Posted By Jonathan on April 2, 2012
We have been very fortunate when it comes to avoiding deer and rabbit damage in our garden. Last year, it took about 2 weeks until they found our newly planted plum trees, and then they only stripped the one tree, and never came back. They did eat some of my wife’s flowers, but not excessively. Our blueberries got mowed on the first night, however, so we quickly installed a fence and didn’t have any issues after that.
Most deer can leap over anything less than 8 feet with little effort. Our fence is 5 feet, though, and we haven’t had any problems. Our fruit garden is fenced in with 4 foot fence, and no problems thus far. We are counting our blessings. If they began getting in, I would quickly double the size of the fence to around 10 feet, but placing another section of 5 foot fence on top of the existing fence. My hope is that they will go for the grass/weeds outside the garden which are easier to get to.
In addition to keeping the deer out, this fence has also kept the rabbits out. I’m pretty sure a baby rabbit could still get in, however, I don’t think we have many around. If they started getting in, I would simply place chicken fence around the entire perimeter, so the openings are much smaller.
Also, this past weekend I placed 5 foot fence in a circle around our plum trees and cherry tree, around 5-6 feet away from the tree. I’m counting on the deer not wanted to leap over the fence into such a small area. Also, the tree should be just out of reaching distance for the deer. Using this setup also allows us to use pantyhose as a way of tying the tree in place, rather than buying tree staking kits. Just tie the pantyhose to the tree, and to the fence in various places, and the tree is secure. You can also tie individual branches in place, to give the tree a very uniform look.