Setting up Deer Netting: Building a Deer Fence

Get Tips to Keep Deer out of a Garden

An increase in rural housing developments has increasingly led to conflicts between humans and deer. This loss of habitat and the difficulty or illegality of hunting in populated areas can make deer a nuisance for their new human neighbors. They generally prefer to feed away from humans in secluded, wooded areas but manage to survive even in heavily populated, urban areas by feeding on ornamental and food crops. The tender young shoots of spring are their preferred diet, and they will go to great lengths to get them. The average deer needs to eat about seven pounds of vegetation a day, and humans have struggled to come up with ways to ensure that their plants do not become food for them. If you want to keep deer out of a garden, these deterrent tips can help. Here's how to set up netting.

One of the earliest, and perhaps the most common means of protecting a yard, garden, or farm from deer is the installation of some kind of barrier. Deer netting is an economical, effective, and easy to install solution for properties of any size. When properly installed, it is also the least noticeable type of physical barrier that can be erected to defend plants from deer.

It is usually available in rolls of various heights and widths, with a height of at least seven feet tall  being the most most effective, because when the netting is installed properly, it is usually too much work for deer to jump over. It is usually constructed from black plastic which makes it virtually invisible to deer when installed properly. They cannot see the netting, but are unable to pass through it, causing confusion and they will often look elsewhere for their meal, likely in a location where netting is not installed.

It is very easy to install with some basic tools and materials. Here's what's needed when building a deer fence.

First the area in which the netting will be installed must be chosen and calculated. Ideally, it should be installed around the entire perimeter of the area in need of protection. Some homeowners prefer to only install it around a garden plot or specific plants, but such an installation may not be adequate to deter a hungry deer.

If a property is surrounded by trees, it can be installed directly to them with ease, but a more open area will require the use of wooden, metal, or bamboo posts for successful installation. Stakes should also be used to attach it to the ground, to prevent deer or other animals from simply going underneath it. It should be installed without breaks around the entire area to be protected, and can be installed to work with an existing fence or gate.

The installation of deer netting is a simple, effective, and economical solution for protection of food and ornamental crops, and if it is properly installed it will likely keep out deer for 10-15 years.


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