By Rhonda Massingham Hart, Jim Wilson
Facing deer is a problem for lots of gardeners and householders, yet in Deerproofing Your backyard & Garden, grasp gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart tells owners precisely what they should comprehend: which advertisement repellents are such a lot (and least) powerful, the way to make home made deterrents, and the way to create a panorama designed to repel deer. This ebook is your top safeguard opposed to undesirable deer.
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Thank you, Munchkin, for putting up with me. Foreword by JIM WILSON, former host of The Victory Garden on PBS FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, my gardens have been ravaged by deer. I suppose my situation vis-a-vis deer is pretty typical. Our log-cabin home stands on 15 acres bordering a university town in central Missouri. From a hilltop near our home, we can see the campus; between it and us is a solid carpet of housing. Behind us, farmland stretches seemingly forever. Not surprisingly, we have resident deer.
Winter is the most difficult season for deer, particularly in the North. Food is scarce and the quality is low; only about 10 percent of what deer can find to eat is digestible. Though they browse on dead leaves, twigs, bark, and ever-green boughs when possible, they can actually starve to death with a full stomach. Blacktails and muleys may stray from home territories in search of food, but whitetails often form groups that “yard up,” spending as much time as possible off their feet. ) This time of year, their metabolism slows down and they tend to be very sedentary, unless forced to expend energy (being chased by dogs or harassed by gardeners, for instance).
Whatever the predicament, there is always something we can do. Deer can be managed humanely and effectively, and can be trained to coexist in our midst. It may not be possible to eliminate all deer damage all of the time, but rest assured, you can definitely incorporate strategies to make it less common and less destructive. There is no one simple answer for everyone, as so much depends on your individual circumstances, the deer pressure in your area right now, the time of year, your yard, and the property surrounding yours.