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Deer Fences vs. Animal Fences

deer fenceAt Deer Busters, we’re known for our award-winning deer fences, but we also sell animal fences for dogs, cats, and rodents. There are some differences between the two types – while some keep animals out, others keep animals in. All, however, are virtually invisible, long-lasting, and require little maintenance.

Deer Fences

Deer like to jump, which is why our deer fences come in a variety of heights up to 8 feet tall, so even the largest or most agile deer can’t get over them. Our deer fences are either built from heavy-duty polypropylene plastic or steel. Both materials are highly durable to sustain the strength of deer.

Deer are often found near wooded areas or fields, and properties near these areas tend to have a lot of land. This means that in order to protect all of your land from deer, you’re going to need a long fence. At Deer Busters, we understand this, which is why our deer fences are available in lengths up to 330 feet.

Animal Fences

While deer fences are used to keep deer out, animal fences are often used by property owners to keep their animals in. 

Cat Fences

Since you can rarely train a cat to stay within property lines, having an outdoor cat can be difficult. With a cat fence, however, you won’t have to worry about your cat wandering away. Our cat fence systems come in heights of 6 feet or 7 1/2 feet and a length of 100 feet. Our cat fences are unique, however. While they’re made from the same polypropylene material as our deer fences, our cat fences feature an inward-facing overhang so that your cat can’t climb up and over the fence. We also have a conversion system that can turn your current fence into a cat fence.

Dog Fences

Since dogs can’t climb like cats can, our dog fences are built like our deer fences, but smaller. Available in polypropylene or steel and in a variety of strengths, you can choose to have your fence extend 4 feet or 5 feet high and up to 330 feet long.

Rodent Fences

Our rodent fencing is available in rolls so you can attach it to the bottom of your deer, dog, or cat fence. These fences are made from steel and have a smaller-diameter webbing that is chew-resistant and keeps even the smallest rodents out of your yard or property.

No matter what type of animal you’re trying to keep out of (or in) your yard, Deer Busters can help. If you have any questions, please feel free to call one of our experts.

8 Gardener Gift Ideas

herbsIt may be too cold to garden this holiday season, but our deer fence company knows that gardening gifts are appreciated all year round. We’ve come up with some great gift ideas that the gardeners on your holiday list are sure to love:

Sugar Scrub

After a hard day’s work outside, there’s no better way to get dirt off your hands than with a good sugar scrub. Whether you make your own (check out this great recipe) or purchase it,  your gardener will enjoy soft hands that are full of moisture and smell great.

Sundial

A sundial is a great addition to any garden decor. You can find ones that sit right in your garden or ones on pedestals and in a variety of designs and  materials like brass, cast iron, bronze, and copper.

Indoor Plant Stand

Indoor plant stands are perfect for growing your own little garden during the winter. With a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can easily find one that fits your gardener’s taste and decor. You can even find ones that have built-in trays that catch excess water from watering.

Shovel Set

Gardening calls for a variety of shovels like spades, round shovels, scoops, square shovels, and more. Create a shovel “gift set” by mixing and matching various shovels that your gardener will use often.

Compost Bin

Making your own compost is easy, and winter is the perfect season to do it. All you have to do is combine kitchen scraps and yard scraps and let them mesh together in a bin. After a couple months, you’ll have a nutrient-rich plant compost perfect for spring gardening. If your gardener doesn’t already make their own compost, an indoor compost bin is a great idea. Indoor models are built to seal in odors and are washable.

Plant/Flower Guide

Today, there are hundreds of gardening books that can make any gardener’s life easier. Find a plant guide or a flower guide that tells you species varieties, growth behavior, zone comforts, and more to help you gardener choose their next (or first) project.

Herb Variety Pack

Herbs are perfect for growing indoors – they’ll fill any home with fresh scents and are wonderful for cooking. Give your gardener an herb variety pack that’s ready to use and they can keep the herbs growing as they enjoy them.

Foldable Seat/Kneeler

Gardeners spend a lot of time bent over their plants and flowers, which is why a foldable seat/kneeler is the perfect gift. Your gardener can easily carry it out to their garden, unfold it, and use it to kneel or sit on. They won’t have to worry anymore about getting grass or dirt stains on their pants.

Deer Fence

Having a garden takes hard work, and we’re sure the last thing your gardener wants is deer or other small animals eating away at it. With a deer fence, your gardeners can protect their property and rest easy, knowing that their plants and flowers are safe.

How to Install Your Deer Fence

deer fence2If you’ve never installed a deer fence before, we know it may seem a little intimidating. However, it’s actually pretty easy. Just follow the steps we’ve written out from our deer fence installation video:

Installing Your End System

1. Using a post hole digger, dig a hole that’s about 3 feet deep.

2. Place your end post in the hole and make sure that it’s straight.

3. Fill in the hole with either dirt or quick-drying concrete (if the fence is a permanent fixture).

4. If you’re using a 7 1/2-foot or 8-foot fence, install your post extensions.

5. Measure and mark 12 inches from the top of the end post, then place the brace band at that mark.

6. Place the brace cup in the band and position it so that the brace post will be just inside the fence line and secure the cup. (If you’re installing a corner system, you’ll need two brace cups.)

