It’s really annoying to plant a vegetable garden, only to have pests wreak havoc in your garden. Nobody wishes to let their labor and time go to waste. That’s why most of us often resort to any possible preventive measures to keep the pests out of our gardens. Well, the approach you take doesn’t have to break the bank, and the only sure way to keep the animals out of your prized garden is by fencing it. A proper garden fence can be, without doubt, your strongest ally; providing your vegetables with a consistent and reliable barrier. Read on to learn more about the best vegetable garden fence ideas!
1. Pest Identification
The first step to successfully prevent pests from your garden is, of course, to figure out the type of animals that are bothering your vegetables. Identifying the threat is very important! Basically, this will help you determine the type of fence that is completely unique to that animal’s nature. But what if you’re new to gardening in your area and don’t know the type of animals invading your garden? Well, it would be best that you ask the local plant nurseries or gardeners which pests are common in your area. However, the most common garden animals that feed on vegetable plants include; groundhogs, gophers, mice, rabbits, chipmunks, raccoons, moles, deer, skunks, rats, squirrels, birds, and voles.
2. Garden Netting
Garden netting is a great solution to protect your plants. And since the nets are often designed to control specific pests, it’s generally recommended to choose one based on the type of animal you want keep off your vegetable plot. However, some can multitask and prevent different pests. When installing the net, it’s imperative that you stretch it firmly to the ground around your vegetables to keep out squirrels and bunnies as well.
3. Chicken Wire Fence
This is undeniably an inexpensive and effective option against pests such as rabbits, deer, skunks dogs, and other smaller animals. But keep in mind that deer can leap high and get into your garden, so you’ll have to erect the fence high enough with at least 8 ft. Also, it’s equally important that you bury the chicken wire 4-6 inches into the ground to prevent animals from burrowing under it.
4. Make a Split-rail Fence!
A log fence is another good option to fence your vegetable garden! It is suitable for smaller animals and pets such as cats and rabbits. But if you want to keep out larger animals, you’ll have to use heavier duty rail cut to a length of 8-10 feet. At this point you need a log splitter to cut your timber logs into rails. The fence is simple to construct, and can easily be assembled with few tools. You can also build it without using any nails. However, you have to make sure the logs are fitted properly, without leaving any gaps.
5. Stubborn Pests! Put an electric Fence!
If you have tried erecting fences but still there are stubborn animals that find their way into your garden, the last option is to install an electric fence. Though it can be expensive, it is the most effective solution. The fence gives a small shock that will surprise animals that touch it, making them back off on contact.
My name is Dianne and I am passionate about all things related to gardening. I blog about indoor and outdoor planting as well as offering useful information about the best gardening products.