Deer Fencing in Seminole County
It’s easy to become excited when seeing a deer in your yard, but that excitement can quickly turn to frustration once you find that those deer have begun to eat your plants. Whether they’re a fruit, vegetables, or just landscaping plants, no gardener wants to see their hard work munched away in one afternoon.
Even if you have no plants to protect from deer, you may still want to keep them off of your property. Deer carry ticks and will drop them in your yard. Ticks may then attach to you or your pets, and carry sicknesses such as Lyme disease. Keeping deer out of a yard has been proven to cut back on the number of ticks in a yard.
There are a few ways to deter deer from your yard. You can try deer repellant sprays, plant more deer-resistant plants, or even remove your plants all together- although this is not usually an attractive option.
Or, you can build a deer fence. A deer fence is used to fence in small areas such as gardens and yard to protect them from deer. There are a few different kinds of fences to choose from, but they have the same basic necessities; deer fences need to be almost invisible, tall, and sturdy.
A standard deer fence is at least 7 feet tall, although deer have been known to jump up to 8 feet in the air. The fence must be as invisible as possible, this is to prevent deer from seeing and jumping over it. An effective deer fence has no top rail so there is nothing for the deer to see. The fence must also be sturdy. Deer and other wildlife will run into the fenceline when trying to enter the fenced-off area, the fence must be able to withstand being bumped/ran into. All mesh used in deer fencing, regardless of the materials chosen, should have openings no greater than 2”. Larger openings leave the possibility of wildlife getting caught in the fence, resulting in unnecessary deaths and possible fence damage.
Types of Deer Fence
There are a few different options for deer fencing, although some options may be better than others.
Polypropylene mesh fence: Is less expensive than metal mesh and is nearly invisible, but is it not as durable.
Metal mesh fence: More durable than polypropylene, but is more expensive. The less expensive versions are not invisible.
Alternative Deer Fences
Electric fence: Electric fencing is not recommended for deer fencing. Electric fences work best with animals who can be trained or learn to stay away from the fence, such as livestock or pets. Deer are wild animals, and will not learn or understand the fence. Electric fences also require more upkeep and can be shorted-out if something as simple as a branch falls onto the line.
Privacy fence: In some cases, a privacy fence is used to keep deer out of yards. This is usually used in more residential areas but is still efficient. Deer cannot see through a privacy fence to see if there are predators on the other side, so they will likely not jump over the barrier. Privacy fences, however, are much more expensive than standard deer fences and their installation is more tedious.
Regardless of the fence material chosen, it will still be necessary to routinely check the fence line for damage so that it can be repaired. Installing the deer fence is relatively simple and can be completed by most homeowners. Posts do not need to be installed deep into the ground like traditional fence posts. In fact, many times metal poles are used for a deer fence. They are sturdy and do not need to be dug into the ground, they can simply be driven into the dirt by hitting them with a mallet or hammer. The mesh is then installed by attaching to the posts using zip ties to pull it taught. Use bottom ground stakes to hold the fence down to the ground so that deer and other wildlife cannot crawl under. If you’re a little handier, you can craft a gate, or simply leave an area of overlapping mesh that you can open and re-close for easy access to the fenced-in area.
Once the fence is installed, spray the ground level around it with deer repellant and enjoy your deer-free oasis.