When my sister moved out to the country years ago, she didn’t see a need for a front-yard fence since the traffic was light on the old country road running parallel to her property. After all, she thought, the dogs can romp in the fenced-in backyard. What she didn’t foresee, however, was her beloved pit bull making a break for it and running into the street straight into the path of a car one day when someone innocently opened the front door. Sadly, the dog couldn’t be saved. This made her worry about her other animals darting out into traffic, so she decided not to take another chance. She purchased an electric fence kit and was quite pleased with the results.
Electric fences, or charged fence systems, discharge short, safe shocks, which deter animals from charging out into the road and putting themselves and drivers in harm’s way.
They are easy to install by the do-it-yourselfer with minimal tools and can be cheaper than regular wooden fences because less labor and materials are needed. Maintaining the system is easier than traditional fencing because animals and elements don’t cause wear and tear on them. Additionally, they are easily modified and/or expanded.
Keep Unwanted Animals Off Your Land
Not only can electric fences keep animals in, but they also do a good job at keeping them out.
This year I’ve decided to go the community garden route and work on a communal piece of land where the deer, rabbit and other critters are less likely to roam. The all-you-can eat buffet is closed for business, at least on my land.
In the past, I’ve used many tactics to keep animals out of my humble garden patch, all to no avail. I even tried container gardening on my deck, locking the gate to keep the animals at bay. As if fastening a lock would keep out a hungry animal—what did I expect him to do, knock? One day I arrived home to behold what was once a beautiful prolific tomato plant stripped entirely of its dignity, laid bare for all to see.
Strewn across the deck were tomato seeds left behind from the red, ripe tomatoes that were unceremoniously plucked from the plant. The green ones, each missing one bite, were thrown across the deck hither and yon. Evidently, the little bugger had no use for them. It would have been nice if he stopped at the first one, but he had bitten into about 10 of the unripe tomatoes and gobbled up all the red! I suspect the culprit was a groundhog, since I saw him waddling across the yard the next day, no doubt casing the joint again.
An excellent way to protect my tomatoes would have been to install an electric fence. I wish I had discovered this years ago.
Oh well, there’s always next year!
This guest post brought to you by Stephanie Kalina-Metzger who enjoys all sorts of tomatoes.