A. Deer Fence
In many parts of the country, deer have become the main cause of
damage to gardens. Our motion-activated sprinkler (AT610) works
well, but you would need a number of them to protect a large garden.
We have tested deer fencing for several years and settled on this
3/4" mesh in rolls 100' long and 7' high.
Although 100' weighs less than 2 lb, the mesh is very strong, easily
keeping rabbits and ground hogs at bay. With deer it depends on
a scarecrow effect. Deer won't breach it if they see it; the only
problem is if they stumble upon it at night. Deer have excellent
night vision but the mesh is nearly invisible at a distance of 20'
even in daylight. For this reason we strongly recommend tying a
horizontal ribbon (or 1/4" polypropylene rope) 3' to 4' off
the ground as a visible warning at all times.
Any mesh used outdoors could entangle unintended wildlife, but
careful placement and the use of warning ribbons can minimize this
risk. For example, if using the fence to deter deer only, consider
leaving a gap of 6" or more above the ground to allow small
animals to pass.
Made of high-density UV-resistant polyethylene, the mesh withstands
both sun and cold. An effective and inexpensive solution, it installs
easily with staples (sold separately) and any small-diameter posts.
Detailed fence-building instructions and user tips included.
Mesh fence can be attached to posts with a hand stapler; however,
this method can cut through the mesh if too much force is used (particularly
when stapling into softwood). These traditional 3/4" U-shaped
galvanized staples are perfect for the job. They tap into place
easily to hold mesh securely without cutting it.
Available by the half pound (over 200 staples), these are also
useful to hold vines on trellises or other wooden backing of any
C. Fencing Tool
This traditional tool has a single-point pulling claw designed to
pull the U-shaped staples used to hold barbed wire, page wire, chain
link, deer fencing, etc. It also has a serrated hammer face to minimize
mis-strikes when driving staples. Additional features are wire-stretching
grips, nail-pulling teeth, wire-cutting notches on both sides, and
high-friction handgrips. The satin-finish chrome plating minimizes
corrosion. 10-1/2" overall.