The peach tree didn’t get it too bad. Yet.
Now who would do such a thing, I wonder?
Well, consider the view from my front porch a few evenings ago:
We started making plans to surround pretty much everything with 8-foot fencing even though we’ve heard the deer can find their way over nearly any fence Man can erect.
But I saw an intriguing article at Backwoods Home Magazine, which advised using three-foot-high, 12½ gauge, non-climb fencing that has 2″ x 4″ holes and laying it on the ground:
Cut two pieces of fencing, each about 6′ x 3′. It is better to use two pieces rather than one, because it is easier to remove. However, we have sometimes placed one smaller piece of fencing over a newly-planted bare root tree. The wire can always be cut later.
Placing fencing over bare or just-seeded soil is easy. Just lay it down and bend over the ends, poking them into the soil.
I showed it to my husband, who said he had been wondering about that same thing! He said he’d been pondering how cows are kept from crossing roads with grating because they won’t step onto it:
Apparently most wildlife, including deer, don’t like stepping onto grating or fencing.
We thought about trying this and even bought some of the recommended fencing from Tractor Supply, but the more I looked around online, the more comments I found from people who had tried this and said it didn’t work for them; I’d estimate about 85% of commenters said it didn’t work and about 15% of commenters said it did. Frankly I didn’t like those odds, so we returned the fencing to TS, and today we went back to working on the fence.
We measured out a 150-foot perimeter down near the pond encompassing some of the fruit trees. Because we want to get something up pretty quickly, we’re going to sink ten-foot wooden posts for the corners and then add some ten-foot metal poles between them so we can string some lightweight wire garden fencing. This fencing is usually four feet tall, so we’ll have to do a top and bottom row on the posts unless we find some 8-foot fencing somewhere. It will end up looking sort of like this:
I’ll be building raised beds lined with chicken wire and cardboard on the bottom to keep out digging rodents. I’ll post photos of the whole thing when we’re done and explain the steps in case anyone else needs tips on building a deer-proof garden.
However, that won’t be the end; as soon as it’s done, Philip is going to start working on building a wooden fence around it because we like the way it looks much better:
He’s handy, so he can do it himself or with help from my dad, but it will take most of the summer to finish it. Once it’s done, we’ll pull up the metal poles and wire fence and store them in the shed until we need them for something else.
I’m curious though – how many of you think laying the fencing on the ground would have worked? Got any other good deer-deterring tips?