Mike Jay wrote:This year I tried out a cheap-ish fencing option and it's worked to keep the deer out of my food forest. I'm not sure if it would work for elk. Here's a link to my remesh fence without posts. They say deer won't jump two 4' fences that are 4' apart. Maybe elk won't jump two 5' fences that are 5' apart? With this design, the two "fences" can be as far apart as you want. The fence can weave around trees (and even be attached to them if you want). If the perimeter doesn't have corners I don't think it needs any posts.
Just a thought. Maybe it would last long enough to get your living fence plants established...
Josh Garbo wrote:I use slash to make a brush pile "fence" (about 4' wide, 4' high) along 400 feet of property boundary for animal habitat, combined with four foot mesh wire fence and some shrubbery. Then I will also have an instant trellis for berries. If deer make it over that, I will just put up a 6-7' high wire between trees.
I'm hoping that strong fishing line strung at 2' and 6' heights between trees and T-bar posts will deter deer along other more open borders. So far I've done well nailing large staples into (deciduous) trees.
In my climate, most deciduous trees (like hawthorne, mulberry, hazel, hazelnut, or apple) can be coppiced and used for traditional English-style hedge-laying. That is my future project.
Josh Garbo wrote:In my situation, the deer can't really get a running start, so I'm not worried about them clearing the slash. In your case, maybe the slash would stop the deer from seeing into the property?