I live in an area with LOTS of deer, tiny Key Deer, and they eat everything! Cages can protect the plants until they get above the deer, but they're unsightly. Since my house is round, I wanted to build something economical that would flow with the curves.
Time: 2 Weeks Cost: $100 Difficulty: Advanced
I cut 2" X 10' pipe in an "X" in the middle, giving me two 5' pipes with points to drive into the ground. I dug a small hole and poured in dry mortar mix after driving in the posts. Sorry, no photos of steps.
My handy man cut one 2" pipe vertically and drilled evenly spaced 3/4 holes for a templet. This was used to mark the posts on each side. With four rails, the deer were able to walk through but five worked!
Sliding the 3/4" rails through was easy. We staggered the places where the rails ended for stability. Simple 3/4" connectors and 2" pole caps completed the project.
There are no gates. I left a rail unattached in each enclosure so I can crawl through! I get lots of compliments on it's style and servicablilty. The deer can't get through, either!
The rails can be inserted at right angles too! At those spots, he slanted screws into the poles because rails only go half way through the posts.
I eventually laid flagstone between gardens.
The cost and amount of time depends on the length of fence. It withstood the 150MPH winds of hurricane Irma!!! So did the geodesic dome!
Materials I used for this project:
- 10' X 2" PVC pipes (Home Depot)
- 12' X 3/4" PVC pipes
- 2" PVC caps