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Garden Pests #2: Our new electic fence - keeping out the wildlife.

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Blog entry by coloradogirl posted 10-13-2011 11:58 AM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Unwelcome Garden Visitors Part 2 of Garden Pests series Part 3: Our new electic fence - the revised version. »

Of all our projects this year, The Fence has remained my favorite. It can barely be seen from the yard, and it adds no charm or color, but it is wonderful! I can now garden with abandon, and sleep soundly at night, free from worrying about garden marauders.

This spring, after the mule deer had eaten all my new plantings and the visit from the neighbors bulls, we decided to install an electric fence around the yard. By this time, I had lost all compassion for the deer, and was threatening to learn to shoot a shotgun. After listening to enough complaining and whining about my devastated garden, Tom decided it would be cheaper in the long run, on his nerves, to just install the fence. After many hours of researching on the internet, he came up with a materials list and approximate cost for the new electric fence. The initial planned cost would be $300.00. Not bad, compared to the cost of a wood or solid wire fence.

First, he had to lay out the fence and and determine the total length. The fence had to end close enough to the house, to provide electricity for “The Zapper” (my favorite part) The total length, to enclose the main yard and garden, turned out to be roughly 1/4 mile. The fence would start at the back corner of the house, next to the electric box, go around the yard (winding through the tree line) and end at the main entrance wall we had constructed the previous year. With this total length, Tom installed the fence posts at the recommended intervals. Next, he installed the plastic isolators and then strung the galvanized wire around the perimeter at the suggested heights. Finally, he hooked up the zapper to the electrical box, and plugged it into the fence. Viola! The Shields are up, Captain.

I know I made this all sound so easy, right? That’s because Tom did all the digging of the post holes, and the installation of the fence components. While I supplied ample drinks and snacks, fetched tools and generally just cheered him on. The fence was installed, from start to finish, in one weekend. I was so happy!

Until….. I went out to have my morning coffee in the garden, and found a deer munching my new Agastache.
How in the he__ did a deer get into the yard!!!! I start screaming, un-lady like verbiage, at 6am in the morning.

Next…. Refining the new electric fence and what we learned about keeping large wildlife out of the yard.

-- coloradogirl---SW Colorado, 7,000' elevation, zone 4,



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dini

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posted 10-13-2011 02:28 PM

You want a fence to keep deer out of your yard, you’re looking at about 8 feet high.
Or you can try tying streamers at frequent intervals to the top wire. I’ve heard that can work.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-14-2011 06:43 AM

oooooooooooooooh nooooooo
I bet your hubby looked like a “deer in the headlights” as he reflected on his hard work with unwanted results.

I’ve also heard that fishline works because it is invisible and when they walk into it they don’t know what it is and just move along. If they can see it, they will just jump it … good in theory anyway.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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