Garden Protection

For anyone that's a gardener or even a hobby gardener, the notion that your garden can be violated by pets or other nasty garden thieves is enough to make you think about how you can secure your precious garden assets. There is no worse feeling than knowing all your hard work and care toward your garden can fall victim to a pet's or animal's devastation and be all but lost within minutes. Another common occurance is when your garden furniture sets fall victim to the harsh weather, making it vital to invest in a durable, weather resistant cover if you have no space in the garage or shed. So it's very important to ensure your garden or land is well protected. It's almost as frightening as thinking about a thief's invasion into your garden and offloading everything you've grown. The solution for these problems might come simply from garden netting.

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Protection

Your garden netting can provide a protective shield in your garden against wandering animals, pets that might be a nuisance (perhaps not even your own!) and may not fully detract thieves but will provide an extra layer of security than nothing at all. Applied carefully, a garden net will cloak your garden while still allowing plenty of light for growth and proliferation. Although most nets are simply staked in and tied off, they are still a much better alternative than doing nothing at all for your garden.

Materials

Most garden nets are manufactured with some type of plastic, but you can look around for additional nets that are made from more secure materials, like think hardware mesh or woven fibers. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. A hardware mesh net is certainly more difficult to install and secure, but provides better security than one made from other materials. Another drawback from a hardware mesh net is that the heat it attracts can damage growth to certain plants, especially if the plants come in contact with the net during the hottest parts of summer. A thinner material, like woven fibers, can still provide a good amount of protection and security and the installation and maintenance is much simpler. Thin plastic is an economical solution, but the plastic can easily be torn open, which isn't optimal if you have hungry birds or small animals in the neighborhood.

Application

The easiest way to cover your garden is to erect stakes near the tallest sections of the garden, then draping the netting over these stakes. This is somewhat of a hasty deployment, but if haste is required then this will do the job quickly. A more careful and well thought out design might include a series of stakes connected on top by horizontal pieces. The netting can then be draped over the horizontal pieces like a tent, then stretched out across to the border of the garden property. If your garden is larger than four rows, then this design might need to be doubled so that the entire garden can be covered. The key to securing the garden netting must also include staking down or securing the ends of the netting with rocks, timbers or whatever heavy material you can find to ensure no small animals or intruders can simply slip into the netted area. This type of application will provide safety and security for your garden and make you the envy of all gardeners in the neighbourhood.