Hungry critters will eat your vegetables and flowers. Thus, you need to invest in barriers to protect your plants as best as you can. Although you may not be able to stop animals completely from entering your garden, you will slow them down with the right fencing solution. The kind of protection you need depends on the type of threats you get.
Here are your options to keep animals out of your garden:
Rabbits can cause millions of dollars of annual loss to agricultural production. Using rabbit-proof fencing is a viable option for most landholders because of its high initial cost. Also, land care experts are concerned that any rabbit remaining in fenced off native bush remnants could reduce the remnant’s long-term viability. But, rabbit-proof fencing can offer complete, long-term protection for both crops and pastures adjacent to fenced bush remnants.
After completely removing all rabbits from within the fenced bush refuge, landowners or managers don’t need further control action. However, if these animals persist, remedial action should be taken to ensure the residual rabbits don’t impact the viability of bush remnants.
An effective rabbit fence must be about 900mm high, with the bottom 150mm bent to lie on the ground facing toward the direction of the anticipated future pressure from rabbits. Often, this barrier faces away from the bush remnant and can be secured with soil and rock.
Deer is the biggest threat to your garden. Any hungry deer will eat anything. If you own a big garden plot, you must have sturdy wooden posts to hold a strong steel deer fence. Ensure the fencing is at least 8 feet high since deer can hop over a 6-foot fence on its sturdy high legs. A lot of people use electric fencing. This requires the use of fencing that is five feet high. The first wire must be ten inches off the ground and 4 spaced wires around 12 inches apart. But, if you have a smaller pot or a garden that runs along the side of the house, you may many options to pick from. For instance, if your garden is against your house, you can invest in a 6-foot-high fence of deer mesh or netting attached to a bamboo, plastic, or metal poles is enough.
Moreover, if you have a free-standing, smaller pot, consider using poles 4-6 feet high to attach the deer fence around the garden’s perimeter. Then, put up another circle of netting and poles 4 feet from this.