Tips to Help You Set Up Your Deer Fence

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05/27/2022
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Tips to Help You Set Up Your Deer Fence

Having unwanted visitors in your backyard can be a recurring frustration to many. As urban development increases, animals encroach into residential property in search of food. The best solution to your problem is to install a deer fence.  

Modern metal fence kits are sturdy and versatile. They require less time for repair and replacements while providing livestock, garden, and vegetation protection. Hex fence set up isn’t overly complicated; it can be done by yourself with the right tools. Whatever your preference, Benner’s Gardens’ fencing material black PVC, and an assortment of sizes and features for use in many areas. Let’s take a look at the best practices when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted visitors. 

What Type of Fence Do You Need?  

The first step in protecting your land is reviewing the variety of fencing options available to you. There are two main types to choose from: polypropylene and metal fence kits. 

Poly fencing is lightweight and durable. Its breaking strengths are 650 lbs./sq. ft. or 750 lbs./sq. ft., making it an excellent option for keeping deer away from your gardens, backyard, or other protected areas. It costs a fraction of traditional fencing and is rated to last up to 20 years.  

Metal fence kits, on the other hand, are the best option for a deer fence. They are a reliable, unobstructive option that offers protection to your desired area without being an eyesore. There are 3 different types to consider:   

Fixed Knot 

Commonly favored by stock owners, this type of deer fence is corrosion and rust-resistant, durable, and sustainable. It holds strong against animals and weather conditions due to its high tensile structure. It does well with larger and smaller animals alike due to graduated openings towards the bottom of the fencing. Fixed knot is one of the strongest wire fences since the fixed knot is constructed separately against the horizontal line wire. The resulting structure allows for increased fence strength, widespread post spacing, and a 40-year life cycle. 

Welded Wire  

Welded wire deer fencing has a variety of applications: agriculture, gardening, horticulture, landscaping and construction projects. Its adaptable nature makes it one of the most versatile and affordable options for protection against animal damage. The composition of the wire includes low carbon, galvanized and stainless steel, and corrosion resistant welded gratings. The life cycle of this fencing depends on the heaviness of the gauge wires, but they will have a long life in residential or publicly populated areas. There are no terrain restrictions for welded wire fencing. It is suitable for any terrains, including hills, mountains, and traditional family settings.  

Hex Wire  

Hex wire is an easily installed deer fence with mesh construction resistant to animal chewing and digging. You can add it to any deer fencing to protect against smaller animals, including rodents. A typical steel hex fence is made with 20-gauge galvanized wire. This wire is covered with a PVC coating for optimal endurance and weather protection. The life cycle of a hex wire fence is about 20 to 30 years and is best suited for small and large properties alike.  

Other Considerations for Your Deer Fence 

After you have decided which type of fencing is best for you, it’s time to complete your install. We recommend installing white “warning” flags whenever you put up a new fence. These flags should run every 10’ to 15’ along the line of the fence to deter deer from the fencing site. Since deer learn specific paths and the fence may be difficult to see, these white flags will ensure the safety of the deer and reduce collisions with your fence. After the deer have grown accustomed to their new path away from the fence, you may remove the white flags.  

The best way to ensure a sturdy installation of your metal fence kits is to use your fencing in conjunction with trees as a support system. If your chosen area does not have tree access, you should supplement the deer fence with support posts. Be sure to attach your fencing to the ground every 5’ to 10’ to make sure the structure is impenetrable underneath. You can add a hex fence to the bottom to increase your protection against smaller animals. Call us at 1-800-BIG-DEER (244-3337) with any fencing questions unique to your needs. We are here to help! 

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