Deer are a persistent threat to your trees which can severely hurt them if left unchecked. Fence guards are intended to physically separate deer in the trees or dissuade them from going near them. The best deer guards are permanent constructions that completely encircle trees using a barrier that is large enough to prevent deer from going under or over it.
Kinds of Fencing
Conventional fences are a physical barrier that prevents deer from reaching your own trees. Some of the barriers frequently utilized to exclude deer from a place include wire mesh, chain link, solid wires and plastic sheets or sheets. You can also use electrified fencing to provide an effective deterrent to deer that is somewhat less pronounced than a traditional fence.
Deer can jump around 12 feet, under stress, and can easily leap any fence which is less than 8 feet high. Fence guards which are meant to prevent deer from the area should provide a continuous barrier around the perimeter of the trees you’re protecting. If you need a shorter fence, it is possible to angle the fence outwards to make it more challenging for deer to leap over. The very effective electrified fences are about 4 feet high with an electrified strands placed every 6 to 9 inches. Deer can squeeze through spaces as small as 7 1/2 inches in diameter. Make sure your fence does not leave any gaps larger than 6 inches near the ground.
Deer repellant materials can help prevent deer from penetrating damaged or fragile regions of your fencing before it’s possible to repair it. Materials including human hair, soap and chemical repellants can discourage deer from gaps in your fence. It is also possible to use lures in your electric fence which entice deer to touch the fence, teaching them to keep away from it along with your own trees. Peanut butter stuck to tin foil is a powerful method for attracting deer.
Most deer will attempt to go under a fence till they jump it over. Ensure your fence does not have any gaps at ground level. Fence guards and other deer deterrents are best when they’re installed prior to deer establish a pattern of behaviour that is damaging to your trees. Monitor your fence and trees for harm and fix its position or configuration if deer are still getting through. Electrified fences are made to discourage deer rather than physically excluding them from your own trees. If you’re using an electrified fence, be sure to electrify it soon after it’s installed to ensure that the deer do not learn to go through it.