Keeping Bambi at bay
Red peppers, garlic and eggs... Items that are regularly used in the kitchen can also be employed in the great outdoors, to try to keep deer from consuming your trees and plants.
When it comes to keeping Bambi at bay, there are as many solutions are there are people.
A reader submitted this recipe to dissuade deer. 3 raw eggs 3 tbsp. of red hot sauce 3 tbsp. of garlic juice or minced Add enough water to a blender to process and mix well. Add this to a gallon of water and spray on plants.
There are several variations of this mix.
Many of the most potent involve hot peppers and garlic. Scare Deer Repellent 1 yard of old sheeting, cotton, or muslin 1/4 cup bloodmeal 1 cup of hair clippings Cut the fabric into small fourinch squares. Mix the bloodmeal and hair together and place about a tablespoon onto the cen- tre of each square. Bring up the ends and secure with a string or rubber band. Hang these little packets from the branches of the trees and shrubs.
Also on the market are various forms of electronic noise-emitting devices.
You could try growing deerresistant plants.
The trouble is that the animals will eat almost anything if they get hungry enough.
Deer repellents have limited success.
There are two types. Area repellents are applied on or near plants and repel by smell.
More effective are the contact repellents, which are applied directly onto plants.
All repellents should be applied early in the season before deer get into the habit of visiting your yard.
Remember that most of these concoctions must be reapplied throughout the growing season.
Can we all live together?
On the other hand, resistance may be futile.
Most gardeners resign themselves to sharing with fauna. Fencing works, in most cases. Another approach is to sacrifice some growth, which acts as a decoy while the rest of the untouched garden flourishes.
CONSTANT HAZARD: Area motorists are constantly faced with four-legged hazards. But the movements of wildlife, such as deer, are hard to predict. There are several ways to try to dissuade the cute animals from destroying your garden.
PERENNIAL FAVOURITES: Gardeners have a wide choice of plants to choose from, whether they are starting new plots or expanding existing growth. Lupins are a colourful favourite. Once established, the plants will continue to spread.