Installing a deer net fence is slightly more challenging than other types of net fences due to the size of the deer fence. Deer net fences consist of an intersecting network of vertical and horizontal charged wires supported by a framework of flexible plastic posts. Most deer net fences measure at least 5 feet tall, with some styles coming close to 6 feet in height. The sheer height of a deer net fence combined with the additional weight of the extra fencing material makes this fence difficult for a single person to install. Plan on having at least one helper handy to make the installation process go more quickly.
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Things you need
- Deer net fencing
- Plastic tie strings
- Steel T-posts
- Post driver
- Battery- or solar-powered fence energizer
- One 6-foot galvanised grounding rod
Cut the grass along the fence line perimeter in a 2- or 3-foot-wide strip. Lay the rolled deer net fencing flat on the ground. Grasp the built-in posts firmly in both hands and unroll the netting by lifting the posts up into the air about 2 feet and shaking them gently.
Unfold the deer netting along the fence line starting at one corner of the fence line. Step backward slowly along the fence line and let the built-in posts drop to the ground one at a time as the fence unfolds. Stop and put the remaining netting on the ground when you come to the second corner location on the fence line.
Walk back to the first corner location of the fence and push the built-in posts into the ground. Grip each post firmly and push it into the ground several inches to secure the fence in place. Repeat this process with each built-in post along the entire first straight stretch of the fence line.
Lift the remaining fence posts up at the second corner location of the fence and continue laying the posts and netting out along the ground just as you did with the first straight side of the fence. Lay the remaining collection of posts on the ground when you come to the next corner and insert the laid-out posts into the ground on the previous straight stretch of fence line. Repeat this entire installation process with the netting on each straight stretch of the fence until you return to the original corner location. Secure the two sections of fencing together with short lengths of plastic tie strings, placing the strings every 2 feet along the height of the corner fence post.
Pound a steel T-post into the ground about 2 inches outside of the fence line at each corner post. Secure the built-in net post at each corner to the T-post with plastic tie strings to provide additional support and helps pull the netting taut. Prevent fence grounding problems by making sure the netting itself doesn't make direct contact with the metal T-posts.
Clip the built-in wire from the fence charger's positively charged fence terminal to the wire netting. Pound a 6-foot galvanised grounding rod into the ground within a few feet of the fence energizer. Clip the built-in wire from the charger's negatively charged ground terminal to a grounding rod. Turn on the fence energizer.
Tips and warnings
- Be prepared to move the deer net fence every couple of weeks to mow the grass growing beneath the fence line. If you'd rather not physically move the fence, spray a line of herbicide along the fence line to kill grass that might come in contact with the charged net, thus preventing the fence from grounding out on the vegetation.
- Accidental electrical shock could occur. Always leave the energizer turned off when working on the fence. Post warning signs to alert passersby of the potential danger.
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