One of the things we love about our back yard is that it has woods. One of the things we don’t love is that the woods are home to a lot of deer, and the deer love to eat our plants and vegetables in our garden and landscaping.
Over the past few years, we’ve tried numerous deer-repellent products and techniques, both commercial and otherwise. Still, the deer come right in to the yard and munch away. We finally made the decision to put up a deer fence along our back yard to try to keep them out, and the follow is a summary of what we did.
The product we ended up going with is called Deer-X, and while it’s marketed as temporary, many of the reviews we read indicated it is durable enough for multiple seasons. Plus, by comparison to more robust products, it is very affordable. We bought two 7′ x 100′ rolls. Total paid: $49.00.
Since the Deer-X is so lightweight, we were able to use inexpensive T-posts rather than the kind of fence posts you might see on a chain-link fence. To span the width of our back yard required 15 posts spaced about 12′ to 15′ apart. The T-posts measure 7′ tall, but have an effective height of about 6′ after you pound them in to the ground. I simply used a light sledge hammer to pound them in, though T-post drivers do exist. Total paid: $5.69 each x 15 = $85.00.
In order to support the Deer-X netting between the posts, I followed a recommendation I found to string a thin wire between the posts, then zip-tie the mesh to the wire. The wire I used was 18-gauge flexible steel wire that I actually found in the picture-hanging department. It is sturdy enough that it can be pulled tight and not sag, but flexible enough that I can twist it on itself and not need additional hardward to secure it. I got two 110′ spools for about $4.00 each. I also got about 200 4″ zip ties. Total paid: $14.00.
The bottom of the mesh is staked to the ground to keep the deer from pushing underneath the netting. For this I purchased a bag of landscape fabric pins which are U-shaped and about 6″ long. I had anywhere from 12-14″ of extra netting at the bottom so I gathered it all up and put it in the stake in to the ground. I got a bag of 75 pins for $9.97, and I put them about every 18″. Total paid: $10.00.
The process of pounding in the posts, stringing the top wire, then attaching the netting took about 8 hours to do over 2 days. I ended up have to cut back some of the brush at the edge of the woods to get a clear path for the fence.
On a whole I am very pleased with how this project turned out. While you can see the green fence posts, the netting itself is hard to see at all when you’re more than 10 feet away. And it seems just enough of a deterrant to keep the deer away…though we’ll have to see if that is indeed true after a couple weeks.
Total time spent: 8 hours
Total cost of project: About $160.00 for a span approximately 180 feet long.