Gene, the deer population in this area may be close to the human
population. Until about 20 years ago, we saw deer occasionally.
In the years since, the populations - both deer and human - have
exploded. We have an acre on a wooded hillside, and the small
cul-de-sac community - now grown to 12 houses, is bounded on
one side by Con-Ed's power lines and on the other by the Blue
Mountain Reservation - a county-owned undeveloped park area.
Beyond that was another large undeveloped area where my sons
had eight miles of dirt-bike trails. That piece of property has now
been developed with million-dollar Mcmansions. There is no
hunting allowed in Westchester County, so the only control of
the deer is being struck by cars. As for their being starving -
forget it. These deer are so fat and well-fed that each doe
usually produces twins each year. Many people use electric
fences, or even eight-foot chain-link fences. One of our neighbors
tried both, with poor results. Our property is such that it would be
almost impossible to fence. Deer are just something we have to
learn to live with. I was once able to grow Baptisia, to say nothing
of day lilies, hostas, roses, and all those other good things. Now
I have a vew hostas in a protected area near my doorstep - and the
deer have stood on the doorstep and reached over the fence to
nibble. Just be thankful you don't have this problem.
In a message dated 07/27/2005 8:37:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Perhaps it is the amount of space available that is or is not there for
the deer, Auralie.
Your property may be more concentrated. I am out in the county at the
edge of a small town. We have about 5 acres, bordered by a very large field
on one side with a drainage area at the bottom lined with trees and shrubs.
Another side is a woods I do not use and town property on another side.
Still large woods not far from here and almost connected in places so they
can travel. So, perhaps the deer that wander through are not quite so
desperate for food and drink.
but hey do come through... I see hoof prints in the garden all the time.
Now we have a new resident groundhog..... under a brush pile at the
corner of the property. We put the brush there for small animals, so can't
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
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