If you want to keep animals away from your precious garden, then fencing is a must. Though all animals cannot be kept away from your garden using the same fencing, you need to figure out the critters that are attacking your garden and build an appropriate fence to keep them away from your prized garden. Fencing to keep small animals out of your garden will not be very expensive but if you wish to keep big animals like deer away, the fencing may be a bit costly. But, do not forget that it may be the only solution to your garden critter issues.
We have listed a few of the garden fencing techniques to keep the below animals away from your garden.
Keeping your garden safe from deer’s can be tricky as they tend to easily jump over usual fences hence if you need to save your garden from them, you will have to construct a fence at least 8 to 10-foot-tall slanted at an angle 45 degree on the outside. Also, make sure that there is no large gap between the fence and the ground as the deer can also wiggle from under the fences.
You can also go for an electric fence or solid fence to block the view of the garden.
For small animals like cats and dogs, you just need to fence your garden high enough, maximum of 3 feet to keep them out. Make sure the fence is sturdy as dogs may knock a weak fence off. Animals like Rabbits can be kept out with a chicken fence which is 2 feet tall. Both dog and rabbits tend to dig under the fence hence you will have to curve the bottom of the fence outward to form an apron, a foot or two wide, to discourage them from digging.
Raccoons, opossums, and woodchucks are great fence climbers hence a great way to keep them away from your garden are to use an electric wire strung across the fence top or an unattached fence top which will discourage them from entering your garden. Also, make sure the fence has a two-foot apron at the bottom of the fence below the soil as these critters are also burrowers and can try to enter your garden from below the fences. A complete electric fence placed outside the wire fence can also help you keep these critters outside of your garden.
Animals like chipmunks and moles take advantage of being out of sight and tunnel through the soil. As they go undetected most of the time, you will not know of their existence until you see the damage. If these critters are damaging your garden, make cages to protect your vulnerable plants. Before you plant your garden, dig a 2-3-foot-deep hole in your gardens planting area and add a wire mesh on the bottom and sides, replace the soil and plant your garden. For trees, you will have to add wire mesh a few inches below as well as a few inches above the soil around the tree and making sure that the tree has enough area to grow.
Apart from the above-mentioned critters, there are many other critters out there which can damage your garden. Few basic guidelines to keep them off your garden is as below;
- The best way to keep animals out of your garden is when they are not interested in what is in there which is possible when they are not aware of it hence adding a solid fence around the garden blocks it visually making the animal disinterested to go to the other side.
- An electric fence can be used to keep out most of the animals as once an animal gets shocked, it will not try crossing the fence again.
- Do not build a fence without checking the local ordinances as the last thing you want to do is violate codes.
Building fences can get expensive if you wish to protect your garden from most of these critters but building a basic fence can make your garden welcoming to these animals. Instead of going all nuts on building a fence to keep all the critters out, the best approach is to contact your neighbors, the local nursery and fencing experts to find the common critters in your area and build an optimized fence suitable to keep those critters out.