A Nearly Invisible Fishing Line Deer Fence
Have you eagerly planted your vegetable garden, spending hours of time and plenty of hard-earned money, only to lose many of your crops to pesky deer?
One of our Abundant Mini Gardens members, Gary Haga, has shared with me how he is successfully keeping deer out of his vegetable garden by using a simple fence made with fishing line! This is a particularly useful concept for gardens in the suburbs or cities where using electric fencing or 8 foot tall deer fencing is simply not practical.
Even though deer could force their way through this fence if they wanted to, the fishing line is almost invisible and they have a hard time seeing it. When they brush up against the fence, they become spooked and avoid the fence, because they can't tell what touched them. They also won't jump a fence that they can't see.
There are a number of different ways you can create this type of fence.
Gary strung his fishing line between t-posts spaced 16 feet apart or less. He drove the posts about 18 inches deep into the ground. He spaced the fishing line at 1 foot intervals going up the posts, up to about 5 feet high, and used a 30-pound test mono filament. The posts have knobs spaced at intervals. To maintain the proper spacing, he uses aluminum ties that are used for chain link fences. Cable ties or twine would work also.
Just be sure to NOT hang anything on the fence (like colored flags or aluminum pie pans), as that would help the deer to see where the fence is.
Here are photos of Gary's fishing line fence:
If you would like to see a different version of a fishing line fence using narrow green garden stakes, check out this PDF report from the West Jersey Rose Society: An Almost Invisible Deer Fence – Easily Removable & Reusable
In addition, here is a YouTube video created by a wildlife control specialist, showing how he uses a fishing line fence to control deer in his own vegetable garden:
So, don't let the deer destroy all of your hard work! This fence is pretty simple and inexpensive to create. Give it a try, and let me know how it works for you.