Protect your garden from curious deer with this simple fishing line deer fencing method…
After leaving our garden alone for 6 years, the deer finally discovered it last summer, and this year they were back for more tasty treats… They hit the tomatoes and beans the hardest, followed by our sweet potato vines and beet tops. Thankfully, most of the crops were able to recover fairly well (with the exception of the beans) so we still had a pretty good harvest. But this summer been an ongoing battle of spraying stinky repellents, covering or surrounding beds with netting, and generally fighting to keep our crops from being devoured. Next year, we plan to implement a more lasting solution, but as the cost of installing an 8’+ fence around our entire garden is exorbitant, we will be trying some other options.
One such option, which looks quite affordable and simple to implement, is described in the video below. We have not tried this yet, so it remains to be seen whether or not this strategy will deter our deer, but we’re willing to give it a shot! The good news is, the it should cost less than one bottle of deer repellent, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll make an adjustment and replace the fishing line with electric fencing instead.
Check out this video from MI Gardener to learn how to set up your own fishing line deer fencing – and if you’ve tried this method, drop us a comment and let us know how it worked for you!