Great Cheap Deer Fence

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 🙂

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  1. Sandra Williamson

    T-posts I’m just hearing about now. I am new to extreme anti-deer approaches & I need serious information, leaving out no details, please. I just heard about the fence that rules out deer & that’s what I need. Obstacles are rocks as this planting bed is in the woods & it is challenging to find an inch that isn’t rock covered. That enhances it’s appearance but makes dealing with posts quite a challenge. Any help is welcome. I’m in PA, about an hour SW of Philadelphia & deer population is overdone by a lot. We moved here when they were hunted but now 45 years later, the overpopulation makes them an annoyance & they’ll eat plants that had been safe for all those years. Now they are a menace & destroy most plantings & thank you for having a product that will stop them prior to eating everything green! Thank you! I’m unaware of where I can buy this but rely on you to inform me.
    I’ve had Lyme Disease, apparently a bad case requiring the very longterm Rxs. Happily, that period is behind me.
    Bye, Sandie Williamson

    • DamnDeer

      Hi Sandie,

      My apologies on the delay in replying – the message got stuck in my spam folder 🙁 …

      Sorry to hear about your rocks. You can send me some – I’m a few hundred feet short of finishing the retainer wall on my raised flower beds 🙂 Sadly, your site isn’t a Tpost-friendly place. All it takes is one rather small rock in the wrong spot and you have to move the post or excavate. Spraying is far easier in your case. Spraying Deer Stopper every 2 weeks as the leaves come on will train your deer somewhat that there’s not anything tasty smelling in your garden. It stays on longer, but new growth isn’t protected and it happens fast the first month of the season. After that, just spray once a month unless you get a monsoon spell where it rains and rains for days on end. Too much water always washes off a non-latex coating, so don’t forget to reapply thoroughly when the weather system moves on. You need dry foliage and a 3-hour window of no rain or irrigation for it to cure on the leaves. I buy my Deer Stopper on Amazon because no one in this neck of the woods carries it locally. That 32 ounce bottle is plenty for me through the season, but you’ll have to learn how long that bottle lasts. I apply it with an old Windex bottle. Great sprayer quality!

      Now if someone would just create an easier way to battle Rose Chafers and fog-enduced tomato diseases!

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