Deer are beautiful animals that inspire awe and joy to see, but they can wreak havoc on your garden. Deer fences are one of the most common methods by which homeowners and gardeners can protect their property and vegetables, fruit trees of flowers. Still, some deer can be stubborn and are able to jump surprisingly high. Nevertheless, installing a deer fence is your first line of defense for saving those veggies for your table, and not neighborhood deer.
Choose the type of deer fencing that will meet your needs. Plastic deer fencing comes in three different strengths: standard, heavy perimeter and heavy duty. If you have only a few deer on occasion, choose the standard fencing. More heavily populated deer areas might require heavy-perimeter or heavy-duty fencing.
Purchase deer fencing materials from your local ranch feed and supply store or order them on the Internet. You must measure the perimeter of the area you wish to protect using a tape measure so you know how much fencing you need to order or purchase. Most deer fencing comes in an average 7.5-foot height and is available in polypropylene plastic that blends into wooded backgrounds and won't seriously harm deer if they run into it, such as some metal-mesh fencing. However, choose the type of fencing that will best suit your property location and needs.
Strip away or clear ground along the fence line so that the fence will stand flat and not twist or bend because of low-lying brush or debris. If necessary, dig narrow trench lines along the baseline where you want the fence located in order to provide a level length of fencing.
Unroll the deer fence around trees located at the perimeter of the area to be protected, or around metal poles driven into the ground at approximately 6- or 7-foot intervals. Attach the fencing mesh to the poles using sturdy plastic zip ties or short (approximately 3- to 4-inch sections) of thin metal wire.
Check the fencing to make sure it is firmly secured at all posts or around trees and does not contain buckles, twists or gaps that will enable deer to get through. Periodically check your deer fence to make sure it is not sagging or drooping, especially after high winds or snow. Every couple of weeks, check the ties or wiring holding the fence in place to ensure its security.