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Oct 23, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Name: Ed
Georgetown, Tx (Zone 8b)
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I have a lot of deer where I live, When I had a vegetable garden I had it fenced in with high fencing to keep deer out.
Now I just grow flowers and plants and have accepted the fact That I basically set out deer feeders, They seem to enjoy the flowers more then the green plants but I figure thats just they way it is so I just smile and let they eat. It does not stop me from planting although I do just plant inexpensive annuals.
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Oct 26, 2019 5:35 AM CST
Cape Cod, Mass
My property abuts a pretty large wooded area and there is a small stream that snakes around the back of my yard. Deer love it. This fall, had a first with deer munching my end-of-the season tomatoes. I had a number of large beauties slowly ripening which all had big bites taken out of them. The hoof marks in the straw mulched soil told the story of who was sampling. And the SOBs don't even like tomatoes
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Oct 26, 2019 6:17 AM CST
Name: tnit
Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5b)
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This article is spot on from my experience with Mule Deer in Colorado. It is the most thorough I have ever read. Kudos to Karen Jescavage-Bernard for her details and honesty - NOTHING is deer-proof.
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Oct 26, 2019 9:21 AM CST

Careful with coyote urine.... some companies keep them in cages and rarely let them out. One human cruelty to offset another human problem. I have found coyote urine pellets to be 90% effective but will keep trying various options to lessen the appeal of the deer buffet in my clients' gardens (small town surrounded by woodlands and fields and brazen deer!) I do use deer resistant plants as much as possible, and also use the putrescent egg/garlic spray. Sometime you just can't get it right. I've seen them devour daylily buds (close to house and dog), but saunter past the hosta and tulips (at edge of yard) without a second glance.
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Oct 26, 2019 9:27 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Great article on the deer problem which I have an increasing problem with each year. I'll be trying repellents this year and hope they work.
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Oct 26, 2019 9:41 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Oct 30, 2021 5:33 AM CST
Cape Cod, Mass
My friendly deer family of 5 that visits year round ate my tomatoes late summer. Fruit just ripening , plants, everything. That was a first. Wasn't sure what had done the damage but the hoof prints and droppings around the garden gave evidence of the culprits
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