THE FOLLOWING QUESTON CAME TO OUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Linda wrote:
I spoke with "Homegrown" radio in Spring about Double Row Deer Fence, and host Andrew said that you have installed it around your gardens. I’ve searched your website and blogs, and haven’t found anything about it. I was wondering if you’d consider posting photo’s etc. I’m very interested in installing this type of deer fencing around my property.
Linda: Basically it’s just two picket fences, or a wire fence and a picket fence, 4 or 5 feet apart and each about that high. This Oregon State PDF shows you a pic of the general idea, on page 4: extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/ec/ec1557.pdf Mine is one row of picket and one row of "trip wire" (meaning three strands of electric wire stretched between posts 4 feet in front of the pickets). Mine isn’t electrified, but simply prevents them from getting off to a running start before leaping the picket fence. Note that you have to have coverage near the ground on at least one layer or they can wriggle under, especially fawns.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.