Protecting Your Garden in Spring
Animal containment is the most referenced application for electric fencing, but electric fencing is equally effective keep animals out, as it is keeping animals in. Keeping nuisance animals and pets out of a garden (large or small) is a great application for electric fencing.
First consider how you will power your electric fence. Can you get AC power near your garden? If yes, purchase an AC powered fence controller. If your garden expands in the future it will be easy to upgrade. Better yet purchase a more powerful fence controller in the beginning with future expansion in mind.
If you can’t get AC power to your garden consider a solar powered or DC (battery) operated fence controller. These units are more portable and don’t require an AC (plug-in) power supply. Solar units use a solar panel to maintain (charge) a battery inside of the unit. It’s the battery, which charges the fence. Solar units are a great option if you don’t want to change batteries periodically. Solar energizers can easily fit on most t-posts to face the sun.
A final option to consider is an electric fence kit. Check out our new video for our pet kit! These kits work well to keep dogs or nuisance animals out of gardens (50 linear feet of 2-wire fence, or less).
After considering how you can power your electric fence, next consider the animals you want to keep out. If you are concerned with raccoons or rabbits your wire spacing can be tighter and near the ground. On the other hand, keeping deer out of a larger garden will require a higher fence. A nuisance animal trying to eat your vegetables will test the fence at all heights. Rabbits will try and crawl between ground and first wire; deer certainly can leap a fence. For rabbits and raccoons consider your first wire 3” – 4” off the ground with 6” wire spacing thereafter to 24” height (max). For deer, space wire 10” apart to height of up to 70”.
For posts pick whatever style you are most comfortable with: T-Post, Round Post, Fiber glass or Plastic. Consider that you will need to choose the right insulator (holds the fence wire) for the correct post. For wire consider aluminum for maximum conductivity. It’s also “softer” (more malleable) and easier to work with. Polywire, polytape, polyrope are popular with people looking for aesthetics, but these wire options include unique tensioning requirements depending on the type.
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