Homemade Deer Repellent Recipes

Deer are one of the most graceful creatures to watch.  Their long spindly legs and large dark eyes make them appear almost enchanted.  Their whimsical appearance aside, deer can be on of the most destructive creatures to your yard and garden.  Keeping deer out of your space can be very important to preserving your hard outdoor work.  Below are two homemade deer repellent recipes that may help get deer out of your yard. Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Trees in the Winter

winter-lawn-careIt’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.

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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

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What do Deer do All Winter?

What do deer do all winter?

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.

Migrate

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

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5 Gardening Activities for Beating the Winter Blues

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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

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The Damage Deer Do in Winter

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

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3 Signs that Deer are Invading Your Lawn

3 Signs that Deer are Invading Your Lawn

Deer Tracks Mean Deer Have Moved In

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

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Deer Repellent Packs – Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Top 5 Hazards of Deer in Your Yard

Deer Can Be Dangerous

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.

Crushing Plants

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

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Summer Time Deer Protection Tips

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

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Top 3 Homemade Deer Repellent Tricks

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.

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