Common Household Remedies Request
Goddammit, I spotted my first woodchuck today; threw a rock at it but I missed. So I think it's time to get into fencing mode. Here's the best advice I found:
Install a mesh wire fence, 3 to 4 feet high. Do not attach the wire to the very top of the fence posts. Woodchucks do not like unstable fence. Fold 6 to 12 inches onto the ground to discourage the woodchuck from burrowing under the fence. Fences that are 3 to 4 feet high are easy to step over, so don't bother with a gate.
So, when I search Home Deport on "mesh wire fence" I find these technologies:
- 14-Gauge Welded Wire
- 20-Gauge Galvanized Poultry Netting
- 19-Gauge Galvanized Hardware Cloth
Poultry netting would seem to be the most unstable -- one envisions the woodchuck failing to drag its ungainly body upward -- but is it strong enough? Presumably hardware cloth is not in the running...
NOTE Also, how about row covers? Are woodchucks smart enough to push row covers aside or get under them?