|A Young Deer on the Edge of the Woods|
by Grandma Pearl
In the spring, the youngest tag along behind the adults in groups of 3 to 5 and more. Feeling frisky, they like to suddenly sprint from a dead stop, with stiff white tails held straight like flags bidding me farewell! Spring is when I most often see the young bucks with their newly-blossoming antlers covered in soft velvet.
I love deer, but I hate what they can do to a garden in no time flat! My favorite deterrent is a natural product that I spray on those plants that my deer find most delectable. The name is 'Deer Off' and it is manufactured by Havahart*. The ingredients are all natural, which is what I'm all about; and they include eggs, capsaicins and garlic. This particular deterrent works by not only smelling bad, but tasting bad as well. A similar product from the same company is Deer Away 5200.
Deer Off II can be applied a lot less often than other deer repellents I have tried. I usually reapply it after a heavy rain, but other than that, it lasts a long time. Because it tastes bad, rabbits and squirrels seem to steer clear of my treated flowers and shrubs as well, which is a definite plus.
Links to help manage deer in suburban gardens can be found at Cornell University's "Deer Defenses" website, and they include:
- Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance
- Deer-Resistant Landscape Nursery - Plant list.
- White-tailed Deer
- Managing White-tailed Deer in Suburban Environments
- Dr. Bridgen's List of Plants that Deer Do Not Like to Eat
- Deer Repellent List, including *Havahart deer repellent
|There's lots of greenery in the woods for this young deer to enjoy!|
by Grandma Pearl
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