I have that rare combination of woods  with no deer–which makes me one lucky gardener.  Ok, I have seen a deer or two, but our woods are landlocked and too small to support a hungry herd like many of my other garden friends are fighting. 

I think it’s a losing battle.  More and more gardeners seem to be having bad deer problems and the deer seemed to be eating all kind of supposedly deer- resistant plants. 

Chatham County is particularly bad.  Friends Ivy and Megan struggled for years to get their new landscape going–only to see it eaten. 

So they bit the bullet and put up a deer fence. 

Ivy and Megan are gardeners again after finally putting up a deer fence

Worth the time, money and labor?  You bet.  This summer they’re enjoying tomatoes, blueberries,  cucumbers, figs, flowers and lovely foliage.   Many plants that were eaten to sticks have come back strongly–and their zeal for creating a lovely landscape has bounced back, too.  I don’t know two people who enjoy their garden any more. 

Plants are coming back now that deer aren't eating them for lunch

Here’s the shopping list for their deer fence along with suppliers and notes.  Bear in mind, Ivy and Megan have a large wooded property.  Their nearest neighbor seems to be the Haw River. 

Ivy says–

“We got some of our deer fence materials from the McGregor Fence Company and others from Deer Resistant Landscape Nursery.

 From McGregor, we purchased the following items:

  • 14-04     5     Heavy Perimeter Deer Fence, polypropylene, 7.5 ft x 165 ft roll
  • 16-01     2     Monofilament cable for polypropylene deer fence, black, 11 gauge, 500-foot roll
  • 16-05A    2     Gripple for 10-14 gauge monofilament line and 12.5 gauge wire, pack of 5
  • 18-01     3     12 inch kinked galvanized ground stakes, bundle of 30
  • 18-03       1     Warning flags, 20 inch length, bag of 50

 You can check out the item numbers to see exactly what we bought.  We did use it all (and have even reordered a couple items for repairs).

From the Deer Resistant folks, we bought the cable ties and the posts.

You’ll want to clear three feet on each side of your fence line.  Also, you’ll want to walk out the line, find the trees that you’ll want to attach the fence to (not more than 20 feet apart) and then figure out how many of the extra posts you’ll need.

We did purchase a ton of the fencing, and it came on a tractor trailer!

We also handled the gate across the driveway with pieces and parts from our local Southern States and Lowes.  And we also just used a screen door (from Habitat) for the exit down to the river.

An escape route in more ways than one--their exit to the river

(Chris again) My friend Susan who struggles with deer  in her garden near Duke Forest–tells me that the famous Montrose Garden in Hillsborough now has a deer fence.   Hungry deer are a big problem for many local  gardeners–It may take a big solution–like Ivy and Megan’s fence. 

Good luck, gardeners.  And please–if you’ve found a solution to your deer problem, share.  Just don’t send your deer over here.

Dog Murphy loves the deer fench too. He's free to roam a large area now and no deer to disturb his napping--