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Old 03-31-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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We're making a backyard garden and deer are a problem. We need an inexpensive, easy to build fence. I was thinking of getting 8' wood stakes and attach deer netting to it. How far down should I drive the stakes? How do I make a door to get in?

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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I found that if I built a fence to keep only one pest out (groundhog, deer, field mouse, etc), then the others would just have their way with the garden! Build a decent fence, and my experience has been, run a line of electric near the top. Nothing else worked as good for me!

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The local apple orchards hang bars of soap in the trees. The deer associate the smell of the soap with human presence
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I had deer eating my hanging tomato plants and pepper plant since they found they were at a very convenient height.

I bought a few bars of Irish Spring (strong noticeable odor of you are close) and cut them into chunks. I hung them on strings from the tomato bag supports. That was tree years ago and have not had a problem since even though the deer make two passes (AM & PM) everyday about 10' from the plants. I assume any scented soap bars would help and strong odors may be better.

I learned that trick when I stored my Corvette in northern MI for the winter in a closed unheated barn shed that was over-run with mice and did not want them under the hood or getting inside. I shaved some under the hood and put a few chunks inside under the seats. I even put a chunk in the exhaust pipe, because mice will go in looking for a place to sleep. The smell disappeared a day or so after I removed the chunks and drove for a bit.

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