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Deer

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Question: 99-5201
What plants are deer resistant? We have tried all kinds of sprays without success. Kathy, Old Lyme, CT

Mort's Answer:
Deer will eat almost anything, if the snow cover limits their hunger. Broad leaved evergreens (Azalea, Rhododendron, Mountain laurel) are poisonous but deer will sometimes chew them as well. Plants with thorns like Pyracantha and barberry are usually the last to be eaten. Conifers and other evergreens can survive the nibbles of the deer animals. These tasting of evergreens can amount to a mere pruning of the branches. Destruction of the plant occurs, when the eating girdles the bark on the trunk. When the bark can no longer cover the fibrovascular tubes to the leaves, the tree or shrub will die from a lack of nutrient and water. Refrain from planting trees and shrubs that have bark that is easily accessed by the deer or rabbits.

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Question: 433-3410
How can I keep deer away from my tulips. Joanna, Charlesviox, MI

Mort's Answer:
Apparently he scent of humans and coyotes is enough to dissuade deer from entering most gardens. Unfortunately, in heavy snow winters nothing will keep them away. Human hair with shampoo odor in a nylon stocking is enough to turn their heads. Barber shops will gladly let you take the hair off their hands. Farmers have been known to use pie plates on a pole to create a rattle. These aluminum plates also reflect moonlight to deter the deer. Some garden centers now carry a product made from coyote urine that will send the deer in another direction. Green nylon fencing quite often will work, if tall enough. It can be more expensive than other methods.

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Question: 867-5112
One year we had a severe winter with a lot of snow. The deer came in and ate all of our shrubs at the tops. The next year all the plants were fine. Cecile, New London, CT

Mort's Answer:
If deer are kept at a manageable level, gardeners can coexist. Deer do severe damage to some folk's gardens with constant revisiting from year to year. You were fortunate to have neighborhood and woodland areas to feed their need to survive. If we continue to have mild winters, more deer will dine in the woods. This will create more deer. Most people need to erect nylon fencing to protect those dear plants from disappearing.

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Question: 946-2213
Deer are eating my spring bulb plants in front of the foundation plantings. Is there anything that I can spray to keep them away? Aaron, Lewisburg, WV

Mort's Answer:
There are deer repellents that can be utilized. They often wash away after the rain. You need to reapply them frequently. A mechanical screen like a green nylon fence can be draped over the plants or erected around and over the foundation planting would work. Another method that was popular years ago is distraction. Pie plates on mop handles will reflect light at night from cars and the moon. You need only to be successful a few nights and they will chose another habit. Sounds that go off intermittently at night will also drive them to distraction.

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Question: 1147-3014
Deer are eating my bushes. What can I do? Zippo, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Apparently the scent of humans and coyotes is enough to dissuade deer from entering most gardens. Unfortunately in winters with heavy snow, nothing will keep them away. Human hair with shampoo odor in a nylon stocking is enough to turn their heads. Barber shops will gladly let you take the hair off their hands. Farmers have been known to use pie plates on a pole to create a rattle. These aluminum plates also reflect moonlight to deter the deer. Some garden centers now carry a product made from coyote urine that will send the deer in another direction. Green nylon fencing quite often will work, if tall enough. It can be more expensive than other methods. There are deer repellents that work but must be reapplied after the rain or snow.

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Question: 1188-4414
I have been pondering whether to buy an electronic deer repeller and was wondering if you have had any experience with them. What are your thoughts? Florence

Mort's Answer:
There are hundreds of repellers available for sale. Light and sound are excellent repellents. Some folks still use pie plates to reflect moonlight. Golf course operators and nurseries often use a recording of a shot gun that will go off randomly at night. I have not personally needed any device for my own gardens. Deer will eat anything when there is a prolonged snow cover. Mechanical devices like nylon green fences that come in rolls are 10 feet wide are effective on medium size lots. Some of the newer electronic devices are solar powered and range in price from $20.00 anywhere to over a $100.00. Some are very dear. People still use human hair in nylons hung on trees to emit human scent. My decision would be based on the size of my property and weighed by the variable of the likelihood of the deer coming to my property. Garlic with liquid soap sprays can be made at home. They need to be reapplied after the rain.

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Question: 205-5201
We have deer that are pushing away the snow to get at our ground phlox. Is there something that we can spray on them to keep them away? Marilyn, Lebanon, NH

Mort's Answer:
Wolf or Fox urine is available at feed and garden shops. You cab spray the plats in the fall before the snow cover and on the top of the snow. Their territorial instincts should keep them away. Another product that works well is the 10 foot high nylon green fence. This could be very dear over a large property.

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Question: 206-5201
Deer have been eating the buds of my Euonymous during the winter. Can you suggest a good repellent? David, Narragansett, RI

Mort's Answer:
Caster oil mixed with garlic and rotten eggs will deter any deer to the rear. Irregular sounds and lights at night will often frighten the deer creatures. There is a nylon green fence that can be easily erected to keep them away. Pie plates will often rattle and deflect light at night.

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