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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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
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
North America, and in particular the United States, is populated by two main species of deer:
- Whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus)
- 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
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
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