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Why Deer Fence?

Exclusion methods prevent deer from access to plants and/or an area. The effectiveness of exclusion depends on proper installation and maintenance of the barriers in order to deny deer entry. Exclusion is the most effective nonlethal method to reduce deer damage, and when installed and maintained properly, can completely eliminate all deer damage.

Deer Fencing

Fencing is the most proven and reliable method of excluding deer from an area. It is the best long term exclusion method, but requires occasional maintenance. Exclusion fencing is the most cost-effective method over the long term. Fencing should always be considered for valuable plants that require protection throughout the year. Perennial protection, for example, is required for landscape, orchards, nurseries, vineyards and other high value plants. Fencing is the most practical and cost-effective method for protecting small landscapes, residential gardens and small orchards, and for large areas of high value crops.

Eight-foot fences are recommended to exclude deer, as shorter fences do not properly exclude deer. Fences need to be properly installed by a professional, and should contour to the ground to prevent deer from going under. To prevent deer from establishing feeding patterns, fencing must be erected as soon as possible.

Deer Facts

  • The rebound of white-tail deer in the United States is praised as a success story. There are more than 20 million and the number is growing. Although a highly admired species, the deer population has been a major debate in states, like Ohio, which have seen high density averages.
  • In many communities the density is as high as 100 deer per square mile. Expert studies show that noticeable damage to communities from deer begin when the density reaches 15-20 deer per square mile. In most of Ohio communities the density averages a minimum of 40 per square mile.
  • Deer cause an estimated $4 billion in farm, garden and tree damage per annum. They devour saplings, plantings and crops.
  • Well watered and fertilized landscaping and plantings make ideal deer fodder. There is no mystery why deer love the suburbs… Suburbs have the highest density of deer because of the excellent feeding grounds.
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