Deer look beautiful and tame, and will generally keep away from human presence. For real estate owners, however, the deer can pose several problems. Deer love to nibble on flowers that can ruin gardens. In orchards, deer can also chew away on the fruit bearing flowers, and that can ruin harvests. To keep deer away from your property, use deer proof fencing.
Determine the path. First, determine the path that the fence will take. Mark the ground by using string attach to poles. Make sure that you clear away the path for at least four feet on both sides. This will prevent plants from growing onto the fence. Vines can grow onto the fencing material and add more weight than the fence can handle, causing the fence to collapse through time. If you cannot clear away some of the plants that grow in the path, navigate the fence path along these obstacles. Trees, for instance, should be avoided.
Add ground posts. One the path is clear, add ground posts that are 10 feet apart. The ground posts are the thick posts that usually measure around four feet in length. Use a sledge hammer to place the ground post three feet into the soil. The remaining one foot of ground post will hold the fence posts. The ground posts will secure the fence posts and act as the anchor to strengthen the fence.
Add fence posts. Next, attach fence posts onto the top of the ground post. Some suppliers will provide fence and ground post sets that are fully compatible with each other. These sets are easier to use since the ground posts will usually have grooves or indentations where you can insert the fence post. These also have bolts or nails that will keep the fence posts in place.
Attach the fence material. Once the fence posts are in place, take the fence material and attach these onto the fence posts by clipping on zip ties. The zip ties will hold the edge of the fencing material. Use at least four zip ties placed on the four equidistant parts of the fence materials outside edges, to ensure that the fence material is well supported. If the material is especially heavy, reinforce the fence posts by adding more zip ties or by lessening the distance between each fence post.
Stretch the material. The fencing materials are usually purchased from hardware shops in rolls. You will need to stretch out the materials before attaching the opposite end to the next fence post. As much as possible, ask a partner to keep the fence material stretched as you attach the zip ties on the other side.
Secure with ground clips. Finally, add ground clips on the bottom of the fence materials. This will prevent small deer and animals from passing through the fence through the space in the bottom. This will also prevent the fence material from being pushed, which can tear the zip ties that attach the fence materials to the fence posts. Make sure that the ground clips are evenly spaced.
Through these steps, you can easily set up your own deer-proofed fencing to keep deer and other similar animals from eating the blossoms and fruit in your garden or orchard.