I should have used protection

j0nd03October 16, 2013

Just a reminder:

It's about that time of the year to erect some deer deterrent around our babies

This post was edited by j0nd03 on Wed, Oct 16, 13 at 21:36

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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

My trees are a bit larger now. I am going with windchimes and fishing bells hung from branches.

Wonder if I can catch a good buck with some twine and a smooth barked acer rubrum as bait. My buddies who are getting ready to spend their vacations sitting in tree stands will all be jealous.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 8:25PM
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krnuttle

My solution to the deer problem is to plant as many plants as I can afford, on the idea that the bigger selection at the salad bar, no one plant will be damaged significantly.

Besides I enjoy seeing the deer in the yard. The young fawns are so cute playing tag in the yard.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 9:10PM
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j0nd03

This was a $10 cheapie I picked up on a whim this spring so no big loss. I had planned on putting up my deer deterrents Friday on my day off but the buck apparently had to get his rub in first!

The 4 loblolly pines naturally occuring on my property all show a history of rub damage but have overcome the problem. Not so for this little one since it is girdled all the way around for a good 1' in height. I expected them to target this tree, just not quite so soon.

Good luck to the rest of you!

I used to like watching the deer until they top pruned over a dozen of my babies the first year I started planting as well as rubbing every tree 1" caliper on the whole darn property!!! I only see them once or twice a year but they leave sign year round. Sneaky bastards...

Oh and of course they leave all the 1" caliper oak/hickory/cherry/ash saplings in the woods untouched......!!!!!!!.....

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 9:34PM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

I grow Poncirus trifoliata. Grows fast, makes hellish thorns. I cut year old branches of the Poncirus and hang them in the trees I want to protect. Use some around the base for rabbits, tie them if I have to in the branches to prevent deer browsing and buck rubs. Some people swear the Poncirus is a useless tree, I think this hardy citrus should be used for deer hedges.

Here is a link that might be useful: Poncirus spines

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 9:43PM
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sam_md

I like the way Dzit. thinks, here's my Poncirus, never been touched by deer.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 9:56PM
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