Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Right Garden Fence
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National Fence Systems, the premier fence company in New Jersey, will show you the ultimate tips to choose the best fence for your beloved garden.
If you have a beautiful garden in the backyard of your home, then you know you’ll eventually come across wild animals who want nothing more than to eat it up. This problem happens to everyone; after all, beautiful New Jersey is home to a wide array of wild animals. The only way to prevent these animals from eating your harvest is by protecting your garden with a fence.
You could say forget the fence and buy a farm dog, use repellants, or scare tactics, but those options are proven to be ineffective. However, there has always been one good solution for protecting gardens, and that highly effective method is simply installing a fence. A fence will provide your garden with around-the-clock protection that will not fail you and your hard-earned crops.
But how do you go about choosing the type of fence to buy? Today, National Fence Systems in New Jersey is going to show you some helpful tips on how to pick the right fence to protect your garden.
Figure Out Your Needs
The biggest threat to your garden will undoubtedly be the wild animals who are trying to reach your garden to get to some yummy food. Since you live in New Jersey, we already know you are going to come across many deer, groundhogs, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and pocket gophers. You’ll likely run into a few possums and insects as well. But as a gardener, you already know some of those pesky insects are actually a good thing for your garden.
The first step in protecting your garden is figuring out what type of fence you need. But to do that, you must figure out what animals are frequenting and helping themselves to your garden. Most animals are known for leaving trails, such as footprints, tooth marks, or tunnels and holes. It’s time for you to check it out and decipher what animals are coming around.
Simply looking at your damaged vegetables will help you pinpoint whether it was a bird, groundhog, deer, or squirrel. If you try and still can’t tell who has been helping themselves to your harvest, we suggest you set a live camera that will only cost a few bucks to help you figure out who the guilty party really is.
Types of Fencing
Once you figure out the guilty party who is causing troubles in your garden, now comes the fun part, which is picking the fence. Plastic mesh can be used to stop deer, but rabbits are known for gnawing right through it and creating a hole for other animals to also come, as well.
A fence can be used to prevent big animals from coming through, such as post-and-wire fencing. There are three types of fences you can use for this specific purpose.
A Woven Wire Fence
Woven wire fences are great because they are very sturdy. They will resist impact from big animals and can be installed on uneven terrains.
A Welded Wire Fence
Welded wire fences are a little stiffer than woven ones and require minimal stretching, making them very easy to install around your garden. They work best if you have level ground.
Stock panels are fences that consist of panels that are 16 feet in length. These are perfect because they can be moved easily.
If the animal who is eating your vegetables is a pocket gopher, a groundhog, rabbit, or skunk, you’ll need a buried barrier, also known as chicken wire or hardware cloth. You need to bury this mesh deep because these animals are known for digging deep underground holes. How deep you bury the mesh will depend on which animal is trying to get to your veggies. The deeper you dig, the better your garden will be protected.
Since you live in New Jersey, it’s safe to say that you have a lot of deer in your backyard. But don’t worry, there are several things you can do to keep this animal at bay and prevent them from getting to all your crops. Some of the things you can do include growing catnip and daffodils or hanging the blankets your dog sleeps on from nearby trees or close to the garden. However, these methods aren’t fool-proof.
As you already know, deer can jump very high, so this will be need to be taken into consideration when you get your fence.
When you buy a fence for your garden, it needs to serve several purposes. First, it needs to keep the deer and other animals away from your garden. But it also has to be high enough to prevent deer from trying to jump over the fence. Believe us, they will try to jump it. Deer have poor depth perception and will do what it takes to get over the barrier and into your scrumptious garden.
A garden takes a lot of time and efforts on your part. Here at National Fence Systems, we don’t want wild animals coming in and eating everything you have worked so hard to grow. If you’re looking to install a fence to protect your garden, or you’re looking at any other type of fence for your property, contact us today so we can assist you. We have years of experience helping our valued customers keep the wild animals from eating their crops. You can take a look at some of our previous work on our website.