Garden and Lawn Plants that Resist Deer Damage

Deer Do Not Prefer Tomatoes and other Nighshade Plants

Though deer are notorious foragers and can wreak havoc on a vegetable garden if they are hungry in your yard, there are a few plants they definitely will ignore. Whether it’s the taste or the smell, some vegetables are not very appealing to deer. It’s not perfectly fool-proof as a starving deer will eat just about anything when they have to, these are plants known to be left alone by casual deer browsing. Dealing with deer? Try these plants to stay on the safe side.

Onions

Due to their pungent taste and aroma, deer are seldom seen nibbling on onion tops. And that includes close relations in the same allium family. So adding more onions, chives, garlic and leeks can make deer think twice about venturing into your garden. Roses grow well as a companion to garlic, so you can protect your roses at the same time with a few garlic plants tucked in the flower bed.

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Summer Deer Behavior and the Damage it Can Cause

Summer Time Can Mean Deer Damage to Your Lawn and Garden

Living near wooded areas can be lovely until wildlife comes visiting to cause damage to your yard or garden. In particular, deer can be a real nuisance. While they are a problem any time of year, there are some aspects of deer behavior that are unique to the summer season. Here is what to look out for when the weather gets warmer.

Changes in Feeding Habits

As with most animal pests, it’s the eating that does the most damage. And considering how large deer are, they can eat a lot once they get a taste for the plants in your yard. Not only will they eat grass, flowers, vegetables and many other bedding plants you have in the garden, they will also browse on shrubs and low tree branches too. Unlike during the winter, they aren’t as likely to start gnawing the bark off the trees during the summer months. Continue reading

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Review of Mechanical Deer Repellent Devices

Deer in Yard

Deer In Yard

Though chemical and scented products are known to be excellent deer repellents, there are also a few mechanical devices on the market that are pretty good at keeping deer at bay. Though there are many different types on the market, there are 3 common styles overall.

Sprinkler Systems

This is a potent method for scaring off the deer, using a sudden spray of water to scare them off when they enter your property. Spray Away is one particular model, and it pairs a lawn sprinkler with motion and heat sensors. An unexpected spray of cold water is an excellent way to spook the deer.

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Creating a Deer Proof Yard for this Spring

Keep Deer Out Of Your Yard This Spring

Winter is soon coming to an end, and that means the new growth of spring is around the corner. And with all that new green, you can expect deer won’t be far behind. Here are a few thoughts on how to deer-proof your property this year, and a few ideas that probably aren’t going to be successful.

Thinking of Trying a Fence to Keep Deer Out?

First of all, don’t bother with a normal fencing. People often think that a good fence is a solution to animal pests, but unless you have the resources to build a 12-foot high fence completely around your yard, your efforts may be futile. Deer can and will hop over barriers lower than that without hesitation. They can probably get over a fence as high as 15 feet if they are determined. Using a double fence line about 6 feet apart can help because deer can’t jump them both and won’t want to be trapped between them. This means a substantial construction project though, and not really worth the effort.

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Winter Time Care for Your Yard

Winter Lawn Care

Though most gardening chores are put on the back-burner during the winter months, there are some things you can be doing to ensure a healthy spring for your lawn and garden.

Look for Pests
Plant-eating animals that are scrounging for food during the winter are a significant problem for the yard. Keep an eye out for deer (see our article Signs that Deer Are On Your Property)  or rabbit tracks that will alert you that animals are around. They’ll dig or paw through the snow to eat any grass or perennials they can find, leaving you with dead plants come spring. Add a few repellent packs designed for rabbits, squirrels or deer to help with this. They will work just fine, even in winter weather.

Be aware that voles are very damaging to your yard, and are usually invisible as they tunnel around under the snow. So even if you don’t see any signs, having repellent around the yard can still be a good preventative step.

Ice and Snow Accumulation
A layer of snow is just fine for your grass. In fact, it’s insulating and will actually protect your turf from extreme temperature changes and damage from animals. But you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to larger plants and trees.

A heavy snow or ice load can snap off branches on trees, shrubs or any larger plants that you have overwintering. Giving your plants a hard shake is not the answer either, or you will do even more damage. Very gently brush off excess snow where you can. Continue reading

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Signs that Deer Are On Your Property

Deer In Yard

Deer In Yard

Seeing a deer can be a lovely experience, though they can also be a serious nuisance in the yard. The problem is that you can have a persistent deer problem without ever actually seeing a deer. The trick is to learn the signs that deer have been on your property, even when you don’t see the animals themselves. There are a few main things to look for.

 

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The Impact of Reproductive Seasonality Cycle for Deer on Humans

Buck During Rut

The reproductive cycle of deer follows a general pattern.  That pattern can be affected by several factors including seasonal changes in temperature, rainfall, and day length.  The unique behaviors displayed by deer during different periods of the cycle can affect how deer impact your lawn and garden.

Seasonality for Male Deer or Bucks

The season when male deer breed is called the “rut”.  The rut, for most bucks, takes place in October.  Some bucks, however, experience the rut as late as December.  The later rut is most often experienced by younger and weaker deer. There are several behaviors associated with the rut, they include:

  • velvet is shed from the antlers
  • sparring among bucks
  • “rubbing” – a buck rubbing his antlers and forehead on a shrub or small tree
  • “making scrapes” –  a buck pawing a spot of ground, usually to bare soil, and urinating in that soil.

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What do Deer Eat During the Winter?

What do deer eat in winter?

The winter season can be a challenging time for whitetail deer.  The nutrient-rich foliage and live plant food that they eat during the warm growing seasons is no longer available.  Because of that deer lose a relatively large amount of their body weight over the winter.

During the winter, to replace the nutrient-rich and growing food of the warmer months, deer turn to eating twigs from woody plants and trees including ash, hemlock, aspen, maple, hazelwood and red osier dogwood.  They will also eat tree bark, fallen leafs, and needles from evergreen trees.  If their territory is near human agricultural land, deer may find refuse corn, soybean or other plants to eat.  Interestingly, it is reported that deer prefer to eat refuse food stock from the ground and do not like to pluck from the stalks that are standing. Continue reading

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Lyme Disease on the Rise and Stevia Could Offer Cure

According to an article on Foxnews.com:

“Stevia, a common coffee sweetener, could be a possible cure for Lyme disease after tests conducted by a Connecticut professor and her students showed it was most effective in treating the tick-borne illness.

Professor Eva Sapi, chairwoman of University of New Haven’s Department of Biology and Environmental Science, and her students have been testing the liquid, whole-leaf stevia extract to treat Borrelia burgdorferi — the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to Fox 61. Stevia is usually consumed in a powdered form.

Compared to other antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin, the sugar substitute proved to be the most effective in preventing the bacteria. ” Continue reading

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Autumn Can Mean Deer Problems

Autumn Can Mean Deer Damage

To the deer hunter, the arrival of autumn means hunting season has arrived.  To a homeowner or a vegetable gardener, it means deer are hungry and may target their landscaping and crops as food sources.

During the autumn deer eat to put on weight for the lean winter months ahead when their food sources will be hard to find.  Vegetable crops and lush landscaping plants sometimes make easy to access and nutritionally rich targets for deer.  The possibility for deer damage grows each year that deer become less timid around humans and that their natural feeding areas are eliminated for human development.

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