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.

Fortunately, not all is lost in the struggle to protect landscaping and gardens from deer.  There remain several methods of keeping deer away and eliminating the damage that they can cause.  Among the most effective methods for repelling deer are:

  1. Mechanical Deer Scare Devices – These devices range from sound emitting devices to those that spray water in the direction of an encroaching deer.  Many are sensor activated and will spring into action only when a deer crosses into their line of sight.  The more sophisticated devices are solar powered and can be used season after season without much maintenance.
  2. Deer Proof Fences – Not just any fence will keep a deer from finding its way into a good feeding area.  Deer can jump over 6 feet in the air to leap over a fence and if pressured by hunger, deer are not afraid to push through a non-reinforced barrier.  Utilizing a fence that is each electrified and at least 10 feet tall is the surest way to prevent deer intrusion.
  3. Deer Repellent Packs – Though deer have grown less timid toward humans they remain highly sensitive to their natural predators.  A deer’s greatest defensive weapon is its sharp sense of smell.  If deer detect the scent of a predator in their area they are likely to move on and avoid that area in the future.  Deer Repellent Packs utilize deer’s natural fear of predators by infusing 100% natural granules with coyote urine and sealing it in weather-proof packs for easy use.  Hanging the packs around the area in need of protection results in the deer sensing the presence of a coyote in the area and not coming near.

Though autumn can be the season during which deer are most destructive to landscaping and gardens, homeowners do have options to effectively protect their property.  Using a combination of devices, fences and Deer Repellent Packs, it is possible to keep deer out and keep ornamental and crop plants safe.

 

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Deer Can Be Funny – These Videos Prove It!

We all know that deer are beautiful and graceful creatures.  Young deer are cute and almost cuddly looking.  Even so, deer can often be a terrible nuisance when invading our landscaping, yard and/or gardens.   Additionally, the combination of a deer and our motor vehicle is down right dangerous.  Of all the characteristics deer can display, on not often thought of is the capacity to be funny.  The Continue reading

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3 Interesting Facts About Deer

1) The Deer Family Includes 47 Different Species

Tiny Southern Padu Deer

In your neighborhood in the United States, it is likely that when you think of “Deer” you envision White Tail Deer as they are the most prominent species.  You may be interested to know that the Deer family includes 47 different species that include Elk, Caribou, Wapiti, and Moose.  Each species of deer display different physical characteristic, however, each species has cloven hooves. Continue reading

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Deer Species of the United States

North America, and in particular the United States, is populated by two main species of deer:

  1. Whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus)
  2. Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

According to an article on Mother Earth News, there is a third type of deer called Pacific coastal (or Columbia) blacktail (O. h. columbianus), however, they are are a regional variation of the species Mule deer. Continue reading

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3 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

It is Spring and deer are on the move.  Hungry from a winter of not enough to eat, deer utilize Spring’s abundance to replenish their nutrition and gain strength.  That means that your yard and newly planted garden can be their target.  Here are 3 ways that you can keep deer out of your yard and stop deer from ruining your garden.

1. Don’t Grow the Plants that Deer Like Most

English ivy, lettuces, beans, peas, hostas, impatients, pansies as well as fruit trees mean attractive high protein meals to deer.  Those plants are not only likely to be eaten by deer than meander into your space, they may even attract deer.  If it is important to you to grow the deer-attracting plants, place them close to your house where you can observe them and where deer are less likely to feel comfortable foraging. Continue reading

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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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