Some animals just can’t be tamed, and there are plenty of wild animals here in the Oklahoma City area. That’s great news for animal lovers. But that’s bad news for gardeners. It’s infuriating to dedicate a whole season of plowing and planting to lose your harvest. That’s why today, we’re taking the time to talk about tactics that you can employ to ensure that wild animals stay out of your garden, and stay in the wild. Here’s a bit about local animals, as well as some tips you can try to keep your garden pest-free:
Oklahoman Wild Animals
Oklahoma natives know that there are plenty of animals that also call Oklahoma their home. Here in the Sooner State, you can see a number of wild animals crossing the highway. Look out the car window, and you’re liable to see large animals like antelope, elk, deer, coyotes, wolves, and bison. You’ll also see your fair share of smaller critters, including foxes, prairie dogs, rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons. Most of these animals are herbivores, which means that your garden is constantly at risk from hungry “predators.” So, if you’re sick of losing your lettuce to local fauna, it’s time to protect your garden.
Protecting Your Garden
It’s best to be tactical about your garden, and when it comes to garden defense, location counts. If you live outside of the city, you’re likely to get a far different set of animals knocking at your garden’s metaphorical door. So, our advice is thus:
If You Live in the City
If you’re in town, you’re far more likely to get smaller animals foraging through your garden than those larger wild beasts. That means three things: One, you may not need to build a very tall fence to keep your animals out. Two, your fence shouldn’t have wide slats or openings (small pests can slip right through). And three, you may want to build a bit of underground barrier around your garden. Animals like foxes can burrow underneath a fence to get to their food source. If a fox senses that your garden is full of fruits and berries, it might start digging near your fence in order to get in. Plan on burying your fence at least a foot into the earth to deter digging critters.
If rabbits are the source of your strife, you’ll also need to consider the height of your fence. Build a fence that is at least 3 feet high to keep these jumping animals from devouring your lettuce patches.
Have a raccoon or squirrel problem? Your garden may need to be fully enclosed. Raccoons and squirrels are especially agile, making it nearly impossible to keep these pests away from your hard-earned fruits and veggies. It may be best to opt for a greenhouse as a last resort if your garden consistently endures attacks from the most adept creatures.
If You Live in the Country
If you live in the country here in Oklahoma, it’s far more likely that you’ll have big wild animals that are seeking food. If you have deer, elk, and/or antelope that like to munch on your greens and stomp on your flowers, it’s time to put up a tall fence. A tall cedar fence may work if your garden is near your home, since it’ll block the view of your garden, and your home will keep these shy mammals from getting close enough to investigate your garden plot. Otherwise, if your garden is out in the open, it’s best to install a tall wire fence. The fence should be at least 6 feet tall, and it’s advantageous to build a fence that slants outward from your garden.
VanHoose Fence Provides Fencing Installation
VanHoose Fence is your local Oklahoma City source for fence building and installation throughout OKC and the nearby region. We build a variety of fences, with a variety of materials, and we’d be ecstatic to construct a fence to keep pesky pests from infiltrating your hard-earned garden. Learn more about our garden, farm, and ranch fence building services, or take a look at our residential fencing installation services. Ready to get started? Get in touch with a fencing expert to begin your build.