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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.