The Best Fences to Keep Animals Out of Your Yard

chain link long islandYou’ve toiled over your vegetable garden for weeks; watering, fertilizing, keeping the weeds away, carefully pruning and caring for your delicate plants.  You are excited to see that your plants are starting to bloom and will bear fruit and vegetables soon.  And as you keenly watch that beautiful tomato as it grows and gets bolder in color each day, you wait for the perfect moment to pick the fruit when it is at its ripest – not a moment too soon. So when the day comes and you head towards your garden with your shears in hand (envisioning the fresh and delectable tomato salad that you will make for dinner) – you see the most disheartening sight! Your prized tomato – half eaten and lying on the ground!  Any gardener knows the utter feeling of disappointment and anger that this situation may cause!  And whether the critter was a rebellious rabbit, a sneaky raccoon, or a towering deer, if you do not want this to happen again, you know that the next thing that you have to do is install a fence to protect your garden and your yard!

But what type of fence do you need? According to , there are several options and many different types of fences to choose from that are effective at keeping unwanted animals out of your yard. In some cases, you may have to decide on the best fence to use based on the type of animal that you want to keep out. Home Guides states, “The best fence to use around your yard or garden depends upon which animal you want to exclude. Fence height, mesh size and depth to bury the bottom all depend upon the species you’re battling with. One thing all animals have in common, however, is that they are going to try harder to get under, over or through a fence if they see something delicious on the other side, so creating a visual, as well as a physical, barrier may increase your chances of keeping determined marauders out.”

Larger Animals

Living on Long Island, it is a fact that deer are native to many areas. While these are very beautiful and majestic creatures, they can cause havoc in your garden and yard, destroying vegetable gardens, flower beds and even ripping apart grape vines as they eat the fruit. If the culprit in your yard or garden is a deer or other large animal, a taller fence is key.  The fence should be a minimum of six feet tall but preferably over eight feet tall. As these animals can run and jump over tall fences, the fence has to be higher than their jumping ability. Mesh or iron fences can work as well as wooden fences, depending on your taste. In some cases, you may also want to add two or more feet of mesh at the top for added height and protection.

Small to Medium Sized Animals

Smaller animals like dogs or smaller burrowing animals like rabbits, skunks or moles are more likely to go through or under a fence than over it. For these animals, a lower fence of four to five feet will work in most cases, but the fence will  need an apron of wire at least two feet wide buried a few inches below the ground around the outside perimeter to discourage digging.  Smaller animals like opossums, raccoons and cats can often climb over any sized fence. In these cases the only fool-proof fence is a complete enclosure which includes a mesh roof and a buried section to prevent digging.

Whatever type of fence you are looking for to protect your yard from pests of any size, contact the experts at Exclusive Fence. They offer fences made from the best materials including vinyl, aluminum, chain link, PVC and wood that can protect your yard and garden from unwanted intruders.  Let Exclusive Fence install the perfect fence to protect your yard.  Call them today at 631-946-4740.