- Mar 20, 2009
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- Southeast Louisiana Zone 9A
Yeah, that fence serves two purposes, three actually. Its there for deer and dog protection. At times my wife and I have counted over 50 deer grazing in that pasture just to the east, this side of the woods off Stevenson Mountain. I decided to put up a deer fence after deer ate most of my sweet potato vines, I cut up a few bars of Irish Spring and scattered that among the sweet potato vines that were left, and they came back a couple of nights later to finish them off.April Manier said:Ridgerunner, I see that you went ahead and fenced your garden. How big is it and what did you use? How high did you go?
Id had what I assume was the neighbors dog go in and destroy where green peas were just coming up by digging in there. Probably after a vole. That dog just wouldnt quit digging! Its amazing how much damage he did.
I considered an electric fence but didnt want to have to keep the weeds and grass cleared out to keep from grounding it out. So I put in some wooden fence posts and used 5 high no-dig kennel fencing. Thats a lot like chicken wire but fairly heavy gauge. Then I screwed 2x4s onto the posts to raise the height to 10, drilled holes in the 2x4s at 6, 8, and 10 above ground level and pulled brace wire through that.
Did I need to go 10 high? I dont know, but after seeing how ridiculously easy these deer clear a 5 high fence I decided it was worth doing.
My third use for the fence? Pole beans and cucumbers. Occasionally the deer eat some of the beans outside the fence, but I can live with that amount of damage. This use was actually an afterthought. Deer and dogs were the reason.