Fruit & Vegetable Exclusion Fence Requirements

Protecting your fruit and vegetable specialty crops is important. The more fruit you can harvest, the more your revenue increases. The best way to protect your crops is by using an exclusion or boundary fence around your investments. Deer control and exclusion in orchard, vegetable and vineyard crops can quickly translate to increased revenue. Even a few deer in an orchard can reduce yields by many bushels per visit. This will drain revenues and potentially damages tree growth and fruiting for subsequent seasons. Build a high exclusion fence that keeps deer and large pests out while allowing some ingress/egress by predators. This works to control moles and other vermin, one of the keys to a good orchard and vineyard exclusion fence. Follow the guidelines below when planning your exclusion fence.

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The strength of your fence is very important when installing an exclusion fence. You want a fence that carries a high breaking strength and will withstand impact from predatory animals. Fixed knot is the strongest exclusion fence style available and provides the best exclusion performance, particularly in areas where deer pressure exists.  Bekaert Solidlock® Pro 12.5 g Fixed Knot products carry a minimum breaking strength of 1,385 pounds making it our strongest option.  A Solidlock® Fixed Knot fence will exclude even aggressive deer in most situations. 


Post spacing is a variable because it depends on product selection, height of your fence, animal pressure and terrain. In general, we recommend post spacing for exclusion fence to be between 15 and 25 feet. For a specific recommendation, feel free to Ask the Fence Pros


For vineyard and orchard applications, we recommend a height of 96 inchesIf a 96 inch fence is not an option in your area, use a fence with a height of 75 to 90 inches. If additional height is desired, add lines of smooth or barbed wire along the top to increase overall height.




Bekaert Solidlock® Pro 2096-12, 2096-6 and 1796-6 Fixed Knot fence designs are all “best” options being that they are all 96 inches high. The difference between these three options is the spacing of the wires which is outlined below.  The differences between the 2096 products and the 1796-6 product is reflected in the total number of line wires and the spacing at the bottom.  These line wire spacing changes are based on personal and regional needs. 

  • Solidlock® Pro 12.5 gauge, 2096-12 or 2096-6 Fixed Knot fence are our first recommendations. These fence products are 96 inches tall. The 2096-12 and 2096-6 options are similar except the 2096-12 has 12 inch vertical stay wire spacing and the 2096-6 has 6 inch vertical stay wire spacing.The difference between this fence and the one below is the difference in the number of horizontal line wires and their spacing. The horizontal spacing for this fence is smaller, starting with 3 inches at the bottom and gradually increasing to 7 inches at the top. View the fence spacing diagrams below. 
  • Solidlock Pro® 12.5 gauge, 1796-6 Fixed Knot fence is our other "best" option recommendation. Like the 2096 designs, this fence is also 96 inches tall.  The line wire spacing for this fence allows for more ingress and egress of small animals at the bottom. The 1796-6 fence starts at the bottom with 6 inch horizontal line wire spaces for the first 3 openings. The remaining horizontal line wire spaces are identical to the top of the 2096-6 above. This is the preferred choice for the northeast region due to issues with moles and other small burrowing creatures. View the fence spacing diagrams below. 



Read the Rutgers University study on the impact an exclusion can have on your investment: Deer crop loss demonstration study results reveal benefits to all using deer exclusion fence


Solidlock® Pro 12.5 ga Fixed Knot

See the fence designs for 2096-6, 2096-12, 1796-6 and 1775-6. 

Solidlock® 14 ga Fixed Knot

See the fence designs for 1690-6 and 1478-6.

Gaucho® Pro 12.5 ga Field Fence

See the fence design for 1478-6.