Why can't I just make my own deer cage?
You can, and many have--see the pictures in the Gallery. But most of us don't have the time or patience (or workshop) to experiment with all the various dimensions and features that make a cage work properly. The Deer Cage does all this for you, so that you can concentrate on what you really love: designing and planting a beautiful yard.
Is 4 feet high enough?
At the Deer Cage Company, we've done extensive field testing to be sure that 4 feet works. What we've found is that while larger bucks can graze at heights up to 5 feet, the Deer Cage's wide diameter allows very little if any damage above 4 feet.
Does the Deer Cage keep out rabbits, too?
Rabbits are sneaky, and can squeeze through surprisingly small spaces and do surprising damage. Smallish rabbits can get through the Deer Cage mesh, so if you need rabbit protection, you can wrap chicken wire (at least 2 feet high) around the base of the Deer Cage for a very effective and unobtrusive barrier.
Can't the deer just knock over the Deer Cage?
The Deer Cage is designed to resist deer attack in two ways. The long, skewered stakes inserted at a slight inward angle anchor the Deer Cage very strongly. The Cage itself is just the right gauge and diameter so that it "gives" with pressure. This keeps it from deforming and from providing the resistance that would allow a deer to upend it.
How do I change my Deer Cage to fit a variety of uses?
The Deer Clip allows you to reduce the diameter of your Deer Cage. This is especially useful for making tomato cages and for fitting it to container gardens. Conversely, you can create a large enclosure (for berry patches, for instance) by linking two or more Deer Cages together. It's easy, but it does require two or more vertical stakes to keep it from getting floppy. We recommend 5-foot bamboo stakes.
What difference does the Deer Clip make?
The Deer Clip is specially designed to allow you to clip the Deer Cage securely together in seconds. Then, if and when you need to open it (to move it to another tree or shrub, or to mow, or to fertilize, for instance), you can open it again just as easily. The Clip stays on the Cage--no loose parts! This is one of the great advantages of the Deer Cage over do-it-yourself cages, which are generally fixed in place once installed. Plus, it's UV-resistant and weather-tested.
How do I make a large enclosure, as for a berry patch, with the Deer Cage?
Two or more Deer Cages can be easily linked with their Deer Clips to form an enclosure that effectively protects berry patches, sapling nurseries, or vulnerable perennial beds. At that diameter, stakes are needed to support the enclosure: we recommend 5-foot bamboo stakes, buried one foot deep.
Will I need to keep my Deer Cages on my trees and shrubs forever?
It depends. Most trees and some shrubs will mature to the point where they no longer need Deer Cage protection, at which point you can remove the Cage and put it elsewhere in your yard. Some shrubs, as well as your container gardens and berry patches, will need permanent protection as long as deer roam the land...
Do I need to keep my Deer Cages on my trees and shrubs year-round?
Yes. During the growing season, deer will eat your new growth. In the late autumn, bucks will rub their antlers against trunks. In the winter, deer will be desperate for food and will graze aggressively on plant matter that they would ignore during the growing season.