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When deer go bad

Posted by deervssteve 9 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 23, 14 at 18:48

or act like deer.

Most of my landscaping was planted over 25 years ago and done ok. This is what the deer did to my agapanthus:
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Here's a lemon tree that they don't like:
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This is why I cage my hybrid teas.

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RE: When deer go bad

They get desperate and do all kinds of things. We have tall fencing that in some spots we had to make taller. Here it's the only way.

RE: When deer go bad

I feel your pain! There's a heard here that treats my yard like an all you can eat buffet. Chomp. Didn't like it. Chomp again. Still don't like it. Off to another plant to repeat the process. The turkeys aren't much better.

RE: When deer go bad

agapanthus is classified as deer-resistant

RE: When deer go bad

All "our" deer have gone bad. We have a semi-permanent herd out back in the gulley. In the summer, they love my tomatoes and roses. In the winter, it's the bird seed and my dianthus, among other plants. Their technique: take a bite of a nice tomato-drop it; take a bite out of another nice tomato-drop it; keep repeating. For dianthus, the technique is: take a huge bite of the plant, drop it, etc. until the dianthus is nothing but bare ground with some stubs showing, surrounded by chunks of the plant. For the feeder, it's use big, old tongue to curl between the weave of the bird feeder tube. In a hurry, tear the whole damn tube down, and let it roll down the hill. The noise scares them off, and I have a broken feeder, often still full of seed. Finally, watch the old lady jump up and down, screaming and banging a pot lid against a pan. Harharhar. She should take this act on the road. Diane

RE: When deer go bad

Don't know if this would work or not as I'm not bothered by deer even though we have a lot of them just a mile North of us.
How about getting an electric fence unit like the ones they use to keep cattle inside the fences. Using insulated wire just run it around to each rose bush. Maybe make a few 'trunk' lines that you tap off from to reach the bushes. You would only need a single strand of wire from the trunk line to the plant. Strip off about 2 inches of the insulation at the end of the wire, fold it back onto itself and twist it together. That way there would be no sharp ends. Then mount it such that it does not hit the plant but would hit the deer when it reaches in to eat the flowers. A piece of bamboo with the wire attached should work.
Put the whole thing on a timer so it only comes on when the deer are out.
Maybe instead of putting it among the bushes you could place them down the walking paths. As the deers walked by it would push the stick out of the way until it came to the end, then Zap, deer is out of there….. After about the 3rd of 4th one they run into they will think twice about coming back.
Of course you should first check to see if our Socialist government allows that.

RE: When deer go bad

Fencing may be the single most effective deer deterrent. The problem is that it can be unsightly and impractical to install. We have used both fencing and Deer Repellent Packs to keep deer away from our landscaping and flowers. The Packs are good for 90 days and can simply be hung right on the plants you want to protect.

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy Deer Repellent

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