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.

| June/July 2019

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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.




Materials

  • 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)

Tools

  • 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.

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Netting works well with a preexisting fence.






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