I reckon we all know about the problem.
Your garden is looking great; all that hard work through the fall, winter and spring is paying off.
The flowers are in full bloom, the berries are coming out and the birds are singing.
Then, one beautiful evening, you come home from the office and the garden is a wreck.
Those varmints have got in again.
Keeping area wildlife out is a constant task for every homeowner to face during the year. Deer, raccoons and chipmunks like to eat what they can no matter what the month. Same goes for rabbits, possums and moles.
The right fencing will keep the wildlife out, but what fencing should you pick?
It’s a common question and a list of solutions would include:
- Identify The Local Wildlife
- Install A Privacy Fence
- Get A Bit Of Height On The Job
- Don’t Forget To Go Down Under The Dirt
- Use Puppy Panels
Identify The Local Wildlife
The key to getting any fencing job right is knowing what you are dealing with when it comes to problem areas.
Ask the neighbors or ideally the local wildlife officer about the animals living in the district.
Wildlife migrate during the seasons so ask about the regular visitors too.
When you know what wildlife will be trying to wage war in the garden, then you can start to build the defenses.
Install A Privacy Fence
A privacy fence can help in many ways with a wildlife problem.
If the animals can’t see into the garden, then they may not be tempted to invade.
A privacy fence can also be tough to climb and of course, they are impossible to slip through as they are solid, as opposed to rails or spaced slats.
Raccoons, woodchucks, and possums won’t be able to scamper up a vinyl fence, but be careful of trees giving them a launching pad.
Privacy fences stand solidly at different heights also, which can help with another little problem.
Get A Bit Of Height On The Job
A tall fence will be off-putting to the local wildlife.
A deer will not be able to jump it and the likes of possums and woodchucks will not fancy the climb up and over.
Avoid putting lights on a tall fence as it will only attract animals and give them something to aim at when attempting to climb.
In many areas ordinance prohibits or controls the height of tall fences, so ask at the local building office for guidance when erecting a fence above three or four feet.
Don’t Forget To Go Down Under The Dirt
Most animals can burrow.
Especially those little fellows who like to eat the fresh produce such as rabbits and raccoons.
Deer can jump over a short fence, but they are also good at sliding under a rail or even a privacy fence with a gap between it and the soil.
Where possible, you should build the fence very close to the soil.
You will need to lay a protective barrier, of at least two-foot deep and wide, in areas where gophers, moles, and chipmunks are a problem.
Those little cuties can burrow down and into your garden without you knowing any better.
You will only know they are there when you see the chewed bark and the mounds of dirt across the lawn.
Dig for victory.
Use Puppy Panels
Puppy panels do an excellent job of keeping your little pooch safe
They can also help in the ongoing war with the local wildlife.
Place them along the lower rails of an aluminum fence or the gaps between an older wood fence and the dirt.
If you have your heart set on a picket fence, then try a layer of puppy panels along with it, so rabbits and other furry invaders will keep their distance.
Keeping area wildlife out is an annual battle but with the right fence, you will stay ahead of the enemy.