Invisible Deer Fence

Maintain your garden aesthetic by replacing bulky fence posts with a concealed suspension system that's simple to build and will serve as an effective barrier.


It took me about a year to design and plant a garden that I hoped would look like a painting. It took just a few weeks for it to become a nightclub for deer. At first, scarring my design with deer netting seemed tantamount to keying my car or splashing ink on my best suit. But after trying various thick wood and metal posts, I found aesthetic and functional success by borrowing an idea from suspension bridges and circus tents.

Many of these materials can be substituted with other supplies you have at home. I needed anchors to create suspension and support for the deer netting; for this I used steel spiral stakes marketed as leash anchors for dogs. For every rebar post, I needed 1 to 3 spiral stakes.

The steel screw eyes are only necessary if you’re adding on to a shorter existing wood fence.


  • 8-foot rebar posts
  • 7-foot plastic deer net
  • Black monofilament wire
  • Steel spiral stakes, 1 to 3 per rebar post
  • Tent stakes
  • Zip ties, clips, or coated wire ties
  • Twine
  • Steel screw eyes (if adding to shorter existing wood fence)


  • Ladder
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Drill (if adding to existing wood fence)

My objective was to make something as unobtrusive as possible, so I avoided gate and door structures. I simply left flaps of net locked into place with three zip ties or clips and hooked onto tent stakes at the base; these can be unhooked when I want to open the garden for work or visitors. The body of the fence is composed of longer, unbroken panels of net that are permanently secured. Where the deer fence overlapped with an existing wooden fence, I simply anchored the rebar to the fence.

Netting works well with a preexisting fence.

9/23/2020 6:50:58 AM

RE: "An old friend told me the top of the tree is for the birds the bottom for the deer and the fruit that falls on the ground for the critters. The middle of the tree is for us."........ you have to get the tree to grow somehow first without being devoured..... therein lies the problem.

5/27/2019 11:25:55 AM

If you plant some plants outside your pretty area that the animals like to eat they may be more likely to leave your pretties alone. Fruit trees feed a lot of animals. An old friend told me the top of the tree is for the birds the bottom for the deer and the fruit that falls on the ground for the critters. The middle of the tree is for us.

5/23/2019 1:04:47 AM

I use three strands of promotional brand mono fishing line. Top strand is where the deer's neck will hit it if their head is up with the other two roughly equally spaced below it. Apparently the deer cannot see the line and when they bump into it they are confused and won't try to jump over since they are unsure what is going on.



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