I need some fencing second opinions before I drop a bunch of cash. I live in a valley with neighbors who feeddeer and a large active elk herd, so I need a high and strong fence for the main garden area. Right now I am thinking 4x4 posts at the corners (three at each corner) and every twenty feet or so. T-posts will be in between. Woven wire fencing will make the first five or so feet, stapled and bound to the 4x4s and t-posts. Instead of doubling up the woven wire (which seems really expensive) we are thinking of just running wire, maybe five strands horizontally, until the total reaches eight feet. (This may sound like the Folsom Prison Organic Farm project, but when you watch a herd of elk knock down your fence you'll understand).
Anyone else have proven/better/frugal ideas? I'm not into a live/hedge fencing right now; there's too much rain to do smell deterrents either.
How big is the garden? If the sides are long enough, high-tension woven wire is way cheaper. It is actually cheaper than regular woven wire, has better galvanizing so it lasts longer, and does not need near as many middle posts. It does take REALLY good corners, 5 posts per corner--so it only makes sense with longer runs. Use high-tension wire for the upper strands, too. Run a barb wire run on the bottom, tight to the ground or even an inch or two below the ground level--that helps stop digging under the fence by dogs, coyotes, coons, pigs, etc.
It takes Folsom level security for high-pressure areas--I have had gardens decimated in a single night.
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I think you're right about the bone sauce (I just got sepp holzer's recent book as well). BUT! Does it work in rainy Cascadia? Anyone have experience with that? And I don't think I can put bone sauce on the annuals....
To stop deer/elk from entering into your garden you need strong fencing with 6+ft height because they can jump a fence. Woven wire works better but I suggest you to check other fencing types also. Compare them all and decide. In my opinion you should consider these companies where my friends have made their choices. Arrange a visit to your garden they will check the complete area and will give perfect solution.