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The Fence Post

Woodchucks

February 2, 2018 | by Joe Morrell

Hope for the Future of Your Garden

Battling a burrowing woodchuck can be a relentless task. Here are some of our answers to warding off this little destroyer and muncher of your prized plantings. 

Woodchuck on lawn

AKA Punxutawney Phil

A dubious celebration--every February, it's celebration time, again. The questionable observance of Groundhog Day and the honoring of one of our most destructive critters--the beloved Punxutawney Phil. Gardeners cast a wary eye to mounds and holes as this hungry marauder tunnels, then nibbles and chomps through treasured crops. Perhaps it's a single bite out of that prized tomato or the sad beheaded carrot that moves one to outrage. Read on to learn a bit more about the predilections of this voracious 8-pounder.

A Very Broad Diet

While wild grasses are a mainstay, woodchucks eat a variety of vegetation and agricultural crops including peas, beans, lettuce, zucchini, squash, pumpkin vines, green beans, broccoli, soybeans, parsnip leaves, onion stems, cilantro, dill, parsley, sage, alfalfa, eggplant, as well as clover, tree bark and insects. Flowers at threat can include phlox, salvias, lupines, hollyhocks, rudbeckia, echinachea, poppies, astilbe, sedum, hostas, columbine, and the young, soft shoots of roses and delphiniums (though they are poisonous). Also dahlias, petunias, daisies, asters, cosmos, marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, portulaca, tulips, sunflowers and zinnias. Well, that does it for my garden. 

Before we become violent, let's explore some preventative measures that we can apply here. Ideally, a fence should be in place before a woodchuck is able to enter and start sampling produce.

To Keep a Woodchuck from Burrowing and Climbing

The clever woodchuck moves below ground of course, and above.

  • A 6 foot fence is required as a minimum, with 5 foot posts.
  • Chicken wire should be dug in 10 inches or more below ground level.
  • Leave a foot of chicken wire unattached from the post at the top and bend it outwards. This prevents the woodchuck from getting a good grip for climbing over the fence.

Another possibility is:

  • Place 3 feet of chicken wire flat on the ground around the perimeter of the garden.
  • After which, secure a 4 to 6 foot fence vertically 6 inches in from the chicken wire edge which leave 2 1/2 feet of chicken wire on the outside on the ground.
  • At the top, leave 12 inches of the chicken wire bent outwards away from the garden, unsecured.
  • The woodchuck will not be able to dig under the vertical fence because of the 3 feet of chicken wire surrounding the garden.

As the updated Old Farmer's Almanac advises: The best woodchuck deterrent is a fence.

woodchuck fencing drawing with instructions

Image from Mass Audubon Society.org

Woodchuck Nation

Woodchucks are generously distributed in North America and Canada, extending to Alaska and in the south to Georgia. The clearing of forests has enabled the woodchuck to thrive. In open land and often near woods, a woodchuck's burrow is a small maze built of necessity. Entrances lead to tunnels which lead to chambers that are used for sleeping, rearing young, and even a separate chamber for burying waste! A variety of entrances aid hasty retreats when predators such as dogs and foxes appear and some holes may only be two feet deep for taking cover at such times. Burrow openings measure 8 to 12 inches, with additional holes at least 10 feet away. Not only do they eat crops, but trample them as well. Their holes can damage livestock. It is essential that we create an arsenal to eradicate these agricultural interlopers.

At Louis Page, we are committed to providing you with the information and products that can alleviate some of your stress.

English cottage with garden

 

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Topics: garden fence, hex netting, garden netting, poultry netting, woodchucks, woodchuck

Netting for Gardens: Let’s Talk Birds and Crop Protection

March 31, 2017 | by Debbie Page

Bird perched on branch

Netting that makes your garden secure

Each year millions of dollars worth of crops are lost to birds. Fruits and vegetables are both at risk. Your blueberry and raspberry bushes are particularly attractive sites for birds to feed. There are two types of polypropylene netting you can use to secure your garden.

1. Extruded Bird Barrier Netting

Black polypropylene is extruded into strong square meshes with small openings. These products are specifically designed to protect your vegetables, flowers, plants, fruits, trees, gardens, ponds and other areas from invasion by nuisance birds. The netting can also be used for other purposes such as effective erosion control on newly seeded slopes and keeping leaf piles in place on windy days.

Ornex, made by Tenax, is available in two mesh sizes: 3/4" x 3/4" and 3/8" x 3/8". This bird barrier netting is light in weight and easy to handle and install. It's inexpensive, rot and rust proof, and resistant to both UV rays and chemical agents. Large size rolls are available for bigger gardens and operations.The larger rolls eliminate the frustration of having to join several pieces together.

Ornex - 3/4" x 3/4" mesh - black

  • Roll sizes available - 14' x 100', 14' x 500', 14' x 1,000', 14' x 5,000' and 15-1/2' x 700'

Ornex - 3/8"x3/8" mesh - black

  • Roll size available: 13' x 820'

S-31 - a stronger, longer lasting mesh with the same features as Ornex. Designed for the commercial grower. Available in 5/8"x3/4" mesh.

  • Roll sizes available: 14' x 5,000' and 17' x 5,000'

Ornex sold by Louis Page

2. Woven Crop Protection Netting

Multiple strands of UV stabilized black polypropylene yarns are woven into a flexible and long-lasting hexagonal shaped mesh. This soft, knitted small mesh netting is ideal for protecting berries and fruits. It creates a physical barrier between the birds and your valuable crops. Larger size rolls will make the installation job easier for you. You won't have to piece several smaller pieces together.

