deervssteve(9)November 17, 2013

I calculated that four foot diameter would be enough and the cages looked huge around the babies. The deer have been able to snag a few buds within six inches of the cage.

When I have some time, I'll take them apart and add another 6 feet of fencing to increase the diameter to six feet and increase the protected area another foot from the bush. The bushes will be bigger next year.

I knew they couldn't get anything from the top but never expected getting to the bushes through the fencing.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Man those deer are sneaky...

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 10:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seil zone 6b MI

Sounds like it might be easier to fence the whole bed instead.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 12:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I had the same thought seil had - how about a fence around several roses?

I cage all of our baby roses, but then take off the cages when the roses are big enough not to be killed by some grazing. Our deer are not as hungry as yours - they mostly just nibble. But, they are sneaky about getting through cages! I actually saw a small but not tiny fawn sticking its smaller nuzzle through a cage and grazing on the rose inside.

One time at my MIL's house, in the middle of the night she heard a horrible racket in the back yard that woke her up. Armed with a flashlight, she saw a large (for us) buck running around her patio with a cage caught in its antlers. It was smashing the cage against everything, and eventually the cage fell off and we found it the next morning. My DH then bulit a tall fence all around his mother's back yard, and that worked.


    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 1:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm not worried about the deer killing the roses. I've had about 15 bushes unprotected for over 20 years. The problem is except for the climbers and a few tall bushes they eat almost all the buds and stunt the growth of the bushes. Rose bushes without abundant flowers is not an option.

Fencing isn't an option. I was fortunate to convince my wife to allow cages. Cages are shorter then fences, because they only need to stop grazing, not entry. Cages are temporary and easily removeable. A fence is a more permanent structure and my roses are in the front of the house and a fence would not be attractive.
My backyard is too shady for roses and the one other section that has sun, a fence would block the view of the mountain. Given another property, I would fence.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 2:12PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Blue Girl - bush
I'm starting to think about culling out the noncontenders...
Please Get To The Huntington Quickly!!
Please try to get to the Huntington in the next few...
hoovb zone 9 sunset 23
Osiria rose - slow grower?
Does anyone else have an Osiria? Mine is fairly new...
vigorosa roses
As I continue my research on roses that will work in...
Beth9116 zone 8a TX
Planting Rose in Square Container
Hi, I am wondering if I would have any problems planting...
sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™