Keeping Animals out of Your Garden
Animals don't seem to realize that you didn't plant your vegetables and ornamentals for
their dinner. That's why a good fence makes good neighbors with deer, raccoons, groundhogs, and
other critters. Of course, you may want to supplement your fence with repellents, sprays, and
other deterrents. Here are a few tips on how best to protect your garden.
When a Fence Is Effective
Standard fences are very good for keeping out dogs, rabbits, and groundhogs. Just include
chicken wire at the base to keep then from squeezing in through the cracks. Also, you'll want
to bury your fencing into the ground and mound up some earth on either side to keep animals
from sneaking in underneath.
Protect Your Garden Against Climbers and Leapers
Raccoons love to climb, so you'll need a high fence for them. If you are trying to keep out
deer, your fence needs to be wide. Deer can clear 12 feet, but they can't handle wide barriers.
Even a four-feet tall fence that's four feet wide will keep out deer. Unfortunately, no matter
what kind of fence you create, you won't be able to keep out mice, moles, squirrels, or birds.
You can protect fruit trees from birds by wrapping netting around the fruit.
Your Second Line of Defense
If fencing doesn't keep out your animal visitors, you still have good options. Sprays and
repellents work for deer. Other animals respond to fake predators, tree guards, and hot pepper
juice spray. Experiment to see which method works best for you.