One big reason that many homeowners choose to install a fence is to keep unwanted visitors out of their yard– human or otherwise. Wild animals can be quite a nuisance in some situations, and it may even be dangerous to have certain critters in your yard. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as just putting up any old fence and calling it a day. Different animals will need different fences to stump them and keep them out. Check out these fences for the most common yard pests.
Rabbits: Deep Fence
Bunnies might hop, but they aren’t going to jump over a fence, so height isn’t really an issue for them. They do tend to burrow, though, so a fence that’s been set up along the ground might not keep them out. You’ll need to dig a foot or so into the ground at least and set your fence inside that trench. You can even set your fence in poured concrete for additional stability and protection. This way, when the bunnies try to dig underneath, they’ll just hit more fence (or a concrete wall). Due to moisture buildup underground, and since rabbits tend to chew organic materials, wooden fences aren’t a good choice for these kinds of fences, so you’ll want to go with vinyl. Alternatively, a mesh or wire fence that’s been curved underground will keep them out without obstructing your view from your garden.
Deer: Tall Fence
Many homeowners have gardens in their backyards, and deer are often drawn to them. Those deer can quickly destroy many months’ hard work by eating the contents of your garden, so it’s important to keep them out. A fence is more effective at keeping your garden safe than any other method. However, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve picked the right sort. White-tailed deer can jump about eight feet in the air, so your fence will need to be at least that tall to be effective. The material doesn’t really matter, so you can pick whatever you find most appealing or whatever goes best with your yard’s current decor.
Raccoon: Unclimbable Fence
To keep out climbing animals like raccoons, you’ve got a few options. You can install a four-foot tall wire fence with the top foot or so unattached to anything, so that when they try to climb it, their weight will make them fall backwards. If you prefer a wood or vinyl fence, you can line the top of the panels with wire or a slick material that keeps them from grabbing onto anything. Both of these methods will be effective for keeping climbers from summiting your fence.
Discover what type of animal may be a problem for your yard and build your fence to keep them out. If you’re not quite sure which fence you need in your yard, ask the experts at Central Fence.