How to Install Wire Mesh Deer
Deer can really wreak havoc in your garden. Put up a fence
to keep them out.
- STEP 1: Choose a fencing that is sturdy
and corrosion- and UV-proof.
- STEP 2: Remember that deer are good
jumpers. Install either 8-foot-high fencing or 4-to-6-foot fencing with a row
of shrubs set 5 feet back from the fence to deter jumping.
- STEP 3: Survey the area to be fenced.
You'll want to use existing trees wherever possible to keep the area looking
- STEP 4: Sink a 12-foot post wherever the
trees are too far apart. Optimum distance between posts or trees is 20 feet.
Posts must be able to withstand leaning and harsh weather.
- STEP 5: Use at least two people to stretch
the fencing tightly between each attachment point. Fence staples or roofing
nails are the most commonly used fasteners.
- STEP 6: Install the fence on the outside
of the trees and posts to keep the fence from being knocked down by an errant
- STEP 7: Prevent deer from slipping under
the fence by tacking down the bottom at 5- to 6-foot intervals with hooked
- STEP 8: Run a strand of wire along the top
of the fence to help strengthen it.
- STEP 9: Tie white strips (about 2 inches
wide) every ten feet at the 4-foot level to alert deer of the presence of the
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to check zoning laws in your area. Some places may not
allow this type of fencing.
- Don't leave openings in the fence. Deer that may wander in can
panic when they can't find a way out and may damage themselves or your fence
while trying to escape.
Overall Things You'll Need
- keeping deer out
- perimeter fences for gardens
- repelling deer
- garden pests