The ever increasing population of deer in the UK can cause problems for everybody, from large scale landowners, to property developers, to individuals trying to nurture a private garden.
Knighton can install a variety of different types of fencing depending on your situation. For smaller areas, it may be more financially viable to protect trees individually; alternatively, larger areas can be fenced in their entirety. The Forestry Commission have published a helpful guide to the types of deer fencing available, which can be found here.
Deer fencing can be an effective way of controlling deer to allow different land-uses to co-exist in close proximity and to protect public safety. Although it is permissible to control deer by shooting, this generally cannot be done in a safe and legal manner in gardens.
You may not see deer as they do most of their feeding between dusk and dawn. However, signs of damage include:
• Shoots, flower buds and foliage stripped off plants
• Damaged woody stems often have a ragged cut end where a deer has bitten part way through the stem and then tugged the shoot off
• Eaten tree bark, mainly in winter when other food is scarce
• Fraying, which occurs in summer when male deer rub their heads against tree trunks to remove the velvet from a new set of antlers, or when they are scent-marking their territories. The antlers make vertical cuts in the bark. Such damage often causes growth above the point of damage to dry up and die.
If you think we may be able to help, then give us a ring on 01305 848881.
The most effective way of stopping deer is to exclude them from gardens with netting or fences but these need to be robust and relatively tall. Deer can squeeze through small gaps under fencing or leap over barriers that are too low.
Hedges can be an effective barrier if they are suitably tall and solid enough to stop deer pushing through and a ditch on the outside will improve the effectiveness of fences or hedging. For more information on the type of hedging work we can carry out, please look here.
Protecting young trees
Tree guards can be used to protect individual trees, whether young, mature or specimen. Knighton can fit these in their many different forms, and we are happy to advise you as to the most appropriate type for your situation.
More information on the different types of tree protection can be found here.