How can I keep the deer from destroying my landscape? Are there any methods
known to man that will keep them out of my plants? Are there some nice
looking plants that they will not eat? Any rational ideas would be greatly
You can reduce the possibility of damage but I think deer will find a way in
if they want something tasty.
Run an electric fence at the property perimeter.
Keep dogs loose in the yard.
Don't know about non-tasty plants. Consult with the county ag extension
See what the agent thinks of Hot Pepper Wax,
http://www.hotpepperwax.com /. The mfg recommends it only for rabbits and
squirrels but http://www.mydeergarden.com/ seems to think it's okay for
deer, too. http://www.mydeergarden.com/Deterrents/hot_pepper_wax.htm has
some home brews at the bottom, too. A combination of methods will probably
be the way to go. Think Integrated Pest Management. Good luck.
Thank God for our right to bear arms. Maybe the deer problem is what those
old buggers had in mind when the established those rights. Establish
yourself as a "farm" - no one questions it around here. That allows you to
shoot bambi all year long to protect your "crops". I use a shotgun with
slugs in close quarters or a lever action 30-30 when I have room.
My first and second thought is still that these deer belong in your
freezer. Do this, shoot the deer(s), then park your truck right in
front of the deer(s) in the driveway and say you hit it, broke it's leg
and had to shoot it to put it out of it's misery. And you forgot the
number to 911.
On Sun, 03 Apr 2005 14:51:09 +0000, Winston Smith wrote:
I have to deal with deer alot and very little works on a permanent basis.
Sprays wear off with time or rain and planting deer resistant plants will
only work so well also. The young deer will tast everything once it seems.
The one thing that I have found that works really well is a double fence.
It turns out deer have very bad eye sight and they can not tell
depth perception very well at all. If you were to put up a fence that was
3.5 feet tall and another fence that was 4 feet tall seperated by 3 or 4
feet, this would be rather effective. Granted that this is *not* deer
proof and that one or two deer will learn to jump it, but the other fourty
I've had people argue that deer can jump 12+ feet over a fence and this is
true, but for them to gage the distance of two fences with a space between
is very hard. I've seen up close and personal what the deer will do when
confronted with this type of fence. I've installed this fence on a clients
property of lummi island where the deer are thick and plenty. In three
years we've had about 3 deer a year on the property and most of them
climbed the cliff to get there. We have watched the deer attempt to jump
the fences and it's a bit humorous.
If a fence it not cost effective for you then your only other option is to
get a dog that listens well to you and like to chase deer 80)
Contact your neighbors and petition your local g'ment. Your local g'ment
made the laws restricting your use of fire arms without regard to
consequences. Hold your elected officials responsible. Make lotsa of noise.
As suggested by others get a dog.
A nearby friend erected an electric fence, at considerable expense in money
and labor, that works perfectly. Or use the plastic mesh that discourages
deer from nibbling on your shrubs.
Personnally, I am considering a dog as the most effective way to keep deer
outa my yard.
On Sun, 03 Apr 2005 17:53:18 -0400, Chas Hurst wrote:
In fear of sounding like some tree huggin' liberal, that's just crazy
talk. There are reasons that local goverments have discharge laws inside
the city limits. High powered rifels can be very dangerous in the wrong or
inexperienced hands. Almost all counties in the usa have discharge laws
also. No fired bullets can cross a road for instance. So have you taken
your own advice and repealed your city's hunting/discharge laws...?
I haven't advised to repeal any laws. Nor have I suggested the use of
firearms to control deer.
Please re-read my post or take a remedial course in reading comprehension.
You actually sound more like a jerk than a tree hugger.
Then what did you mean by, "Contact your neighbors and petition your
local g'ment. Your local g'mentmade the laws restricting your use of
fire arms without regard to consequences. Hold your elected officials
What was he supposed to petition them to do?
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