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Strategies for Winter Garden Protection

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/Golden_Valley_Minnesota_deer_in_snow.jpg/256px-Golden_Valley_Minnesota_deer_in_snow.jpgIt's a new year; and what better way to move forward than with a well-cared-for organic vegetable garden? Eating organically isn't just good for you and your family; but it is good for your pocket book. By growing your own vegetables and fruits, you are turning a hobby into a daily lifestyle. Did you know that you could grow enough vegetables to feed a family of four for an entire month?

But, of course, gardening is more than just planting and watering. It requires dedication and love. And care. And protection. Here's how you can protect your herb garden this winter:

1) Pest Control Repellents

Wildlife need food, too; and winter doesn't provide them with all of the bounty they need. So, where else do they wander in search for food? Your garden. Sprinkle granular or liquid deer and rodent repellents around your garden to add additional garden protection.

2) Animal Traps

Animal traps are great for homeowners that don't want to go to extreme, lethal measures to rid small critters from their lawns and gardens. If you are wondering which garden pest is feasting on your vegetables, this is a good way to find out. An animal trap can be used to catch rabbits, skunks, groundhogs, squirrels or other garden pests without harming them.

3) Electric Fencing

Okay, some gardeners may not want to hurt Bambi. But, would it help if we told you that Bambi will only receive a quick shock to scare him from eating your vegetables? The voltage from the electric fence is high enough to deter the deer from ruining your garden; but it will not leave Bambi with any long-term effects. That sounds okay, right?

4) Poly Deer Fence: Light Deer Pressure

Poly deer fence rolls offer both reliable garden protection for deer control and peace of mind that your garden is pest free. Deerbusters most popular fence type, the plastic deer fence, are lightweight but extremely durable with breaking strengths ranging from 650lb/sq.ft. to 1,400 lb/sq.ft. Our type of plastic deer fence is built to last up to 20 years through the elements. Poly Fencing for deer management is best suited for homeowners experiencing light deer pressure in gardens. 

5) Metal Deer Fencing: Moderate to Heavy Deer Pressure

A metal fence with fence materials are the best solution for garden protection if you have high deer traffic. Our strong steel deer fence options are chew-proof, weather-proof, and will not rip or tear. Deerbusters offers three metal deer fence options available in different heights, lengths and strengths: Steel Hex Web, Welded Wire or Fixed Knot. In addition to our metal fence kits and rolls, we carry the necessary fence parts and tools to easily construct the metal deer fence.

With these winter deer control strategies, you will be able to keep your garden in-check ready for springtime gardening. You may consider using frost protection covers or blankets including cold frames to keep your garden safe from deer and other rodents.