Originally Posted by Howard E
I now live in the country where we have all manner of varmints. Prior to that, I lived in town. We had as many, if not more, raccoons in town than we have here. And I always suspected a possum was living under our concrete patio although I never saw him. Some animal was. We had more deer in town that we do here. In short, varmints are everywhere.
This is how I installed the wire apron around the house. This is 1" x 2" 14 gauge welded wire.......part is 2 feet wide and part is 3 feet as the place I bought it from ran out of the 2 foot, which should be wide enough to do it.
So there is a 4 inch leg bent along the house side into a L shape.....it is tacked to the runners with fence steeples.......not staples....steeples. The runners are the same as what could be the wood base of a run. The fall is then laid out on the ground and staked down. Since mine was laid out over grass, I got out the lawnmower and scalped it down to 1 inch, and laid the wire on that. Part was on bare ground where my compost bin used to sit.
To hold the wire down along the edges, I used 99 cent tent stakes I got from Walmart......basically large nails with a perfectly shaped plastic head, to hold them down. That holds the wire aprons tight to the ground and I can then mow over them. After 2 weeks or so, the grass has grown up enough you can hardly tell the wire is there. A digger will know when he tries to get past it.
This is how they looked when I installed them and then again about 2 weeks later.
Howard: You have done a nice job on your wire protection. We have chosen to be a bit more "hill billy" than you. We first bought some green wire, 2ft wide and it looked good but when we got it home it turned out to be something called rabbit fencing? Had small openings, like 1/2" and the it got progressively larger towards to top. We went back to Home Depot and bought just simple chicken fencing, sort of wimpy but it still is better than nothing. We underlapped it about 4" under our pea gravel/paver foundation. We tried using landscape cloth wire "staples" and they didn't work very well. These are about 3--4" long and about an inch wide but bend too easily when pushed into the ground. I am going to use either fender washers and nails or cut some strips of rolled aluminium to hold things down. Shouldn't be too difficult. TBC BB