I've a relatively new gardener, and I haven't really read much, I've been at this around 3 summers now, learning as I go. sometimes I plant seedlings, sometimes seeds. The single biggest problem I've had has been critters eating my fruits. They've absolutely devastated my apple and cherry trees, along with all my berries and some baby watermelons. The problem was manageable last year, I put up a wire fence lined with some cayenne pepper, and it more or less worked. This year however I expanded my garden significantly, and the critters appear to have noticed. I live in an area with a woodlot nearby, so there's a large presence of small animals. So much so that we have a significant red tailed hawk population and occasional coyotes & foxes in the area. I've read about it online, and all the solutions seem to me to be non-solutions. I've tried: cayenne pepper spray Irish Spring critter ridder None of them have done anything. Critter Ridder is very expensive given how useless it is... The reviews on sonic repellants are very bad, so I haven't done that. I think the coyote urine would work, but I've a dog, so don't want to do that. The only thing I think I have left open is to build a fence around the whole thing, including the top. I was thinking of putting in a few 4x4's, running chicken wire along the length and width, then topping it off with bird netting. I have two cherry trees within the actual garden, so that's why I think the top would need to be netting, I can place it around the tree. I really can't think of any other solution. So I've a few questions -- 1. Is there a certain kind of fencing that works best for squirrels? Does anyone offer a decent prefab critter fence? Or is a DIY fence best? 2. Is there a certain kind of fencing that squirrels cannot climb? Will a chicken wire fence with bird spikes facing down from the top keep them off? Or can anyone offer a better solution? Any and all help much appreciated!