Deer protection

Judy Glattstein via pbs
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:39:21 PDT
In my previous garden, in Connecticut, I did have an electric fence in 
combination with a tall, decorative wooden fence, my house, and a tool 
shed. We had a one acre property. It was possible to configure the 
fencing, both electric and wooden, so that access to the garage was not 

The electric fence was actually a pair of high tensile wire fences set 
about 2 feet apart, with the two wires on the inner fence, three on the 
outer fence. They were arranged so none lined up. This worked because 
deer do not like to jump into a space they cannot easily jump out of. 
Can pair up a fence and a hedge = same difference. Deer also, 
apparently, have rather poor depth perception so the five wires at 
different levels were confusing.  The system used a Gallagher charger, 
developed in New Zealand to use with sheep. Deer have hollow hair, so a 
typical stock fence charger used for horses and cattle is not as effective.

Our New Jersey property is nearly nine acres. It slopes rather steeply - 
in winter the asphalt paved driveway can be impassible. There is also a 
seasonal brook running through it. Fencing is not an option.

For small(er) properties that do not want to or cannot fence for some 
reason - staple two foot wide chicken wire to small wooden battens. Lay 
down around area to be protected. Deer do not like to step into it - 
perhaps it feels like their legs can become trapped.

Judy in New Jersey where yesterday's morning watering of all outdoor 
pots was certainly effective. Late yesterday evening a thunderstorm 
rolled through, leaving just over an inch of rain.

On 6/24/2020 8:51 AM, Johannes-Ulrich Urban via pbs wrote:
> Dear All,
> Having read so many times that there is a lot of damage caused by browsing deer, I cannot remember anybody suggested electric fencing. Is there a reason? Is it forbidden?
> Electric fencing is not obtrusive and relatively cheap to install. It can be fitted with a timer to avoid accidental contact during the day time.
> It needs to be properly installed to be effective. Here in Europe it is the only means to protect against wild boar. The lowest wire has to be 10cm above ground which is snout level of the boar. They learn quickly and will touch the wire only once......
> Shouldn't the same work with deer? At a different position of the wires?
> Bye for now
> Uli
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