Prevent Deer Damage to Your Property: The best defense is a well-installed deer fence post

Jan 17, 2022 2:00 AM ET

Installing a barrier around your fields, farms, and lawns, is the best way to keep unwanted animals off your property, and the most common solution is installing a deer fence. However, few farmers, growers and property owners understand that the back-bone behind these fences are the deer fence posts. Whether it’s a rural farm, an urban vegetable patch, or a residential lawn and garden, the posts are what ensure your fence provides a sturdy defense against wandering deer and other animals and critters. 

Here are three things to consider before choosing and installing those posts right.

Doing It Right

While the fence netting and mesh plays an important role in keeping deer and other wild animals at bay, it’s the posts that lend support to the entire structure. But before you begin digging and hammering-in those posts, having the right tools, like sledgehammers, driver caps and a gas powered T post driver, can save you a lot of time and energy – especially if this is your first time.

1. Measure Your Fence Requirements Well

Before you go out and buy hundreds of meters of deer fencing, and dozens of posts, measure the length of the property well. Depending on the type of area covered, space good-quality deer fence posts between 10′-12′ apart, or use ones that may be spaced 15′ apart. Divide the total fencing area by the spacing distance, and that should give you the total number of posts to order.

2. Choose The Right Fence and Posts

Before selecting the posts, ensure they are robust enough for the task at hand! Your fence post must be strong enough to keep a 200+ pound animal at bay. The ideal picks include a high-strength, 1 5/8” round black-coated steel posts, black post caps, and galvanized steel inserts. You can easily drive them into rock or ground with a sledge hammer or with the REDI driver.

Alternately, a 5” round, or better, wooden post should be up to the task. Some fencing materials make the property look like a concentration camp. To avoid that, choose well-designed meshing and netting that are almost invisible. These fences also preserve the aesthetic value of your farm or property. 

3. Consider DIY Kits

One way to ensure you get the right posts is to opt for ready-packaged fence post kits. These post kits come with everything you need to get your fencing project off the ground, and completed, quickly.  Regardless of the type of fence posts you choose, equipping yourself with a gas powered T post driver goes a long way to expediting post installations. Portable, and powerful enough to work with any posts – fiberglass, steel, or wood – the T post driver makes driving posts into any surface a breeze.

With your post driver in hand, all you do is place the driver on top of your post, and give the throttle a gentle squeeze – that’s it! The machine takes care of all the hard work. And, because this is a gas-powered device, there’s no need to haul a generator or miles of cables to your installation site. It’s a self-contained piece of equipment, meant to save labor and time, and always guarantee accurate and sturdy installation of deer fence posts

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