5 Creative Uses for Hex & Poly Fences
If you live in areas with deer or rabbits, and you have a garden you’ve probably looked for ways to protect your flowers and vegetables from those persistent pests. This is the main reason for anyone to put up a fence. However, sturdy hex and poly fences have a variety of creative uses.
1. Supplement Decorative Iron Fencing
You can keep people and larger animals out of an area with an attractive wrought iron fence. But, that fence probably won’t stop rabbits, groundhogs, and young deer. Sometimes deer will try to squeeze between the bars and get trapped. That's another great reason to put a second layer of fencing around your property. A good poly or hex fence keeps out more animals without disrupting the view. A wire fence kit from Benner's Gardens includes fencing, posts, ties, and driving caps.
2. Train Vines
Use wood or metal stakes to brace a few pieces of poly fencing. Plant some vines in potting soil at the base of the fence and you get them to grow up and across the fence. In the south, you might use jasmine. In colder climates, you might go for ivy, honeysuckle, or hops.
3. Protect Pets
Create an inexpensive outdoor play area for your dog or cat by throwing up some poly or hex fencing around part of the yard. Add a gate at the back for easy access to the rest of the yard. You can preserve your view of the nearby woods or lake and save money compared to a relatively less attractive chain link.
4. Raise the Fence Height
Deer can jump up to seven feet or more. If you don’t want them jumping into your yard, or getting hung up on your fence and hurting themselves there is a simply poly fence solution. Add a second, taller deer fence just inside or outside your wooden or chain link fence. Or, add some fencing to the top. You could also use a poly or hex fence as a second, see-through deer fence to reinforce your existing backyard fence.
5. Protect Your Trees
Deer often rub against tree trunks which tears away the bark. They also nibble on the leaves of young trees. You can put a stop to this with poly fences by simply wrapping the trunk, leaving a gap of a few inches between fence and trunk. You can also put a small enclosure around a sapling with a few yards of poly fencing.
Put deer fencing around a big shrub or a small tree to keep deer from nibbling on them. You can also secure an area like a vegetable garden by using some deer netting or fence material mounted atop an existing fence. Angle the fence inward or outward to deter deer from leaning over the fence. This is also a great trick for protecting plants that grow right up against the house. You need wooden stakes or rods but you can secure a 20-foot section of fence and wrap it around a group of plants growing near the deck or along the front of the house.
Benner’s Gardens has a variety of poly and hence fence options. You can also purchase a wire fence kit to put up a regular deer fence that doesn’t block your view and is too high for deer to jump. Our fences also feature gaps that are too small for smaller animals to try to crawl between, meaning they won’t get stuck and hurt themselves. Shop our fencing options online or contact us at 1-800-BIG-DEER (244-3337) for more information on our hex and poly fences.