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Jul 14, 2011 6:16 PM CST
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
A place to discuss any pest problems you might have

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Jul 15, 2011 5:15 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Region: United States of America Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Ideas: Level 1
I have to tell you, I discovered the most wonderful device in the world this year. The garden scarecrow. I was having wild turkeys and birds steal my raspberries, and rabbits eating my irises and lilies, and last year I had purchased the garden scarecrow on sale, so I tried it this year. You hook it up to a water hose, and when it detects motion it sprays in a large arc. Well, it didn't take long for the birds and the rabbits to get the picture. I move it around and turn it on every few nights, and it has been amazing.

It works with a battery, and just hook it up to a hose. It's not cheap, but no chemicals. I just love it.
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Jul 15, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
I always saw it.. and wondered if it worked.. thanks!!... Randy's mom Michele gave me a solar.. sonic critter chaser.. but supposed to scare off stray dogs as well.. when I walked one of the dogs behind it.. no reaction .. don't think so Thumbs down thank goodness she didn't pay for it
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Jul 15, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Region: United States of America Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Ideas: Level 1
The scarecrow worked amazingly well. Especially when the water was either nice and warm, or really cold. We saw it spray a few birds, and it wasn't strong enough to hurt them.
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Jul 15, 2011 9:14 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
We have a watering ban on. Would that mess it up?
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Jul 16, 2011 3:33 AM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
no water no workie
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Jul 16, 2011 10:35 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Region: United States of America Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Ideas: Level 1
It only sprays when it sees something move, so it wouldn't be often. And after the first few sprays the critters seem to know not to go there. But, yes, it needs water to work.
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Jul 16, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Huron, OH
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Irises Region: Ohio
It may be ok with the ban as it only works when it 'sees' movement
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Jul 16, 2011 9:31 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
does it work at night?
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Jul 16, 2011 10:18 PM CST
N. Middlesex County, MA
Charter ATP Member Region: Northeast US Enjoys or suffers cold winters
it will if it has a costume like your picture Smiling
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Jul 17, 2011 3:59 AM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
aaawww picking on poor gossamer
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Jul 17, 2011 8:10 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Region: United States of America Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Ideas: Level 1
It works whenever you have it turned on. There's a control for turning it on and off. I turn mine off during the day lately, so the hot water from the hose won't burn the raspberries.

I gotta tell you, I am so happy with it. Obviously it doesn't work on bugs, but for the two and four legged pests it's just amazing. I used to spray those stinky sprays for rabbits that were eating my lilies, no more. So, I know it's going to save money in the long run.

Please know I have no stake in this company, LOL. I sound like an advertisement.
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Jul 17, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
hey if it works it works.. you should spread the word.. Randy has a plan for the hose in back.. so we might give it a try
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Jul 20, 2011 1:45 PM CST
N. Middlesex County, MA
Charter ATP Member Region: Northeast US Enjoys or suffers cold winters
i have a plan for a rabbit eating our carrot tops - havahart

glad the hose is working out polly
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Jul 20, 2011 5:05 PM CST
Plants Admin Emeritus
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Aroids Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Vermiculture
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Sounds like a great product Polly. Other than Liatris and some Tulips the cottontails seem to like the weeds more than anything. The chipmunks however are another story entirely. Holes in the lawn by the little ones I don't mind, but they've gotten into way too many beds that are finally starting to look acceptable. Downeast grown fox pee works for too short a time so I've reverted to old school. Not a happy solution but they were way too persistent.

My biggest problem now is mites I think. Little red buggers, "spider" webs and curled leaves (one the perennials), dead growth on the conifers. Many of the Mugo, Alberta Spruce and Viburnum have taken a beating. I've sprayed as much as I could with a systemic but I think they're present in just too many places. Anyone have any ideas?
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Jul 20, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
I am not good with those things.. sorry.. Bill???
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Jul 20, 2011 5:26 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Region: United States of America Irises Lilies
Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Ideas: Level 1
Evan, my inspector was here recently and said to use a systemic in the fall on the conifers. He suggested the Bayer tree and shrub drench to drench the ground below the conifers. have you used that? I will use it this fall. I have two blue spruce, in a row of blue spruce that are about 5' tall that are dying on the top. Kinda makes me sick to see it. They were in such perfect sync with each other.
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Jul 20, 2011 5:44 PM CST
Plants Admin Emeritus
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Aroids Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Vermiculture
Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Composter Plant Identifier
I've been using a foliar spray Polly. The root drench sounds like a great idea. I'll spray the foliage one more time to keep them in check, but maybe the drench will take care of the problem for keeps. Plus I won't have to move anymore bir...., oops, I don't think I'm supposed to say that. The spray is nasty stuff and I hate using it, but I hate loosing these old shrubs as well. The Alberta Spruce is about 10' high and the Mugo range from 7-12' wide. As to the Viburnum they are in a sad state and this is year 3 in trying to revitalize them.
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Jul 20, 2011 5:47 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
thanks Polly!!!
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Jul 20, 2011 5:54 PM CST
Plants Admin Emeritus
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Aroids Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Vermiculture
Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Composter Plant Identifier
Allison, I forgot to mention that the hummers have a nest in one of these shrubs and I haven't touched that one. And the two beds where their flowers are, are also un-sprayed.

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