Answer: How disappointing and frustrating! Unfortunately, that hollow sounds like the perfect spot for deer to shelter in the winter. Deer are creatures of habit and once they have adopted a "deer trail" will follow that route until physically prevented from doing so. To make matters more difficult, hungry deer seem to learn to eat just about everything including thorny bushes and prickly junipers so there is no "magic bullet" to offer you. Although some gardeners report some success with both home-remedies and commercial repellants, they must be applied and reapplied appropriately. In my experience (I live in rural deer country) the only sure remedy for deer damage is a fence. The black mesh screening is virtually invisible against a wooded background, as is a fence of individual strands of wire. Good luck with your plantings!
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