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- Apr 18, 2014
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- Lower Hudson Valley, New York
Four problems.Have you ever used an electric fence before?
When I rented space for my horses years ago the owner thought an electric fence was preferable to Fixing fences.
When you forget and touch it/grab it, the surge goes Right through you to the ground bc you become the circuit connection.
Just thought you should know.
Chicken wire is cheap and works,, too.
1. I'm suburban so things like chicken wire and hay bales are not thing I can just walk down to my local feed store and get. I'd have to hope the hardware store carried it, and even if it did, it would be VERY expensive there. Ditto ordering it by mail, the wire might not cost much, but the shipping would.
2. It's almost impossible to get the ground there even LEVEL or smooth (there just too many rocks), so pretty much ANY fence is useless. And digging it out and replacing it with better soil runs into the same problem as the wire, I'd go bankrupt trying to get enough top soil to fill a 12x12x12 space (let alone the fact that, with all of the oaks and hemlocks shedding their innumerable acid producing leaves in there I'd have to replace all of that soil every few years. AS IS, it take two whole bags of lime to make it neutral enough to grow ANYTHING.
3. It's a fair distance between the garden and any place on the house we could plug in the power, and even farther to anywhere we could put a generator, as well as no clear route between the two that would not end up with the cable shredded by either the gardeners as they mow (since they don't pay attention to anything,) or us tripping over it every time we wanted to walk on the side patio). And even if there exists some sort of way to power it solarly, there, is, as I said, almost no where on our property that GETS any significant sun.
4. An electric fence would run into the same bans that keep me from using traps, or poison, or weaponry, or attack animals. I can't do anything that even has a CHANCE of potentially hurting any persons pet (or small child) who might wander into the yard. And considering how many local people think it's okay to TELL their dogs to do their business on our yard and then leave it for us to clean up, I see a lawsuit waiting to happen.