Fences for Gardens
People ask me for solutions to protect gardens from damage by wildlife. My answer is almost always the same. Build a fence. A quality fence will not only protect your vegetables from a wide variety of hungry animals, but it will last for years.
Fences are necessary because repellents rarely work the way people want them to but also because even those that are available, they often can’t be used on plants destined for human consumption.
The fence should be at least 4 feet tall and use mesh that is no wider than 2×4. If climbing or digging animals are an issue, install an electric line 4 inches off the ground 4 inches away from the fence. Of course, I assume electric fences are legal in your area. Keep animals from burrowing underneath by extending a skirt 2-inches below the surface of the ground out about 15 inches from the fence.
I’d love to hear about your successes or failures when using fences. Images are appreciated.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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