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Deer Proofing our Gardens in Clark County, WA

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Our thoughts are turning to gardening again. It’s nearly time to start prepping the beds for early Spring planting. However, our ViewHome™ in Camas is also surrounded by deer. We’re not complaining, when you choose ” Nature As Neighbors ”  it requires thought and creativity to coexist in harmony with area wildlife. Therefore, we’re in the research stages and hope to soon come up with a viable solution.

Too bad the NBA can’t draft deer as they are amazing jumpers. White-tails can jump almost eight feet, so presumably we’re going to need a fence at least that high. But wait, apparently the little guys (fawns) can wriggle under fences too, so we’ll have to make sure the fence is secure at the ground level too. Ground level security will also help keep out the other little critters we often see, such as bunnies.

So far, we’ve discovered a fence made out of 30 weight fishing line, a double row of 4′ tall fencing spaced 5′ apart, and 6′ fencing slanted outward. Apparently the latter option should be slanted at a 45-degree angle to make the jumping distance longer. Deer can jump high, but not both high and over a distance.

Oh dear, deer. We must confess, as animal lovers, we thought about planting enough for them, and us. That’s not very realistic, the deer, while lovely creatures, don’t really understand the concept of sharing. A few deer can wipe out a garden in very short order. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop and share both our decision, and its effectiveness. Stay tuned…

 

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