt most deer to move onto the next home. Mesh tends to sag, so thread a very tightly woven wire at the top of each metal post, and connect the wire to the mesh fencing.
How to install deer fencing to protect your landscaping includes a couple of time-tested tips. First, build a fence that spans the entire perimeter of your property. Second, place obstacles inside of the fence that make the most intrepid deer think twice about jumping into your property for an easy to eat meal.