It’s easy to forget that the large trees in your yard might need protection in the winter seasons, but you should take care of them just as you would any other green perennial.
Protecting from Deer
One threat to your trees is local deer. They are hungry and will strip the bark off exposed trees if they get the chance. While it may not seem like major damage, it can kill a tree come spring. Burlap is fine but a determined deer may be able to chew through it or just get it pulled off. Plastic tree guards or wire mesh are a more reliable way to protect your tree trunks. These are also handy protections against any bark damage done by rabbits as well.
For smaller trees, just remember that these shields need to be removed when spring arrives or the tree won’t be able to grow outward properly. You can also trim back any lower branches to prevent deer from pulling on them to get at the edible buds and bark at the ends of the smaller twigs. Continue reading
What do deer do all winter?
It’s hard to say with complete accuracy what any animal is doing at a certain time, but we have learned a few things about deer behavior and movements that give us an idea about deer in the winter.
Actually, deer don’t generally migrate, though it depends on the region and the specific species of deer. If we’re talking about the common whitetail, then most don’t migrate. There have been recorded exceptions, usually in northern areas where the conditions are very extreme during the winter months. Continue reading
It Won’t Be Long Before Gardening Season Arrives
For someone who loves being outdoors and spending time in the yard and garden, winter can be a boring season. No plants are growing and you have to wait for months before you can get back into the soil again. Here are 5 activities you can enjoy while waiting for the next gardening season:
1 Plan for Next Year
This can be the big activity that keeps die-hard gardeners happy until spring: organizing and making garden plans for next year. Rough sketches and drawings can help you visualize new garden plots or new landscaping ideas, and you can spend time researching some new plants to try. Seed companies send out the catalogs in the winter so you can browse and daydream about seeds before spring. Continue reading
The Damage Deer Do in Winter
Winter has enough of its own challenges, with snow, ice, and cold temperatures to deal with for months at a time. Unfortunately, you also have to contend with any outdoor damage done by deer during this difficult season. Just because your luscious green lawn or vegetable garden is no longer available, that doesn’t mean the deer will leave your property alone. Deer can cause damage year round. Continue reading
3 Signs that Deer are Invading Your Lawn
Deer Tracks Mean Deer Have Moved In
Plants are getting eaten or damaged, and you want to take steps to protect your yard, but you’ll need to know what’s going on first. Look for these 3 main signs to be sure that it’s deer you have to contend with. Continue reading
Deer Repellent Packs Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long do Deer Repellent Packs Remain Effective?
A: Deer Repellent Packs can remain effective for up to 90 days! The packs are weather proof and work through all kinds of weather.
Q: Will Deer Repellent Packs Drive My Dog or Cat Away?
A: No – The packs are design to work specifically for deer and affect their very specialized sense of smell. The scent means “Danger” to deer, but should have no affect at all on your dog or cat. Continue reading
Deer Can Be Dangerous
Having deer in your yard can be a problem for many reasons. Sure they can be a lovely sight to see when you look out the window but they can create a multitude of problems once they start visiting your property.
Deer are pretty big animals and they will walk wherever they feel like when they are roaming around your yard. Tender plants or garden beds can be churned up by hooves, and sometimes that can be more damaging than when they eat your plants. Continue reading
The heat of summer is in full swing, and a new season of yard maintenance is at hand. That also means you might need some new deer repellent strategies as the weather starts to change. Even deer behavior itself can change in the summers, meaning new approaches might be needed to protect your yard and plants. Continue reading
Bright Color and Noise to Scare Deer Away
Deer are timid by nature and can be easily startled. A few strategically placed items can create an unpredictable environment that may scare off the deer. Shiny foil pie plates can be hung from trees or from poles, and the sound of them knocking around and the shiny surface can do the trick. Fabric streamers can be visually startling but they do lack the noisy element that the foil has.
Wind chimes can also do the trick though their sounds are less jarring, and they lack the distracting visual element that flapping pie plates have.
Tell-tale Signs that Deer Have Been in Your Yard
When you start to see damage to your precious plants, shrubs and trees, it can be easy to immediately panic. If you want to effectively protect your property from animal invaders, you need to make sure you know who the culprits are before you take any further steps. Think you have deer in your yard? If you haven’t actually seen any, these are the signs you should watch for. Continue reading