Since you've nixed the bow hunting idea, try something that worked for me,
for almost 3 months: Irish Spring bar soap. Get some knee-hi hosiery and
empty 1 quart yogurt or cottage cheese containers. Punch hole in bottom of
container big enough for a wire to pass through. Put soap in knee-hi, tie
shut with wire. Pass wire through hole and pull the soap assembly up into
the container, so you have something like a bell with the soap in place of
the knocker. This protects the soap from rain. Hang a few of these around
the most vulnerable or valuable plants. If you get a LOT of rain, you might
want to seal the wire holes with a little silicone caulk.
This has stopped working for me after 3 months. Not sure if the soap has
lost most of its pungent scent, or the deer just don't care any more. But,
the nibbling they're doing now doesn't seem to be hurting anything, and it's
the end of the season anyway. I'll try it again in the spring.
What an intriguing idea and one certainly worth a try. Like you, I would
guess that the scent has dissipated after three months so it would pay to
change the bars. I wish these deer weren't hurting anything here; I have
been nursing a young bush for three years and the deer keep nipping off all
Of course, there's always a maze of fence material to deter monsters. I've
got tunnel shaped fence wire annoyances over beds of greens, or spots where
new seed has been sown. They're held down with tent stakes. They dissuaded
every mammal here, except the occasional squirrel that burrows under for no
I think it would be wonderful to have all these animals in your yard. But I
understand your disappointment. Maybe you should have a wildlife park
instead of a garden. "IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, JOIN 'EM"
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