Let’s face it, inexpensive deer fencing you can buy today is ineffective. The poles and plastic mesh are not really “cheap.” Worse still, they do little to stop deer from getting into the garden if you’re under heavy deer browse pressure. They make this stuff black so it will be more attractive to you, but deer are on the prowl have no problem seeing it, which makes them fearless. So, they walk right through it. Save your money, the stuff is pretty useless.
Naturally, the other “professional deer fence” options out there are super expensive, and spraying your fruit and vegetable plants is just out of the question. No one wants to eat foods tainted with the taste of garlic, rotten eggs, or hot sauce, which is what happens when you apply ‘organic deer repellents’ to your edibles. We grow fresh food, because we want it to have great flavor, and rotten eggs isn’t part of the big picture here.
The other day I ran across this video and it’s an idea that holds some promise. Here’s a DIY deer fence trick that is ridiculously cheap to put together, and should do a great job of spooking your marauding munchers. Check it out…
You could easily make this more ornamental and less utilitarian. Get crafty with your noise-maker stands. Buckets are paintable, lid and all, with Fusion spray paint by Krylon. The poles you use can also be upgraded, though paint will only stick to bamboo stakes for part of a season… the surface is way too slick and non-porous. But you can paint T-posts, which are steel, and using wood posts will last for a number of summers if you store them inside over the winter. T-posts however, will outlast even bamboo.
A word to the wise – put this up in mid to late spring. Yes, even before you’re worried about planting the cabbages, beans, and assorted garden faves. You want to instill the idea that this is not a cool place to be really early in the season. If you wait until they’ve dined on your stuff heavily, it’s harder to break the habit. Harder? This translates to a greater fortification, which naturally costs more money. The early bird gets the worm… so to speak 🙂