As with anything, no matter how hard you try, there’s always something that you could have done differently or even better. For example, did you know that there are different ways to edge your food plot? Depending on the location of your food plot, you may have an existing edge or you may actually have to create an edge.
Most of the research I have found says that the key to promoting wildlife activity is by making the area look as natural as possible. One way to do this is by creating an edge around the food plot.
Edges are created when two habitat’s meet. The two main ways to edge is by creating a Hard Edge (woods) or a Soft Edge (grass).
Both Deer Pond and Bell Place have unique edges. Deer Pond was originally situated in the middle of an open field. Since deer are typically not found in an open field, I had to create a Soft Edge between the food plot and the woods. I have planted several hard wood, pine, and fruit trees around the outskirts; however, those trees won’t be big for a few more years. In the meantime, I have planted taller grasses in between the creek and the food plot to provide some additional cover. This will allow the wildlife to ease into the food plot with easy access to cover.
The edging around Bell Place is almost completely opposite. This food plot was planted within an opening in the woods. Out of all the food plots I have, Bell Place probably fits the concept of making an area look as natural as possible the best. We picked an area near the outer edge of the woods that didn’t have many trees. We thinned the trees out a bit and planted the food plot to create a “hard edge”. The best way to create a “hard edge” in this scenario is by not cutting the trees or brush in straight lines.
Regardless of the type of edge you create, the key is to create an edge that wildlife feel comfortable using. You will create your own success!