All Things Gardening forum: Do you have deer problem?

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Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Jun 26, 2017 7:46 PM CST
We had all our gardens in the back yard. The whole front yard over 100 yards long from the house we allowed the deer to roam and feed as they wished. I have shrubs planted there they kept trimmed. A pair of burning bushes were really trees due to deer trimming.
then in 2015 it seemed like I was chasseing them out of the back yard garden a lot. What really made me mad was they ate plant sets I had set in my raised beds then went to eat dinner (Noon meal for country folks over age 50.) I went and bought a electric fence charger and the wire to surround the back yard gardens. Smeared a little peanut butter on the wire and problem solved.

Green Grin! Al
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 27, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Cute little fawn. We have deer in our back woods but they rarely rarely venture up near the house. I've always had a large dog of one sort or the other, which may be helpful. I do know the neighbor below us (with no dog) has the deer regularly bedding down quite close to their house and yard. I'm not a fan of electric fencing - we had it with livestock and I was forever zapping myself. Glad to be shed of it.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jun 28, 2017 6:38 PM CST
So far the deer have not been a problem.
They come into the yard during the lean times and eat what they can - Evening Primrose, Ironweed, Loquat leaves, Elderberry leaves, even tried eating the Magnolia leaves. They have not bothered any Iris or Daylily yet. I keep a fresh water source available and hope they just take a drink and keep moving.

This time of year they have more plentiful food sources elsewhere so they are not a problem. I've seen as many as 7 or 9 of them in the back but they seem to just be passing through.
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pepper23
Jun 28, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Deer pass through my yard but I have never seen them eat any of my plants or have I seen deer damage. Even the rabbits tend to leave my stuff alone and feast on all the clover that abounds in the yard and other areas. Plus all the other weeds we have growing. Hilarious!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jun 28, 2017 11:55 PM CST
The "Vishus Deer" are really a problem here. After 28 years of no problems, they suddenly discovered my fancy hostas last year and ate most right to the stalks. They didn't bother the really large crinkly-leaved ones, so I moved the fancy ones to the back yard (fenced in and where no deer has gone yet) and divided the ones they hadn't eaten and spread them around.

Then they ate those!

Meanwhile, I have been spreading around the plants they don't seem to like (Bishops Weed, Japanese Painted Ferns, Astilbes).

But I want my front yard hostas back! I have considered a cover of chicken wire, water-sprinklers, and flashy lights. Repellents won't work here because it drizzles briefly too often.

But I have an idea... The motion detector lights over the front steps react to the deer. I saw them come on last night and saw a deer standing next to the hosta bed at 11 pm. I banged on the garage door and it ran like hell. But I'm not usually up at 11 pm.

So I wonder about something connecting the motion detector lights to a signal inside the house at my bed. With a remote there I could hit that would trigger flashy-lights and/or a noisemaker in the front yard to scare them off.

I don't have the technical skills to connect all that, but I bet some alarm company does. I think I'll do some internet searches tomorrow.

Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Jun 29, 2017 3:36 AM CST
You spend a bunch of money on a system that makes noise and flashes a bunch of lights and the deer soon get use to it and keep on eating.

May a year we will have about a heard of 20 roaming in the area and in the yard grazing. City people next door shoot a lot of does every deer season and will reduce the heard to about 8 till fawns arrive.

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Fawns don't bother the plants so much at first.

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They really like our burning bushes, and even the one in the front door garden.

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Green Grin! Al
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Jun 29, 2017 6:07 AM CST
Thats why the surprise has to change every few days. Lights a few nights, sprinkler a few, noises a few. I'm thinking of a multi-annoyance system.
Name: greene
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greene
Jun 29, 2017 11:52 AM CST
I decided to live in 'the country' and I accept whatever comes with that decision. It was I who I moved into the backyard of the deer - not they into mine. I hope we can coexist and I will try to plant things they like to eat...way in the back of the property so they will not need to come closer to the house to eat the 'desirable' plants.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 29, 2017 12:06 PM CST
That strategy has worked well for me for over 35 years. We have a woodlot behind us that is full of deer, coyote, raccoons, and many small mammals. We haven't run any livestock for 10 years or longer, so the woods has reverted to mostly native growth (plus some invasives). I rarely get any unwelcome visitors into my cultivated gardens, and rarely even see any of my wild neighbors. I do hear the coyotes at night and rather like their song. I've also lost a hen now and again, but that's how it goes.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: greene
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greene
Jun 29, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Deer...I don't mind. Cayotes would totally creep me out. Just sayin'. Whistling
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Bonehead
Jun 29, 2017 4:32 PM CST
I've always had a soft spot for coyotes. I love their song, they serve a good purpose, and remind me of rather scrawny dogs. We humans have totally encroached on their territory, yet they continue to thrive. I've gotta admire that. Trivia - do you pronounce it ky-yote or ky-yotey? I vacillate between the two, but mostly go with ky-yotey, as in Wile E.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 29, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Not ever having seen one outside of a zoo enclosure, I go with the Wile E. pronunciation which is also the Spanish pronunciation.
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Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Jun 30, 2017 6:44 AM CST
I belong to a group who hunt coyotes who are a problem on farms. We now have over 30 farmers who have us on speed dial. We also sell the winter fur and have recipes for them eat.

Green Grin! Al
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 30, 2017 10:02 AM CST
My view is the farms are an opportunity for the coyotes, rather than the coyotes being a problem for the farmers. Why would they not kill your non-indigenous calves/lambs/whatever. But, that's just me. Kill away.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Jul 1, 2017 4:25 AM CST
OH the coyotes do take care of many a farm critter, Lambs, calves, chickens, Turkeys and ducks, barn cats, dogs, and they even were get up in the feed bunks at one of the beef farms and eating the grain.

:D Al
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 1, 2017 7:07 AM CST
I've never heard of them eating grain. I get visits from raccoons, mice and rats on that forefront. I don't mind the coons and mice, but rats give me the willies. This guy was on my windchime, trying to leap onto my bird feeder. Sorry for the blur, I didn't take a lot of time focusing...

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Weedwhacker
Jul 1, 2017 7:55 PM CST
I love hearing the coyotes (ky-otes, in my world) at night too. I think ours have so many rabbits and rodents to survive on that they don't bother with much else. Wolves are another matter though -- and we have quite a few of them here, too.
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