7. Place your next post in the brace cup at a 45-degree angle and dig a hole (about a foot deep) where the end of the post meets the ground.

8. Cement the post in place or use a dead man and fill the hole back up with dirt.
(If you’re installing a corner system, repeat steps 5-8.)

9. Repeat this process for the other end of your deer fence.

Installing Your Tensioning System

1. Feed the end of your monofilament wire through one side of your connection sleeve, then loop the wire around the post and loop it through the other end of the sleeve.

2. Push the sleeve as close to the bottom of the post and as close to the post as possible, then crimp.

3. To make the wire more secure, criss-cross self-locking ties around the wire and trim.

4. Roll the wire to the other end of your fence, pull it as taut as possible, and repeat steps 1-3.

Installing Your Posts

1. Measure the length of your deer fence and divide it by the number of posts you have to figure out where to place each post.

2. To install angled steel posts: Place the post where you want it and then slip the spring-loaded post driver over the top of the post. Grasp the handles and use powerful vertical movements to push the post into the ground.

2. To install heavy duty posts: Place your post sleeve where you want your post and drive the sleeve into the ground using a drive cap and hammer. Then, place your post in the sleeve.

Installing Your Fencing

1. Have one person unroll a portion of the fence while the other person secures it with self-locking ties every 5-6 inches on the post. (Keep the fencing rolled up and unroll as you go along to keep it as tight as possible.)

2. Repeat step 1 until you reach the full length of your deer fence.

3. Once the fence is complete, attach the top of it to your monofilament wire using hog rings and the hog ringer tool to keep the fence from sagging.

4. Secure the fence to the ground with ground stakes. Place them every 5 feet along the fence line.

5. Attach warning banners about every 5 feet and half-way up your fence to warn the deer that the fence is there.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our deer fence experts. We’d be happy to help!

How to Use a Hog Ring Tool

hog ringerSecuring the tension wire of your deer fence with hog rings can be a tedious job, but a hog ring tool can make it a lot easier and a lot less time-consuming. Here’s how to use the tool:

When you attach hog rings to your fence, you want them to be strong enough to secure your fence to its wire and last for years. With a hog ring tool, you can bend each galvanized steel ring around the fence and the wire to easily connect the two. Our hog ring tools from DeerBusters are compatible with 9/16-inch hog rings and work like pliers to bend the ring around the fence. If you’re doing a small installation or a home fence, the Hog-Ringer tool works well. If you’re doing a larger or commercial installation, however, we recommend the Ring-It tool.

Both let you load a strip of hog rings into a rail on the tool and then squeeze the handle to feed a ring into the teeth of the tool. You can then place the teeth around the deer fence and tension wire and squeeze down. When you squeeze down the hog ring will close around the fence into a tight ring. You can do this with pliers, however, we don’t recommend you trying to use pliers with our 9/16-inch hog rings. These rings are very small with pointed ends and if handled improperly, they could hurt you.

ring-itHog Ring Tips

Hog rings should be used every three feet on your deer fence. They can be used to secure your fence to our monofilament wire and can be used to attach our small animal control fencing bottom to the bottom of your deer fence. With all of our hog rings, we recommend a hog ring tool to make the job easier and faster. You also won’t have to worry about over-crimping your rings, as the hog ring tools stop crimping them right after they overlap and close.

Visit our website for more information on deer fences, small animal fences, and accessories.

Poly Deer Fences vs. Steel Deer Fences

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At DeerBusters, we carry an array of deer fence made from various materials. Our two most popular include poly (short for polypropylene) and steel. Both are excellent at keeping deer out of your yard and/or garden, but how do they differ? And which one is right for you?

Poly Deer Fences

Our poly deer fences are made from a very strong thermoplastic polymer called polypropylene that’s flexible, but sturdy. This type of fence is designed to be a lightweight netting that is virtually invisible, so you won’t have to worry about obstructing a beautiful view.

Because it’s flexible, a poly deer fence is easy to install on any property and it’s UV stabilized to withstand elements like the sun, rain, snow, frost, and wind; it will last you up to 20 years in the field. Our poly deer fences come in a black 2″ x 2″ mesh size with breaking strengths from 600 lbs./sq. ft. to 850 lbs./sq. ft.

Steel Deer Fences

Our steel deer fences are what you think of when you think of “fence.” They’re made from black 20-gauge galvanized steel that is designed to withstand outdoor elements and provide protection from even the largest deer. The web pattern on each fence is chew-proof and PVC coated to protect from wear and tear. Steel deer fences last longer than poly fences – up to 30 years.

Our steel deer fences are compatible with heavy duty round posts and angle posts. They can also be fashioned into gates to use as access points within your fence or to install in your driveway.

Deer Fence Kits

At DeerBusters, we offer poly deer fence kits in 6-foot, 7.5-foot, and 8-foot heights that come with everything you need to install your own fence in your yard. We also offer steel deer fence kits in 6-foot (considered a garden kit) and 7.5-foot. If rodents or small animals are your problem you may want to take a look at our 1.5-foot, 2.5-foot, and 3.5-foot rodent control fence kits. Click here for more information.

