Fence for groundhog - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, Ma
Question by brucepy
May 17, 2010
We are fairly certain we have a groundhog (or more) under a porch/deck. Until or unless we can get rid of it (them?), what type of fencing should we put up? Would a 2-foot chicken wire attached to 3-foot wood stakes be enough?

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2010


If you decide to fence the garden to keep groundhogs out, the fence must be 3 or 4 feet high. Groundhogs are also good diggers, so dig down and bury the fence about 1 foot deep. An alternative to burying the fence is to fold the fence away from the porch or deck at the bottom and extend it along the surface of the ground for 6 to 12 inches. That will prevent them from being able to dig under the fence. Chicken wire is fine for a fence. Best wishes with your project!

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