Blog post: mesquite:Texas: Deers in hill country and my Rose of Sharons

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Name: Mary Hughes
Hill Country New Braunfels (Zone 9a)
Life long Reg.Nurse
Jul 23, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Hello, thank you for responding. I just about gave up. I've grown many rose of sharon when we lived in New Braunfels town. Now we moved into the Hill Country where there are lots of deer. My husband loves them and I like the fawns. Any way does anyone know if deer eat, or nibble on the branches or the leaves?

If they do I guess I'll plant them in our fenced yard. We have a large front yard with no fence. Last of all are there any successful treatments for the deer eating plants? I see alot of advertisements but I don't know if any work. Anyway thanks alot. Mary H.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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Sep 18, 2016 2:51 PM CST
I have a Rose of Sharon, but it's in my fenced yard, so don't know if the deer like it. I've put up cages with fencing around a few plants outside the fence. More because of the wild hogs than the deer, but would help with the deer also as long as the cage is large enough and tall enough to deter nibbling on the foliage. To be on the safe side, only plant things the deer don't usually like to eat outside your fence. The deer went after some wild four o'clocks this now I know that is deer candy. It's been a bad year for wildlife damage because this year and last year had rainy seasons and the wildlife produced more young.
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