Keep Rodents Out of your Garden with These Fence Types

Published On November 29, 2016 | home improement

If you work hard to keep your lawn and garden looking great—and who doesn’t, really?—then you have also probably considered what you need to do protect these lovely areas from rodents and other animals.  And if you have thought about this, then you have probably come to the conclusion that you need a good, high-quality fence.

But what kind of should you install? Indeed, there are many different types of fences, and an even greater variety of rodents and pests that could cause problems for you.

While no fence can keep out all rodents and pests—particularly insects—adding some kind of fence to your yard or garden should help to minimize at least some of the damage they can do.Image result for Keep Rodents Out of your Garden with These Fence Types


Among the most common lawn and garden pets are the burrowing rodents. These are your gophers, chipmunks, and moles, among others.  Obviously, burrowing rodents attack your garden from below and that means it is often difficult to detect a problem until it is too late to do anything about it.  As such, you can install an underground barrier surrounding your property to prevent their attacks altogether. To do this, dig around the fence line about 3 feet deep.  In this trench, install a wire mesh. You can even put wire cages or fashion a maze out of the wire which can capture the rodent for you. This way you can catch and relocate them for a more humane disposal; unless, of course you just want to dispose of them.


Rabbits are also among the most common type of garden pest, particularly for gardens.  They are nocturnal, so you can typically only find them wreaking their havoc at night, but they are also nimble, and that makes them hard to catch.  But you can stop them from getting to your garden:  install a 2-foot tall chicken wire fence with a deep foundation and a curve at the bottom.  This is too high for rabbits to jump over but also too complicated for them to dig under them.

DEER (and other FAUNA)

If you live in the woods—or just near a heavy forested area—you may also find that sometimes you have to deal with stray deer and other fauna pecking at your yard or your garden.  Obviously, a vegetable garden—out in the open—is quite appealing to deer, who normally have to feed with great caution of predators.  To prevent deer from eating your vegetables you have to build a fence at least 8 feet tall: because they can actually jump extremely high.  Because of this, you want to angle the fence outward so they also have to cover a greater distance and not just height.

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