Install an inexpensive fence with the use of zip ties to deter deer.

Cheap Deer Fence Zip Tie Instructions

by Keith Dooley

White tailed-deer (Odocoileus virginianus) provide hours of entertainment for some and headaches for others. Deer grow to between 125 and 200 pounds and eat a variety of vegetation both wild and domestic. Controlling deer damage to crops and orchards requires an aggressive approach such as the installation of fencing. Plastic mesh fence is a solution for short- or long-term periods and may be more readily accepted where fencing is highly regulated.

1 Determine the location in which the plastic mesh fence will be installed. Use a tape measure, if necessary, to determine the amount of plastic mesh fence material needed. You can find the fence materials at a home improvement, hardware or farm supply store.

2 Select a location for installing the first T post in the ground. Put on gloves to protect your hands while working and safety glasses for eye protection. Position a step ladder beside the location where the post will be installed. Climb the ladder to a comfortable working position.

3 Place the lower end of the T post driver over the top end of the T post as someone else holds the post straight. Hold the handles of the driver, raise it up and lower it with force to drive the T post into the ground. Drive the post at least 12 inches into the ground.

4 Measure 10 to 12 feet from the first T post to located the next post installation point. Repeat the process to install another T post. Continue to install T posts every 10 to 12 feet.

5 Attach the plastic mesh fence to the T posts with zip ties. Place the roll of mesh fence next to the first T post. Pull the end of the mesh fence to the post so that it is even with the post. Secure the mesh fence to the T post with plastic zip ties. Place one tie at the top and bottom and space additional ties between the two to secure the fence in place.

6 Unroll the fence to the next T post. Pull the fence taught but avoid overstretching or damaging the plastic fence material. Secure the fence to the T post with zip ties and continue in this manner down the fence line.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • T posts
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Step ladder
  • Assistant
  • T-post driver
  • Mesh fence

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