How to Install Wire Mesh Deer Fencing

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 natural.
  • 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 animal.
  • STEP 7: Prevent deer from slipping under the fence by tacking down the bottom at 5- to 6-foot intervals with hooked ground stakes.
  • 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 fence.

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

Topics Addressed

  • keeping deer out
  • perimeter fences for gardens
  • repelling deer
  • garden pests

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