Trees and Shrubs forum: weeping willow

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Oxford , New Jersey
Jcweeder
May 5, 2017 7:45 PM CST
just planted a weeping willow about 1 month ago . about 12 feet tall . deer love it . its hard to keep repellant on the thin weeping branches . fencing just takes away the landscaping . anyone with ideas ?
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 5, 2017 10:41 PM CST
There are motion activated sprinklers (more like water cannons) that can be used to repel animals.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
May 7, 2017 1:32 PM CST
Hi @Jcweeder
Weeping willow grows quickly to a height of 60 ft., so it won't be long before the deer will be unable to reach the branches. I find the weeping willow is a little messy, as the wood is brittle, and bits fall off the tree every time the wind blows and large branches come off during storms. I do hope you have planted it a good distance from your house.
Oxford , New Jersey
Jcweeder
May 7, 2017 5:05 PM CST
Thanks for the information from porkpal and juneontario . We have considered motion detecter spray , but don't have one yet . We are aware of the weeping willow being messy but decided the beauty of the tree offsets the mess .It is a good distance from the house as you should see the tree by the middle concrete bench . Thanks to all who view and respond .


Oxford , New Jersey
Jcweeder
May 7, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Thanks for the information from porkpal and juneontario . We have considered motion detecter spray , but don't have one yet . We are aware of the weeping willow being messy but decided the beauty of the tree offsets the mess .It is a good distance from the house as you should see the tree by the middle concrete bench . Thanks to all who view and respond .



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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
May 7, 2017 7:49 PM CST
You have a lovely garden, @Jcweeder !

To deter the deer without using a fence, I'm thinking you could try encircling the willow tree with a low barrier of plants that deer do not like to eat, such as boxwood and shrubby potentilla. Alternatively, you could surround the tree with an area of loose cobble-stones or sharp-edged rocks that would make it uncomfortable for the deer to walk across.
Oxford , New Jersey
Jcweeder
May 8, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Thank you JuneOntario for the ideas . I will definitely consider planting something around it to deter them . I notice they don't eat Ajuga I have a bit of it . Do you think it would work . Heres a bit of my ajuga .
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
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JuneOntario
May 9, 2017 5:44 AM CST
That's a beautiful river of blue flowers, but I think Ajuga is too low-growing and soft to make an effective deer barrier. You need something that will either make the deer's footing unstable, or scratch its legs and nose, or smell unpleasant (to the deer) when bruised. A dense planting of a tall, hardy perennial sage, such as Salvia transsylvanica, might work.
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sooby
May 9, 2017 5:56 AM CST
If you want to try an inexpensive experiment, get four bamboo or other stakes and make a square around the tree, then string two rows of fishing line around them to make a temporary "fence" that is not very intrusive to your eyes. One strand should be at deer chest height. It should be far enough out from the tree that they would have to touch it to eat. Deer don't like the feel of something they can't see well. It worked here for a young apple tree and for a couple of other people I suggested it to for theirs. After a while, when the deer have got out of the habit of eating it, you can take it down. No guarantee it will work in your case but it doesn't cost much to try.

I would not do it if there are small kids in the house that could get tangled up in it though!
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crawgarden
May 9, 2017 12:59 PM CST
PlantSkydd seems to be very effective against deer, use the liquid type, make sure you are up wind when you apply it.
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Frillylily
May 12, 2017 5:03 PM CST
wireless deer fence
It is a stake that is baited and when the deer lick it, it shocks them, like an electric fence of sorts. you can move it around wherever you want it. Just runs on ordinary batteries, so far decent luck w them here.
Oxford , New Jersey
Jcweeder
May 12, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Thanks for all the ideas , from everyone .

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