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August 20, 2016
If you are new in Lake Shastina or thinking of moving here, you can bring your gardening hobby with you and despite our short growing season (climate zone 7) many of us defy the deer and have flower and vegetable gardens. I have avoided deer break-ins so far by using a black, vinyl mesh netting from the company in the title of this article. They sell all sorts of installation tools and accessories too but here’s all I did:
• 4 x 4 x 8 ft. treated doug fir fence posts buried 18 inches . . . no cement, just water, soil, tamp. Water, soil, tamp. Repeat until flush.
• with a roll of 7-1/2 foot extra strength C flex poly mesh, we stapled (use 3/8” Arrow T-50, not hammer-in fence staples, the fir is too hard) from the top down, putting the edge of the mesh even with the top of the post.
• this will leave 1-1/2 feet of netting lying on the ground which you want facing outward, this is important.
• Screw treated 2 x 4 x 8 footers to the posts along the ground to deter ground squirrels, skunks, and other varmints (don’t nail unless you have a nail gun . . . the posts aren’t planted in concrete) but this is optional because you can pile rock on the exposed netting or pine needles for appearance if desired.
The advantages of this vinyl material are its cost ($1.67 a lineal foot in the 100 foot roll, $1.16 if you get the $330 foot one as I did), it’s easy to put up, and it’s almost invisible (the strands are less than 1/16th of an inch thick and the black mesh is 1-5/8” square). The hard to see part may explain why I’ve had no break-ins ___ another gardener told me if the deer can’t see the top of the mesh they won’t try to jump it.
Come on by if you’d like to see how it worked out.
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