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Re: [penn-permaculture] Inexpensive construction materials, plants, deterrents for deer in Bucks County

From: user 3.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:23 AM
Take a look at the "fence"they built at Churchville Nature center. They used grape vine pieces hooked to posts. Nice natural way to do it and there are plenty of wild grape vines taking over most of the wooded areas. There is also in invasive vine like plant that grows like grape and is some times mistaken for grape that could be used. This is also a great way to help remove invasive plants from our wild areas. Both of these plants are taking over our woods and adding stress to the trees by creating top weight that brings the trees down eventually.
Another consideration is the height of your fence. Contact the Stroud Water Research center. They did a long term study on deer fence design a and height. They concluded that deer will not jump a 5 foot fence if there is another fence of the same height less than 10 feet in. Deer would not jump into an inclosure. Much easier and less property intensive  is to build your fence 8 foot high.
-------Original Message-------
Date: 1/18/2013 7:38:52 AM
Subject: [penn-permaculture] Inexpensive construction materials, plants, deterrents for deer in Bucks County
Hey Folks,

   I'm wondering if you have any resources or knowledge pertaining to constructing deer barriers, and overall keeping them out of a growing space. I need to help install a 5-7 foot metal fence with cedar posts around a friend's land in an area of ~4 acres, & I'd like to help him keep costs down.

The land slopes slightly downward and is located in agri-woodland in Upper Bucks County, so deer on the land is a definite issue. 

Any suggestions for cost effective measures or techniques you've used with plants to deter deer would be appreciated.

Thanks much!


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