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Question by drlynda6
December 9, 2010
I planted a knockout rose bush in August and it looks like something has eaten half of it. I don't think we have deer, how can I protect my bus?

Answer from NGA
December 9, 2010
Deer are the most likely culprits, especially if half the shrub is gone. About the only way to protect what's left of your rose bush is to protect it with a physical barrier. You can make a cylinder out of chicken wire or hardware cloth to place over your rose. Make the cylinder large enough that it is not touching the branches of the shrub. Be sure to secure a top to the cylinder to keep the deer from reaching down inside and nibbling on the top of the shrub. You can remove the cylinder in the spring. Hope this helps save your rose bush!

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