Install the Right Fence to Keep Pests Out of your Garden

If you own a beautiful home, you probably work very hard to keep your lawn just as gorgeous.  Of course, it is not always easy, what with all the rodents and other animal visitors that could find your flowers, plants, and garden a delectable smorgasbord.

But, of course, you probably know that and you have probably thought about installing a good fence. That’s a good idea, but make sure that you build the right type of fence to protect you from specific intruders.


Rabbits may be the most common form of garden pest, perhaps because they breed a lot (and have lots of babies).  You might note realize how big the population of bunnies is around your house, though, because they are nocturnal; and those who you might see, can escape pretty quickly.  To prevent them from sneaking into your garden, then, install a 2-foot tall fence of chicken wire that is also planted equally deep in the ground. Be sure to curve the buried section so the rabbits cannot burrow under it either.


If you have gophers or moles, or perhaps chipmunks—animals that can, and like to, burrow—they can sneak up on your lawn and your garden and destroy it from below.  To prevent these pests from their sneak attacks, you don’t actually need to build a new fence (if you already have one). All you need to do is build an underground barrier at your existing fence line, about 3 feet down.  To make the barrier take a wire mesh and fashion it into cages or a maze that will trap the animal.  Then you can catch them and release them into the wild.


Many people who live in or around woodland areas come to find that deer and other forest fauna are a problem.  Deer will eat whatever they can find, particularly if the food is safe from predators, so your garden will be quite the draw.  To keep them out you are going to need to install a fence at least 8 feet high.  Yes, deer can actually jump several feet; so you should also angle the fence in a way that if they do try to jump it, they will have to clear not just height but also length.  Be sure to stabilize each plank, too, and keep them spaced very close together.