Daylilies forum: What works to deter deer?

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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 8a)
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Lalambchop1
Jun 24, 2015 7:04 AM CST
My poor neighbor just bought her first daylily and the deer ate her buds within two days despite her spraying with liquid fence every day.
Leslie

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Hemlady
Jun 24, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Oh boy, not good. I tried Deer Be Gone, apply once a month. I can only hope for the best. The neighbor said they eat most anything, even her iris which are supposed to be deer resistant.
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Name: Char
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Char
Jun 25, 2015 5:48 AM CST

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I just read on our town email list what one person has tried and had success (so far) with keeping the deer out of her garden. So at the risk of making us sound a bit silly up here (Vermonters can be so creative when faced with a problem and the nearest store is 40 miles round trip! ) this is what she has tried...

Using those long foam "noodles" kids play with in the swimming pool, cut some long sticks to use as posts and thread them about half way up into the noodle. Then "plant" them so the noodle flops and wiggles in the breeze...if nothing else they will give your neighbors something to talk about Smiling
Name: Karen
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Cookies4kids
Jun 25, 2015 6:25 AM CST
I am reading all this with great interest, but the bottom line seems to be that the deer might be held at bay for a little while, but they wise up fast. It is such a crushing feeling to see the buds of any plants eaten, or the stalks just snipped off and laying on the ground. At that point it's open season on deer and rabbits and I don't feel one speck of empathy for eitherq, Grrrrrrrr.

This method works the best for us, and believe me, we have tried them all. You need a collection of tin pie plates, good strong cord, and those green coated garden posts. I watch at flea markets and garage sales for the real tin pans like Bakers Square sells pies in. They don't tear through like cheap foil pans do, but if that's all you have, use them!! Make a hole on the edge of the pan and tie the cord through there, and then attach to the top of the green stake leaving 18-24 inches of cord between the pan and the top of the stake. Stick the pole in the ground, and the slightest breeze will cause the pan to hit against the stake . Our gardens are far enough away, so the noise isn't a problem, but it's not that loud anyway. The flash of light that is caused by the sun reflecting off the pans, is in itself a deterrent during the day. So far it works pretty well for us, but I suppose they will figure that out too, lol.
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Name: Margaret Moore
West St. Paul, MN (Zone 4a)
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cataddict
Jun 25, 2015 8:45 AM CST
I've had good luck with Liquid Fence, when used as directed. Also, deer seem to like hostas better than daylilies.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 25, 2015 9:06 AM CST
I've hung strings of computer discs in my mango tree to deter the critters. They are highly reflective, and cheaper than pie pans. Move around lots in the breeze.
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I also have a motion detector sprinkler that works wonderfully, but you must place it somewhere that the leaf motion with the wind doesn't trigger it every few seconds, or you'll use a lot of water scaring off your deer. It's great for an open area as you can aim it high enough so it will 'see' deer but not leaf movement. But if there are trees or taller plants within it's range it's not going to work. It also works at night, but I can't use it against my raccoon visitors because then the cat gets sprayed and comes in pretty mad.

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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 8a)
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Lalambchop1
Jun 25, 2015 10:29 AM CST
Good ideas! Thank You! I'm going to try pie plates and discs.

Elaine, what is the range on your motion detected sprinklers?
Leslie

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 25, 2015 11:01 AM CST
I think it's around 50ft. Leslie. I have to be careful where it's aimed when I set it out in the front yard because the cars going by can set it off and they're at least that far away.

They're available on Amazon. I've had mine for at least 12 years and it still works perfectly as long as I refresh the batteries.
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Name: Karen
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Cookies4kids
Jun 25, 2015 4:13 PM CST
I probably wasn't clear enough on the pie pans, but you want them tall enough so the slightest breeze makes them bump against the pole. This has worked for us in the veggie garden for some time now. Good luck!!!
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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jun 25, 2015 4:38 PM CST
Karen, I will try that and then also look into the motion sprinklers. What a neat idea!! Thanks for all that have posted. It is very frustrating to have deer damage. Maybe together we can find things that will help us out.

Teresa
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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 8a)
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Lalambchop1
Jun 26, 2015 12:32 PM CST
I'm giggling here thinking about what the area around my beds will look like with hanging nets of Irish Spring, pie pans, CD's and the sprinklers going. With my luck the deer will use the soap to wash and the sprinklers to rinse. Grumbling
Leslie

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Claudia
Jun 26, 2015 2:06 PM CST
I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Okay I am getting desperate. Now the doe that visits is often over in the neighbors yard anywhere between 8-9 pm on 3-4 night a week. I go out there to my fence and talk to her asking to please leave what few lilies I have left to bloom and to PLEASE do not start on my daylilies. I am out there trying to reason with this animal. Blinking Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jun 26, 2015 2:12 PM CST
She gets hungry and she will not care. Then munch, munch, munch on your flowers.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jun 26, 2015 2:36 PM CST
They must be very tasty. I wonder if you gave them a choice of shelled corn, if they would still eat the buds?

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Claudia
Jun 26, 2015 5:28 PM CST
I don't know. Of course there would be guarantee that they would get the corn with all the critters around here.
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