Groundhog fencing is a type of fence engineered to exclude groundhogs. Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks. Typical applications include:
- Preventing groundhog access (keeping them from going under or into an area) or as dig prevention
- Surrounding an area like a garden where groundhogs will eat your vegetables
Adding a rodent barrier for groundhog protection to an existing fence (like a deer fence)
Surrounding the complete perimeter of an area (along a complete property line) – this can include wide driveway gates to protect driveways
A groundhog fence kit is a selection of fencing, fence posts, accessories and hardware to build a complete fence to keep out groundhogs when starting from nothing.
Our groundhog fences are not electric and cannot fail due to broken wires, dead batteries, etc. They are engineered to keep out many different animals besides groundhogs, depending on the options you choose. They also make great pet fences to keep in dogs and other animals.
There are 1000+ fence kits, combinations and options within each of these types of woodchuck fences.
The purpose of this page is to help you compare the choices to best select the groundhog fence you need for your project.
In general, most customers with groundhog issues select:
- A groundhog fence with overlap. This type of woodchuck fence includes extra fencing overlapped and staked to the ground to the outside of the area. This acts as a dig deterrent and covers small ups and downs in your landscape groundhogs can use for entry. Groundhogs will use their noses to try and push up the base of a fence or to try to dig down under your fence for access. This type of groundhog fence with overlap is a roll of fence installed at a specific height, leaving additional inches or footage (6-12 inches typical) overlapped and pinned to the ground facing outside.
- A poly groundhog fence with a chew barrier base. Deer don’t chew and poly fence has properties that make it a great deer fence. Poly deer fence doesn’t have memory (if it’s hit it returns to it’s original shape unlike metal that once bent stays bent) and it’s hard to climb. Poly deer fence is also lightweight, very strong and inexpensive. The issue with poly fence is chewing; even the strongest poly fence is not chew proof. The most popular type of fence for a garden includes a poly fence paired with a metal rodent barrier base. In general, the same bottom wire fence used to keep out groundhogs will also keep out rabbits and other garden pests. The post popular garden configuration to keep out groundhogs (and other animals) would be a 7 ½ foot finished height poly fence in 700 poly paired with a 4ft 1x1 black steel bottom wire, installed at 40 inches tall leaving 8 inches of overlap. The overlap is flexibile – for example, you could install the 4ft bottom wire at 36” tall leaving 12 inches of overlap.
- 36-48” tall. The minimum suggested height to keep out groundhogs as a chew barrier base is 36 inches / 48 inches when used on top of another fence. As a stand alone fence you should note that groundhogs can and will climb and a 36 to 48 inch tall fence by itself may not keep out groundhogs.
Below are our groundhog fence kits separated by type: