How to Keep Animals Out of your Garden with Fencing

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If your garden is constantly being destroyed or eaten by animals, it can be frustrating. After all, you spent a long time planting and tending to your garden so that you – not animals – could enjoy it.

You may know what kind of creature is going after your garden. If you don’t, you need to figure out what it is before fencing your garden off since different methods will work on different animals. Once you’ve got an idea of what animal it is, read on to learn how to keep it out of your garden.


Squirrels can be found in many regions and are often the ones raiding the readily-available food supply in your garden. A good way to keep them out of your garden is to keep them from seeing the food source in the first place. A wooden fence placed around your garden is a good way to do so.

Of course, squirrels don’t always approach your garden from the ground. If you have nearby trees that they can access your garden from, you’ll also need to cover your plants with netting or chicken wire. You can also try surrounding your garden with an electric fence. As soon as they touch the fence, they’ll learn that it’s not a good idea to approach your garden again.


Since humans have killed off many of the deer’s predators, deer are overpopulated in many regions of the United States. Because of this, they have a quickly dwindling supply of plants to eat. This has led them to develop the boldness to walk right onto people’s properties in search of food.

You can use any kind of fence to keep out these critters but wooden fences work best. They keep deer from seeing the food source and are especially necessary if you have a very large garden.

Because of their jumping ability, you’ll need to install a fence that’s 8-10 feet tall to effectively keep deer out of your garden.

Cats and Dogs

Sometimes it’s your own pet that’s destroying your garden. Feral cats are also known to invade gardens, either to chew on plants or to use the dirt bed as a litter box.

A chicken wire fence is likely all you’ll need to keep cats and dogs out of your garden. Since cats can jump into your garden from nearby trees or fences, you may want to add a few more deterrents. Motion-activated alarms or sprinklers will discourage them from entering your garden.


If your garden is plagued by burrowing animals – such as gophers, chipmunks, groundhogs, moles, raccoons, rabbits, or opossums – then the height of the fence is not the problem. The best approach to keep these animals out of your garden is to use a wooden fence. The bottom of the fence should be about 2-3 feet below the plant bed.

Another option is to use electric fencing. This will deter any animal that touches the fence and help you avoid burrow holes in the area around your garden as well.

While these are good deterrents, the only surefire method for keeping these critters out of your garden is to trap them and release them in a different location.


Creatures such as groundhogs, raccoons, and opossums are just as good at climbing as they are at burrowing. For these creatures, you’ll need to not only bury the bottom of the fence, but also add a preventative measure to the top of the fence. Adding a floppy top such as mesh to the wooden fence will cause them to fall back down every time they try to climb over the fence. You can also opt for an electric wire at the top of the fence.

If you need a residential or commercial garden fenced off, call Rustic Fence. They have been providing homeowners and farms with quality fencing since 1964. Rustic Fence serves Dallas/Fort Worth and many surrounding counties.