Deer evoke many emotions in people. Some people think of Bambi, while others think of venison roasting on an open fire. Gardeners think of how much of their crops the deer will eat. There are many ways to keep deer out of your garden; some are more effective than others. A fence that is tall enough that the deer can not jump over it is one of the most effective deer deterrents. Your deer-proof fence does not need to be fancy or expensive to keep the deer out. It just needs to be sturdy and tall.
Tree branches (2 inches by 12 inches)
2 hinges (suitable for outdoor use) with screws
Slide bolt and receiver with screws
Dig a trench 4 inches wide and 18 inches deep with a mattock around the perimeter of your garden. Pile the dirt from your excavation on the garden side of the trench.
Lay branches side by side with their ends pointing toward the trench. Tie each branch to the one next to it with tie wire. Use the gripping end of your pliers to wrap the wire tightly at several points on each pair and snip off the excess with the cutters on your pliers. Build a wall for each side of your trench. Leave one wall 3 feet shorter than the trench it will occupy.
Stand each wall into its section of trench. Fasten the corners of the walls together with tie wire.
Push the dirt from your excavation back into the trench. Fill in the 3-foot unused section of trench.Use the flat end of your tamping bar to compact the dirt into the trench and lock the fence into place.
Lay out branches to form a 3-foot wide gate. Wire the branches together to form the gate. Saw 19 inches of wood off of the top of your gate. Use your screwdriver to install retaining screws to fasten hinges to one side of the gate. Hold the gate in the gap of your garden fence. Keep the bottom of the gate 1 inch off of the ground. Attach the free ends of the hinges to the nearest section of fencing.
Attach the slide bolt to the free side of the gate with retaining screws. Close the gate and attach the bolt receiver on the wall where the open bolt meets the wood. Open and close the bolt to check for proper fit. Open and close the gate several times to check for adequate ground clearance.
Work gloves and safety glasses are required when using hand tools.