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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 14, 2011 6:16 PM CST

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A place to discuss any pest problems you might have

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 15, 2011 5:15 PM CST
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.
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 15, 2011 5:56 PM CST

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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
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
Jul 15, 2011 6:06 PM CST
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.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 15, 2011 9:14 PM CST
We have a watering ban on. Would that mess it up?
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 16, 2011 3:33 AM CST

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no water no workie
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 16, 2011 10:35 AM CST
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.
Name: Lucy
Huron, OH
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Jumper2
Jul 16, 2011 7:09 PM CST
It may be ok with the ban as it only works when it 'sees' movement
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 16, 2011 9:31 PM CST

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does it work at night?
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wha
Jul 16, 2011 10:18 PM CST
it will if it has a costume like your picture :)
Bill
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 17, 2011 3:59 AM CST

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aaawww picking on poor gossamer
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 17, 2011 8:10 AM CST
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.
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 17, 2011 6:35 PM CST

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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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wha
Jul 20, 2011 1:45 PM CST
i have a plan for a rabbit eating our carrot tops - havahart

glad the hose is working out polly
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 20, 2011 5:05 PM CST

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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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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 20, 2011 5:19 PM CST

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I am not good with those things.. sorry.. Bill???
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 20, 2011 5:26 PM CST
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.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 20, 2011 5:44 PM CST

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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.
Evan
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 20, 2011 5:47 PM CST

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thanks Polly!!!
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 20, 2011 5:54 PM CST

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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.
Evan

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