Although you may think of all deer like Bambi, in reality, they’re considered pests. Not only are deer notorious for eating and wreaking havoc on gardens and backyards, but they also can carry dangerous ticks that can cause Lyme disease. The best way to prevent your yard from being destroyed by deer or exposed to the illnesses they carry is by adding a fence.
Of course, when contending with deer, your standard privacy fence or decorative fence won’t cut it. When shopping for a deer fence you need to consider:
Fence Height: Deer can jump incredibly high, so your fence needs to be tall enough that they can’t get over it. Typically deer can jump just under 8 feet in the air, so you should plan on your fence being around 8 feet tall or higher.
Need for Slack: Because deer will try to dig and push underneath your fence it needs to have some slack to it. For example, if you select a wire mesh fence, you should extend the wire mesh and allow it to spill out over the ground in front of the fence and then pin the excess down. This will ensure there are no gaps between the fence and the ground.
There are two main fencing types that will cover the height needed as well as the need for slack: metal-mesh and polypropylene-mesh fencing.
Metal mesh, also known as wire mesh fencing is made of heavy-gauge metal and attached to posts. It is the more expensive of the two options and is incredibly durable. You can choose to leave the mesh in its natural state, or coat it with black polyethylene to make it look nearly invisible. It’s important to note that if you decide you want the coated mesh, be prepared to pay a little more.
Like wire mesh fencing, a polypropylene mesh fence is simply created by attaching the mesh to a pole in the ground. Because polypropylene isn’t as durable as metal mesh, this fencing type is less expensive. In addition, if aesthetics are important to you, this mesh variation is nearly invisible which will allow you to enjoy uninterrupted views of your landscape. Make sure that if you select this fencing type that you choose one that has a high breaking load so that if a deer attempts to get through your fence, it won’t break.
Both deer fence variations will work effectively to keep deer out of your property, so your selection will most likely be determined by your budget. No matter which fence type you choose, our experts at Sierra Fence will be able to customize your fence to exactly fit your needs. Give us a call today!