A friend recommended a spray, something like "Deer Away", but not "Deer
Off". It seemed to work at the end of last year but it certainly had
warn off a few days ago. There were 8 deer in the back yard and one
was chowing down on an expensive rhododendron.
This morning brought a dozen wild turkeys. The males were fanning
their tails and I think the females were smiling. At least they don't
seem to eat anything.
I returned from a vacation to find much of a recently planted flower bed
strewn across the lawn by scratching turkeys.
A friend shoots a few every year in his backyard. They're not as
destructive as as deer and much easier to dress out.
Talking of lion shit.....Last year I had good success by throwing a few
hundred pounds of Milorganite - www.milorganite.com - around the
perimeter of the cultivated area of my property (this means throwing the
stuff into the woods just off my lawns, flower beds, shrubs, trees,
etc.). Milorganite is made from human sewage sludge in Milwaukee (not
sure if from other places too now, but that's where it was invented).
It's dried, pelletized, and easy to use. Carried at lots of places,
including Home Depot.
Apparently, the deer don't like the smell of human waste (nor do I but
it has very little odor I can detect) and they stay away. It certainly
has worked for me and I know for others. My day and asiatic lillies, as
well as the tulips and daffs before them, bloomed as they were supposed
to rather than being eaten (every last one of them!) just as they were
about to flower the year before.
And it isn't because the deer have gone away - I know they're still
around here because I sometimes see them in the evenings.
I do hope it wasn't a fluke -- I'll be spreading again in the next few
Jon (Southern NH)
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