Deer protection

Nicholas plummer via pbs
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 07:52:57 PDT
I considered electric fencing when planning my garden.  My understanding is
that it can be effective, but deer will jump a single electrified wire.  It
is often recommended to have two fence lines, so that the deer have a
longer horizontal distance to jump.  I chose to use 8-ft high plastic mesh
fence which has excluded 100% of white-tail deer for the past 10 years.
3-ft metal rabbit fencing run along the base of the plastic fence excludes
the majority of rabbits.  If you are at all serious about gardening in deer
country, the one-time cost of installing a fence is well worth it, IMO.  No
deer repellant can compare to physically excluding the beasts.

The plastic mesh fence uses posts that sit in sleeves driven with a sledge
hammer or staples directly to trees, so it works well in deep woods and
uneven ground.

North Carolina, USDA Zone 7.

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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