Gardening is a hobby and passion for many people. It’s one way to release stress and there is something enjoyable in getting your hands dirty with garden soil – especially if you are growing flowers and vegetables. You get to enjoy the fruits of your labor! More and more people are thinking about having a garden. However, there is always the risk of having a hungry deer visiting your garden.
Fencing is one of the most effective ways to prevent wild and domestic animals from ruining your prized garden. Setting up a fence around your garden may be costly, but it may be the only way to protect your yard from large animals such as deer.
Deer Activity in Your Garden
Gardeners know that the sight of a deer in their garden means destruction. A grown deer can eat up to 10 pounds of food daily. Deer will eat almost anything when food is scarce, but among their favorites are beans, lettuces, and cabbages.
When you have a garden, you have to watch out for invaders such as deer but unfortunately, deer prefer to feed when you are not around. Deer usually eat at dawn and dusk when you are fast asleep. So unless you are awake all night, you can never shoo those deer’s away. It’s easy to know when a deer has attacked your garden because you’ll see hoof prints around the garden area, pebble-like droppings, and your plants will be torn apart.
How to Protect Your Garden Deer?
It is challenging to maintain a healthy garden, especially if you are growing vegetables and fruits. A large garden requires a lot of attention and unfortunately, these gardens receive unwanted attention from hungry deer. Does this mean you have to watch over your garden all the time? By using preventative measures such as a fence, you can be at peace knowing that deer cannot enter your garden. Keeping deer out of your garden with fencing proves to be effective and installation may be expensive but it’s the best way to safeguard your garden and home.
When installing a fence, here are some things you need to follow:
- Deer have the ability to jump over small barriers and fences and so a fence that is constructed high and at an angle will help to deter them. A fence standing between 8 and 10 feet high and slanted at a 45-degree angle towards the area where deer are most likely coming from will decrease the chance of your garden being destroyed. However, if you think you can’t build a higher one, consider installing a double fence with a space of 3 to 5 feet from the outer fence.
- Install stockade fences. These types of fences block the view of the garden and food from the outside. Deers can jump high but they won’t be attracted to a garden that they don’t see. Stockade fences don’t have to be as tall – a six-foot-tall stockade fence is fine. If they can’t see your tasty garden, they will not come in.
- Install electric fences. Make sure the charge is strong enough and make sure the wires start low so deer can’t crawl under. Electric fences are usually priced higher and require more maintenance compared to regular fences, but they make less of an impact on your view and can be more effective than solid fences. Electric fences work best if animals know they are dangerous. You can bait the fence with peanut butter to entice the deer to get shocked. After getting shocked, the deer will be less likely to test the fence again. Keep vegetation from touching the fence because they will reduce its charge or ground it out. Be sure to check with your local zoning laws first because not all states allow electric fences.
Get Protective Fencing Installed Around Your Garden
If your garden is being terrorized by animals such as deer, you can get a high-quality fence built to protect your plants. Medallion is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in making homes more secure. We offer professional fencing for gardens and backyards that can prevent large animals from eating your garden plants.
Planning to have a garden? Protect your garden today and call 301-420-1800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have.