I used this on my rhododendrons for many years. Then one winter we had
several feet of snow. The deer are very plentiful and started attacking
anything green. I saw them actually bite the rope and yank it off and
spit it out so the soap wouldn't bother their dining on my
rhododendrons. That was the year I switched to deer netting. It works
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Laur) wrote in message
A friend of a friend swears that trolling wire streched around the
garden befuddles the deer through some effect of magnetism. He claims
that the deer walk up to the wire, startle, and walk away. Has anyone
heard of such a thing? I thought that I had heard (and tried) every
folk remedy but this is a new one!!
Deer netting works well but they can and do punch through.
email@example.com (an eclectic garden) wrote in
I don't rememeber every hearing about that one either. I doubt it is
magnetism but you never know. Supposedly certain lobsters can use the
earth's magnetic field to orient themselves, but it would probably take
more teslas (or whatever the unit is) than can be had from a simple non-
Probably the deer just can't see or resolve the wire and get spooked.
Sort of like birds that never heard of glass and keep pecking at their
Or maybe they do see it and are smart enough to think "I'm likely to
garrote myself if I need to run away, so I'll just stay away".
It is not magnetism. A nylon rope is just as effective. Even a fence
lying on the ground will work. The deer are afraid they will get their
feet caught in it and not be able to escape. However, as with anything,
if the deer get hungry enough, fear is overcome by hunger.
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