Deer fencing is a vital component of property management, especially in areas where these graceful yet voracious herbivores pose a threat to gardens, landscapes, and agricultural crops. In regions where deer populations are abundant, a well-designed and properly installed deer fence is essential for safeguarding your investments and ensuring the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
1. Understanding the Deer Threat: Deer, known for their insatiable appetite for various vegetation, can be a significant challenge for homeowners, farmers, and garden enthusiasts. Left unchecked, they can quickly devastate ornamental plants, shrubs, and crops, leading to substantial financial losses.
2. Types of Deer Fencing: Deer fencing comes in various forms, each designed to address different needs. The two most common types are physical barriers and electric fencing.
Physical Barriers: These include traditional fence types like chain-link, wire mesh, and wooden fences. These barriers serve as a physical blockade to keep deer out of specific areas. They are highly effective but can be expensive to install and might not be suitable for every landscape.
Electric Fencing: Electric deer fencing utilizes a mild electric shock to deter deer from crossing the boundary. These fences are often more cost-effective and less visually obtrusive than traditional fences. However, they require periodic maintenance to ensure their effectiveness.
3. Key Considerations for Deer Fencing:
Height: Deer are excellent jumpers. An effective deer fence should be at least 7 to 8 feet tall to prevent deer from leaping over it.
Mesh Size: The size of the mesh or gaps in the fence is critical. It should be small enough to prevent deer from sticking their heads or legs through but large enough to allow sunlight and air circulation.
Maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential for any deer fence. Electric fences require periodic checks to ensure the electrical charge remains effective, while physical barriers may need repairs or repainting.
Visibility: In some cases, the visibility of a fence may be important for aesthetics or safety. Consider using more discreet, low-visibility fences in these situations.
4. Environmental Impact: Deer fencing should be designed to minimize its impact on the local ecosystem. It's essential to ensure that other wildlife, such as smaller animals and birds, can still move freely. Thoughtful design, including underpasses or openings in the fence, can help mitigate the impact.
5. Benefits of Deer Fencing:
Crop Protection: Deer fencing is indispensable for farmers looking to protect their crops from deer browsing.
Garden Preservation: Gardeners and homeowners can enjoy their ornamental plants and flowers without the constant threat of deer damage.
Reduced Collision Risk: In areas with high deer populations, deer fencing can help reduce the risk of vehicle collisions, thus improving road safety.
Ecosystem Preservation: Effective deer fencing can help maintain the natural balance of ecosystems by preventing overgrazing in certain areas, allowing the regeneration of native plant species.
Triple X fencing - the perfect solution for Deer fencing
Triple X is the name we’ve given to an all-steel fencing system using the revolutionary Clipex® steel post with X Fence premium wire netting and Triple X all steel strainers plus a choice of barbed, plain or electric wire.
This is a fencing system like no other and can offer up to 50% cost savings over a more traditional fence. It is a fence with a life expectancy exceeding 30 years, takes significantly less time to erect, cutting both labour and machinery costs. So, before you make the important investment decision on your next fencing project, contact a member of the McVeigh Parker team. We are confident that we can offer you a solution that is cost-effective, sustainable and much longer lasting than traditional systems.
Clipex Steel Post
- Clipex® the multi-award winning innovative galvanised steel post.
- Each post has pre-fixed clips designed to take all the horizontal wires of your chosen X Fence wire netting.
- Each wire is held firmly in place with a spring-loaded clip, nofiddly parts to lose or fit after erection.
- These clips allow lateral flex, but very little vertical wire movement can happen, which is important when livestock start putting pressure on the fence.
- Each post has a pre-fixed anti-lift plate below ground level to prevent lifting in soft or undulating ground.
- Hot dip galvanised and independently tested in the UK, exceeding British Standard coating recommendations.
- Galvanised coating exceeds British Standard BS EN ISO 1461
X fence Premium Wire
X Fence premium X knot fabricated wire netting – buying quality wire is key to any good fence.
- The unique properties of X Fence make it stronger and last longer.
- The high tensile wire properties and one-piece vertical wire reduce the amount of support posts needed, leading to a saving in labour and materials.
- Only primary metals used in fabrication.
- 24% stronger knot.
- Alu/zinc coating lasts 3-4 times longer than heavy galvanised wire.
- Full traceability from source to field.
- Many Clipex® compatible mesh patterns stocked (more patterns available for other uses).
Triple X Steel Strainer
- Triple X Strainers are British made all steel hot dip galvanised, with fully-welded base and thrust plates, fully-welded top cap and pre-drilled holes for ease of strut installation.
- The 3.2mm thick strainer allows them to be driven in hydraulically or mechanically.
- Diagonal or box strainer versions available, whichever best suits your requirements and budget.
- Installing a Triple X strainer could not be simpler. Minimal components mean full installation in less than 5 minutes is possible.
- Galvanised coating to British Standard BS EN ISO 1461