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Study Wildlife Before Buying Fence

Jennifer Smith

Posted on April 15 2019

There are so many types of fence on the market for wildlife exclusion; and customers can quickly get overwhelmed and confused. Before buying deer fencing, suggests that homeowners study deer movement patterns and see if there are other wild animals and critters invading lawns and gardens. The animals that are destroying gardens will make the difference whether to buy a plastic or metal fence. 

Plastic Deer Fence

Plastic Deer Fencing, made from a durable polypropylene material, is best used for light to moderate deer pressure. Homeowners with small and calm dogs often turn to poly fence to secure their pets, as well as to keep out wildlife. Poly Deer Fence comes in various sizes and strength grades to help keep out larger deer herds. 

If the deer are just nosy, and are not chewing or challenging the strength of the fence line, then a plastic fence may be appropriate for your landscape. 


  • Light to moderate deer pressure
  • Small, calm dogs

Metal Deer Fence

Steel Deer Fencing is best used to secure landscapes that experience heavier deer pressure on lawns. Often, homeowners with large dogs that chew, dig and are generally rambunctious, will turn to metal deer fencing to secure their pets. Metal deer fencing is also used to secure chickens on pastures to keep out coyotes, foxes, and wolves. Gardeners fighting off rabbits, groundhogs and woodchucks trench metal fencing into the ground to block burrowing attempts.

Like poly fencing, metal deer fencing blends into landscapes and looks great in yards. Steel Fence with PVC is a better choice than regular metal fencing because the PVC acts as a secondary layer of protection. All in all, metal deer fencing is best used to block chewing and digging animals and heavy deer pressure.


  • Heavier deer pressure
  • Large/high energy dogs that chew and dig
  • Coyotes, foxes, wolves
  • Rabbits, groundhogs, woodchucks