Although seeing a deer can be exciting, seeing a deer in your garden can be devastating news for you if you are a gardener and spend a significant amount of time caring for your crops. Erecting a fence may not be enough to deter deer from trying to get into your yard, especially when you consider the fact that white-tailed deer can jump up to 15 feet high. If you find that some deer are making it past the fence you have erected, here are 3 simple enhancements you can do to your fence that might change their minds the next time around.
Hang Soaps Near or on the Fence
Deer get easily offended by pungent odors and smells. You can keep deer away from the fences by hanging bar soaps on them—the smellier, the better. Look for soaps that don't contain coconut oil—as this has been found to attract deer—and contain tallow instead. Tallow is an ingredient derived from animal fatty acids. Studies have found that deer will only feed to within 3 feet of the soap, so you'll want to hang the soap accordingly around the fences.
You don't have to use anything fancy. Cheap soap that can be found at a local supermarket in bulk or even at a flea market will do the trick. Use a string to hang the soap on your fence. It's important to note that while the soap can repel deer, it may attract other small rodents and animals, as some of these animals may actually like to eat soap. If this is the case, you'll need to replace the soap whenever it looks like it's running low.
Tie Streamers to Establish a Border
Deer also do not have really good vision. As a result, if you have chain fences or even barbed wire fences, the deer may still attempt to jump over or push through the fencing. You can really help them out by tying colored streamers along the fence to establish a border. You can even try adding streamers to the top of the fence in order to make the fence appear higher than what it actually is.
While any type and color of streamer will do, some homeowners claim that white streamers are the most effective, especially when it comes to repelling white-tailed deer. This is because the streamers may mimic the white-tailed signal that white-tailed deer use to signify trouble. If you're going to use streamers, look for ones that are made from waterproof materials. These streamers will better tolerate weather conditions.
Dangle Wind Chimes at the Fence
Another one of the deer's senses to stimuli is sound. Most deer get easily spooked whenever they hear sounds, as they are wary of any dangers that may be around them. If deer seem to still get past the fence you've erected from time to time, consider dangling wind chimes at varying intervals of the fence. You don't necessarily have to choose an obnoxious wind chime that may also drive you crazy when you're outside, as even the quietest wind chime can scare deer away.
Just make sure that you dangle wind chime made from porcelain or ceramic materials. If you're going to be using metal wind chimes, make sure that the metal will not rust easily if exposed to rain or snow.
Adding these enhancements to your deer fence, like those at York Fence Co, can really help you keep them out without harming them. These enhancements won't affect the structural integrity of the fence, are relatively inexpensive and can be easily installed. They've also been found to be rather effective and can help protect the fruits of your hard labor from getting eaten.Share
26 September 2016
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