COMPARING THE METHODS AND COSTS OF DEER AND WILDLIFE REPELLENTS IN THE GARDEN

       Most vegetable and herb gardeners take pride in their gardens as they enjoy the many benefits that the garden offers. Unfortunately, you can count on deer and other wildlife helping themselves regularly and causing extensive damage in the garden. As gardeners face these challenges, there are a few remedies available.
     Normally, our first thoughts are the either construct a fence or apply chemical deterrents on a regular basis. Fencing can be effective, however at a substantial cost. It is always suggested that when challenged with deer, an 8 foot tall fence is recommended.
     Deer fence dealers are available, and certainly have an abundance of packages and systems available. Required fencing materials necessary to protect a plot 20′ x 30′ would normally include a 100′ roll of 8 foot tall fence material, posts, 4 corners, and an access gate. Packages such as this can easily run in the $1,000 – $1,500 range. Please keep in mind that his is for materials only! The labor to install these packages can also add up. On average, you can start with labor being at least half again of what the materials cost, and in many cases, considerably more.
     Other considerations regarding the fence approach are the aesthetics of the garden area that may now have an 8-foot-tall fence to look at. These fences are the be permanent, so there is some getting use to. There is also the regular maintenance of the fence, as unwanted weeds and vines will need to be cut back periodically, normally accomplished with a weed eater.
     By the way, if birds are a problem, the fence system will be of no help.
     Raised bed gardeners would almost certainly like to avoid the tall fencing when possible, especially when there are only a few raised beds needing protection such as a 4′ x 4′ plot, 4′ x 8′ plot, or even a 4′ x 16′ plot.
     There are those gardeners that find it easier to simply broadcast toxic chemicals periodically on their garden. There are many such products available that advertise keeping deer and other wildlife away. This is an ongoing process throughout the growing season, as after every rain, these products will normally need to be reapplied.
     Thorough research is suggested when using these products, as many can be toxic. As the use of these products in ongoing throughout the growing season, so is their cost. Though less expensive than fencing, the dollars can add up. Depending on the size of the garden, $100 – $200 per season should normally cover the expense. Otherwise, your time spent with routine applications is all that is necessary.
     For many vegetable and herb gardeners, this option isn’t a consideration, as these gardeners are usually very u as to what is introduced into their garden.
     There is yet one more product that successful gardeners are enjoying nationwide, that eliminates the need for both fencing and toxic chemicals. It’s known as the Garden Commander System famous for its adaptability with raised beds and conventional gardens.
     Garden Commander products are 100% effective, portable, easy to use and store, and most of all, affordable. Constructed of 14 gauge galvanized wire, this system offers many years of use.
     As the Garden Commander system stops deer, rabbits, ground hogs, squirrels, birds, and more, it is also competitively priced.
     It offers the convenience of potability and protection in the conventional garden where needed. The entire garden may not be at risk. For example, normally potatoes and onions are not threatened by wildlife, while green beans, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and other vegetables are. The Garden Commander system allows you the convenience and ease of protecting what is vulnerable and at risk.
     Garden Commander is also specifically designed for raised bed application, have a 2′ x 4′ footprint allowing for 2 units to fit perfectly in a 4′ x 4′ bed, or 4 units in a 4′ x 8′ bed.
     With raised beds, it’s a “no brainer.” In these cases, hundreds of dollars can be saved, and still enjoy the aesthetics of a beautiful garden while using a Green Product.
     From an economical aspect, the average cost to protect the vulnerable and at-risk crops in the conventional garden is about half the cost of fencing the entire garden.
     Garden Commander is a must for all gardeners! Check them out at www.gardencommander.com
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