  • 1/2" mesh - 25' x 100' rolls
  • 3/4" mesh - 25' x 100', 50' x 150' and 50' x 200' rolls
  • 1" mesh - 12' x 100', 25' x 100' and 50' x 150' rolls

Both the extruded and woven meshes will give your gardens and crops excellent protection from marauding birds. Why share when your share can be all?

Small bird on flowering tree branch

 

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Topics: garden netting, aviary netting

Vinyl Coated Chicken Wire Rescued Our Garden

January 30, 2013 | by Josh Lane

 
Man Planting Plant
 
Space Invaders

You might think that as we were living in a small city, in an area with traffic and in a house surrounded by other houses, without any woods around, with a sturdy picket fence surrounding our property, and with a very humble garden, that we would be safe from furry whatsits eating away all our amateur agricultural aspirations. You might also know better, as we now do.

Our Veggie Patch

Last summer my wife and I planted our first backyard vegetable garden. She has dabbled with flowers and herbs in containers, but we never had space for a vegetable garden until last year. We moved into a place with a quarter of an acre yard behind the house. The layout was designed and I tilled a small 6 x 12 space. I also lugged the bags of gardening soil and some supposedly composted manure I picked up from a local farm (by “composted” they only meant that there may have been some incidental material mixed in with the bags of raw cow manure. My car smelled for a month and we couldn’t use it on the garden this year. Don’t ask why I brought it home with me.)  And then we planted several different vegetables and had them all in the ground by the second week in June.

There go my green beans...

Two months later, our modest effort was rewarded. We had too many tomatoes, not enough peppers and just enough fresh basil (it’s painful to think about fresh basil in the midst of a New England winter.)  We also had some tasty snow peas. The only total failure was the green beans. It seems that a critter crawled unimpeded into our garden and ate the whole plant except for a small stump. Hmm. Fresh green beans are beloved and we want to be sure that next year they're on our plates. We already have a picket fence that I installed to keep our young son in our backyard. Now I have to consider what to use to keep some unidentified, but presumably small animal out of our garden. There are some logical, but not necessarily obvious questions I have to answer.

  • What type of critters am I trying to keep out? Rabbits probably. Skunk maybe?
  • How long do we need this fence to last?  Maybe 2, maybe 10 years. Not sure really.
  • Aesthetics matter. What will look best in the yard and be appropriate for a garden?  We already have vinyl siding on the house and a vinyl picket fence, so nothing metal or natural wood unless we paint it.

rabbit and hex mesh

Answers

So after answering a couple questions, I decided that this would be the fence for our garden. I am going to use 36-inch hexagonal chicken wire fence with black vinyl coating. It will be tall enough to keep out small animals and leave me room to bury the bottom thus preventing an attack from below. The black vinyl coating is aesthetically neutral, blending with its background and allowing us to appreciate the beauty of our garden. The UV treated PVC coating gives extra protection from rust and corrosion. I’ll staple it to some pressure treated posts which I may or may not set in concrete. That should work. I feel good about it.

C’mon spring!

Josh Lane signature       Josh Lane

 

 

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Topics: garden fence, garden netting, black vinyl coated

Bird Barrier Crop Protection Netting for Gardens

April 28, 2009 | by Duncan Page

Gray Small Bird on Green Leaves

Your Precious Crops Require Effective Netting

Each year millions of dollars worth of crops are lost to birds. Fruits and vegetables are both at risk. Blueberry and raspberry bushes are particularly attractive sites for birds to wreak their havoc. There are two types of polypropylene netting you can use to secure your garden.

Ornex Bird Barrier Netting

Black polypropylene is extruded into strong square meshes with small openings. These products are specifically designed to protect your vegetables, flowers, plants, fruits, trees, gardens, ponds and other areas from invasion by nuisance birds. The netting can also be used for other purposes such as effective erosion control on newly seeded slopes and keeping leaf piles in place on windy days.

Ornex, made by Tenax, is available in two mesh sizes: 3/4" x 3/4" and 3/8" x 3/8". This bird barrier netting is lightweight and easy to handle and install. It's inexpensive, rot and rust proof, and resistant to both UV rays and chemical agents. Large size rolls are available for bigger gardens and operations.The larger rolls eliminate the frustration of having to join several pieces together.Tenax ornex bird barrier netting

Ornex - 3/4" x 3/4" mesh - black

  • Roll sizes available - 14' x 100', 14' x 500', 14' x 1,000', 14' x 5,000' and 15-1/2' x 700'

Ornex - 3/8"x3/8" mesh - black

  • Roll size available: 13' x 820'

S-31 - a stronger, longer lasting mesh with the same features as Ornex. Designed for the commercial grower. Available in 5/8" x 3/4" mesh.

  • Roll sizes available: 14' x 5,000' and 17' x 5,000'

Woven Crop Protective Mesh Nettingwoven mesh crop protection netting

Multiple strands of UV stabilized black polypropylene yarns are woven into a flexible and long-lasting hexagonal shaped mesh. This soft, knitted small mesh netting is ideal for protecting berries and fruits. It creates a physical barrier between the birds and your valuable crops. Larger size rolls will make the installation job easier for you. You won't have to piece several smaller pieces together.

  • 1/2" mesh - 25' x 100' rolls 
  • 3/4" mesh - 25' x 100', 50' x 150' and 50' x 200' rolls
  • 1" mesh - 12' x 100', 25' x 100' and 50' x 150' rolls

Both the extruded and woven meshes will give your gardens and crops excellent protection from hungry birds. Why share when your share can be all?
 
Three baby birds
 
 
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Topics: bird barrier, crop protection netting, garden netting

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