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Oh Deer: How To Use Fencing To Deter Deer From Your Landscaping

by April Carlson

Deer are gorgeous animals, but they can really wreak havoc on your lawn, garden, and landscaping. Many homeowners have taken drastic measures to prevent deer from damaging their property, from diversion tactics to sound repellent. Although these measures can work, a good, solid fence is going to provide much better protection. The following are some things to keep in mind when considering a fence:

Taller Is Not Always Better

One thing to know about deer is the fact that they can jump many feet in the air and can easily leap over any standard sized fence. When homeowners install a fence for deer, the thought is to get a fence that is very high so that the deer cannot make it over. That cannot only get expensive, but it is not always effective. What you should know about deer is that while they can jump high, they cannot jump over at the same time. If you are planning a fence and you don't want to go to the expense of a ten-foot or more fence, you can install a standard size fence. The key is to install it at a slant. Deer will be confused by this and become deterred. Their only thought will be to walk under it rather than jump over. The slant will confuse them, and they will hopefully give up on munching on your beloved landscape.

Modify Your Current Fence Height

If you have a really nice fence, whether it is iron, wood, or PVC, you certainly do not have to tear it down to install a new fence. You can instead convert your fence by adding some height and deer netting over it. Place some posts near the posts on the existing fence. Add some deer netting from post to post. This will help keep you from paying more money to replace a perfectly good fence. If you have a wrought iron fence, it is an opportunity to add some additional ornamental elements to the new posts.

Add An Electric Fence To Your Current Fence

You can also modify your existing fence by installing an electric fence alongside it. You will only need to start out with a single strand of electric fencing strung from shorter posts placed alongside the existing fence posts. If the one strand of electric line is not enough to deter the deer, consider adding some extra strands. You can also add some streamers to the wire. The deer will be scared of the movement of the streamers, hopefully keeping them out of your garden.

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