I've had similar success with a different base product. Instead of the
hog-type fencing, I use a product called remesh which is what I normally put
down before a pour to stabilize new concrete floors. The best part of this
is that the openings are already 6" X 6" so there is no need to cut
additional openings. It is a little harder to work with and requires a
heavier-duty wire cutters than the other, but it is very sturdy. (I think 10
gauge wire vs. 16/18 gauge) I usually cut to about 9squares in length and
make the cut just outside the start of the 10th vertical which leaves the
horizontals available to wrap back around # 10 from top to bottom to hold
the thing together. I cut off the bottom strand all the way around, leaving
the vertical runs intact. This gives me about 10 6" vertical spikes which
when pushed in and as Doug mentioned, rotate hard against the soil until the
bottom horizontal is a couple inches below the soil. With this method and
tying off the occasional limb to the structure, I find that I don't need the
support posts that were required with the lighter cages. A 75' roll at the
big box home stores runs about $75 and I got a total of 16 cages. So far
they have lasted 7 seasons with no visible degradation.
As Doug said no animal issues at all..... if I could just make a cage big
enough to keep the squirrels out of the Cherry, Peach & Pear trees I'd be a
In case it doesn't, here is a wild shot to try: birds and small
animals often attack tomatoes for water, not food. Try putting a
bird bath or two in your garden. It worked wonders for me when
my tomatoes were beset by biblical numbers of birds.
Canada Zone 5a
United States Zone 3a
Near Ottawa, Ontario
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.