Fencing and Raised Beds
Fencing can be used to define the border of your garden, create raised beds with insect netting or create cold frames to extend your growing season. One of the most common uses for fencing, however, is to keep critters aways.
Most gardeners eventually have heated encounters with unwanted wild animals. The best and kindest solution is to keep them out with the right kind of barrier. Repellents and scare devices work sometimes for some animals, but you can’t beat well-chosen garden fences for reliable long-term, around-the-clock protection.
When the primary purpose of a fence is to deter animal pests, you can't choose the best garden fence until you know what they are. The eight most prevalent wild animal pests of gardens are (in alphabetical order): deer, groundhogs (woodchucks), pocket gophers, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and voles. Note that opossums and moles are missing from this list. Neither species directly damages garden crops and both eat enough insects to be considered beneficial. Read more
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Wooden Pallets and Reclaimed Wood
Various places either give away or sell wooden shipping pallets. If ever you see some piled up outside of a building it can never hurt to ask an employee if they are for the taking. Some consistent places include:
R F Throop Pallet Company
1701 Camp Lincoln Rd
Springfield, IL 62707
The Pallet Shop 2437 N. 5th Street firstname.lastname@example.org
Crate and Pallet 1555 W. Jefferson St. (217) 679-2681 email@example.com
ReStore 2744 S. 6th Street (217) 787-7209 firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Electric Company (217) 522- 3347 www.gscc.org
CopperTree (217) 793-0900 www.coppertreedesigns.com
Check your local online forum sites, such as Craigslist, for individuals giving items away or selling at a much reduced cost.
Check with your local landscapers, plumbing and building contractors to see if they have leftover pieces to give away for free or at a discounted price.
2744 S. 6th Street