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help! help! please help!

Posted by sumsin NJ (Zone 6) (My Page) on
Tue, May 15, 12 at 17:08

Last year I got wonderful input from you guys. I bought at least 15 knockout and carpet rose plants and planted them at different parts of the garden. I was hoping that the deer won't touch the roses. Oh boy!! little did I know. They are eating all the tips n buds. I sprayed and sprayed the Liquid fence, Deer away all kinds of stuff. I even re-sprayed after the rain. Not much help.
Bottom line - I dont have any rose flowers.

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RE: help! help! please help!

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Tue, May 15, 12 at 17:44

Sorry to say that roses are like candy to deer. The only thing that really works is a tall fence.

RE: help! help! please help!

Well, a little qualifier to that -

1) If you have a neighbor that's closer to the forest (deers' home), then talk them into planting some Knock Outs. They'll hit his yard before yours. ;-)

2) Be creative - Deer do not like unstable footing, neither do they like unusual lights. I placed a number of reflective balls in one of my gardens and laid some store-bought trellis pieces around the roses. The idea is that the reflections from the balls un-nerve them and the trellis wood on the ground gives them the heebie-geebies with their footing.

Those things seem to have worked with me.

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