There Goes the Rabbit…

By Teresa Odle

Jackrabbits can munch on garden shrubs but survive with very little water. That means they can hang out around your garden for days and keep coming back to your favorite ornamental plants, eventually stripping them of their foliage. Cottontails also love many ornamentals and turf, but they’re also really fond of the beans, beets, carrots and peas you were planning to harvest soon.

If you’ve already got deer fencing up, you may be surprised to come outside and find that some critter has been in your vegetable garden. They didn’t go over the fence, so that means…yep, rabbits can crawl under or chew through some deer fencing. So you might need a chew-proof barrier to protect certain plants from rabbits or as an added barrier to deer fencing to keep bunnies from breaking through to your entire lawn and garden.

Barrier Features

Ideal for keeping rabbits and rodents out of your garden

Ideal for keeping rabbits and rodents out of your garden

Although rabbits can chew through most of your plants and many attempt at barriers, they can’t chew through 20-gauge galvanized steel. In a hexagonal mesh pattern, two-foot or three-foot animal control netting comes in 150-foot lengths. If you’ve already got deer fencing in place, simply attach the wire chew-proof fencing to the taller deer fencing using hog rings.

And there’s an added bonus. The lazy dogs who haven’t chased off the rabbits also can’t dig under the fencing and get into your garden to trample your flowers and vegetables.

Take Your Garden to New Heights with Trellises & Arbors

Trellises and arbors make aesthetically pleasing and functional additions to any garden. The benefits of growing with a garden structure include…

  • Flowers and vegetables grow upwards and save space
  • Crops grown on structures are easier to harvest and stay cleaner
  • Disease is minimized when plants receive better air circulation

Choosing Plants that Climb

Flowers and vegetables that like to climb will grow beautifully on a trellis or arbor. The trick is to choose your plants and then choose the structure that can best support them. Some plants that grow well on garden structures include:

  • Peas
  • Pole Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Trumpet Vines
  • Wisteria
  • Morning Glories
  • Roses
  • Clematis
  • Cantaloups
  • Squash
  • Honeysuckle Vines
  • Climbing Hydrangeas
  • Baby Pumpkins
  • Jasmine
  • Ivy

Introducing Kitty Corral Cat Fencing System

cat fenceDeerbusters.com, a leader in deer fencing for over 25 years, developed a durable and affordable cat fencing system that allows cats the outdoor time they crave.

Why use cat fencing?

Outdoor time provides your cat with an opportunity for exercise, mental stimulation and stress relief.

Why use Kitty Corral brand cat fencing?

Our cat fence is made from the same durable yet flexible polypropylene mesh material as our award-winning virtually invisible deer fence. However, our cat fencing has been engineered specifically to contain and safeguard your feline friends.

How does it work?

Our fence is nearly impossible for a cat to climb because the flexible mesh moves with the cat’s weight. And to be absolutely certain your cat will stay safely enclosed, the top of the fence features a sturdy, inward-curving extender. The bottom two feet of our cat fence is constructed of PVC coated steel wire, which prevents damage from chewing. And to keep kitty from crawling underneath, our cat fence is secured with galvanized steel ground stakes.

Additional features

Our cat fence is barely visible against a tree line. It is UV-resistant and has an outdoor lifespan of ten years. Our cat fencing system is high quality and can be removed and re-installed if necessary. Simple, easy-to-follow instructions and an instructional video are included, so your cats can start enjoying their new fence in very little time.

With our Kitty Corral Cat Fencing System, you can let your cats roam, chase butterflies and relax in nature without having to worry about their safety. If you want happy, healthy cats, satisfy their craving for time outside with a Kitty Corral Cat Fencing System!

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Kitty Corral Cat Fencing System is available exclusively at DeerBusters.com and MasterGardening.com. Questions? Email Us.

What’s New in Gardening? Outdoor Nature Cameras!

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Make bird watching fun for the whole family with an outdoor nature camera!  Take stunning photos of your backyard birds or shoot a high quality video complete with sound!  The cameras are weatherproof and easy to set up – no wiring required.  Motion activated cameras will take photos of birds as they feed or stop by the birdbath.  Enjoy picture after picture of the birds visiting your backyard with an outdoor nature camera!

Check out our full collection of Outdoor Nature Cameras!!

Deer Fence Clearance Sale!

We have extra fencing in stock and that’s great news for you!  Take advantage of some of the lowest prices of the year and stock up now on a deer fence to protect your gardens and landscapes.

7.5' X 330' Standard Deer Fencing8' X 165' Millennium Deer Fencing

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Take $40 off your first roll of 7.5′ or 8′ poly deer fence!  Use the Coupon code DBblog09 at checkout to receive your discount.  Offer Valid through Dec. 31, 2009.

Deer Fence Kits

Looking to fence in a small area? Try one of our deer fence kits. Everything that you need to protect your garden from unwanted damage in one convenient package. This month only- Save 10% on all deer fence kits!

  Enter DBkits09 at checkout to receive a 10% discount on all kits.

Kits starting at $275.95 BEFORE Discount!

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