[NAFEX] double deer fence
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 15:06:20 EDT 2008
Whenever I have a deer that decides my 6' fence is worth the leap to get
into my veg. garden I drive in some stakes a couple of feet in front of the
fence and run a single strand of heavy mono filament nylon deep sea fishing
line about 3' above the ground on the stakes. I buy line that is too strong
for me to break with my hands- sometimes you can get it used. The stakes
don't have to be very strong, I use 2"X2" pressure treated pieces about 6'
tall before driving. I realize that these stakes don't fulfil any aesthetic
requirement but mono-filament is almost invisible so at least that would be
a good replacement for barbed wire. The deer absolutely hate it because it
is hard to see and trips them up.
I have a small nursery on a clients estate in Westchester, NY which is
visible from their multi-million dollar home. I protect my trees with a
black plastic fence supported by raw Virginia cedar posts. The fence is
practically invisible from their house and they let me use the property
because they think the fruit trees are beautiful.
They also approve of the fence which is about 7' tall, obviously because
they can barely see it. I protect the bottom of the plastic fence with a
couple feet of black plastic coated galv. steel chicken wire buried a few
inches into the ground and have never had coons or deer bust their way in.
Of course the coons can climb in. I have protected nursery trees in heavy
deer pressure areas this way for many years but never more than half an acre
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