When spring rears its head in St. Louis, so does the gardening bug. While you’re busy planting all the fresh tomatoes and zucchini for your dinners this summer, some furry friends are making their way in for the first bite. Or even make an entire meal out of your hard work.
By choosing the right garden fence, you can keep pests away from the outdoor smorgasbord all season long. As you begin planning your backyard garden design for this spring, be sure to consider fencing options that are aesthetically-pleasing, but more important, offer the ultimate plant protection.
Tips for Planning Your Garden Fence
Get to know your neighborhood pests. If you live in suburban areas like Chesterfield or Town and Country, deer can be a big problem, especially since they’re expert jumpers. In this case, you should consider the option of installing a six-foot-tall fence or even add a small second fence behind the first, so that they won’t see a safe place to land. Keep in mind: A tall, privacy fence with block necessary light for your plants to grow, so place your garden in the right spot of your yard!
Perhaps, rabbits are causing more problems than deer in your neighborhood. If so, pick a garden fence with tight spacing in-between pickets (for example, a fence measuring 3′ tall with 7/16″ picket spacing), so they can’t sneak through or see the goodies inside.
Take your fence underground. Rabbits, raccoons, and even your pets are apt to dig under your fence to get to the good stuff. If possible, trench your fence a few inches into the ground during installation. If burying your fence isn’t an option, consider digging a trench along the fence line and filling it with concrete to deter any diggers.
Choose a quality fence material. A simple gardening tip? Switch that wooden picket fence around your garden for a vinyl fence option. After you water your garden for a couple of years, wood fence posts and panels are quick to deteriorate in the moisture-rich soil, causing small gaps creatures can crawl through. Rabbits and other pests are also apt to chew on the wood, creating their own personal entryways.
Use a little back-up. If your current garden fence has space between the panels, try installing vinyl coated, welded wire to the garden side, running from post to post. The fence still blends well with your backyard fence but offers a little extra protection. You can also add deterrents to keep pests away from your fence, such as planting sacrificial vegetation on the outside of the garden, removing brush and weeds, and spraying natural repellents at the fence base.
Need Help Deciding on the Right Fence For Your Home?
Just like you, we love our fresh summer vegetables right out of the garden. As St. Louis’s fencing expert, Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions is dedicated to defending gardens across the region with our lineup of quality fencing.
Before you start planting, be sure to contact us to learn about your garden fence options and to receive your free estimate. With the right fence, you can enjoy a bigger harvest, fewer pests, and even an increased home resale value if you are preparing to sell in the near future. Check out this post to learn more: “5 Home Improvements a Homeowner Can Make in 2017.”
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