I’ve received several emails over the past few days from people who read Saturday’s article where I referenced not being able to keep out raccoons until I came here and had a different garden plot. People have been asking what I used once I got here to keep the raccoons out of the garden.
The answer is electric netting, which we purchased online. It’s similar to an electric fence, but it’s a wire net grid, with holes that get smaller as they get closer to the bottom. That keeps animals from jumping through the holes or burrowing underneath.
Ours is powered by a car battery that needs charging about three times a year, but you can also get a solar-powered battery for it. The great thing about it is that it’s available in many different lemgths and it can be configured any way you want to. The netting is on stakes that you just push into the ground wherever you want it, so your fence goes up in about 10 minutes.
They recommend initially baiting the top just like you would an electric fence to train the deer to stay away. We didn’t do that, but never had a problem with a deer getting in, even though we do have quite a few that come through the yard.
It’s done a really good job at keeping the animals away. If this sounds like a solution for you, google “electric netting” and you’ll find several different options.