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Re: H. serrata, now deer


Yes Maddy - unfortunately it's not raining here in Texas. Just paid a
90$ water bill. Shudder to think what it will be next month...


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: MyTGoldens@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 11 Jun 2003 13:14:07 EDT

>In a message dated 6/11/03 12:03:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time, cathy carpenter 
><cathyc@rnet.com writes:
>
>> It is time to get hints from you who are battling them - on deer 
>> deterrents and plants unappetizing to those beasts. I am about to go 
>> into serious depression. Each night they destroy my shady area a bit 
>> more...in a week, I will have nothing left. A deer fence is not an 
>> option because they would simply go around it from my neighbor's 
>> property. (and I have 2.5 acres.
>> Cathy
>
>Hi Cathy- Bobbex works great for me. It's a bit pricey, but not when you 
>consider the cost of the damage the deer do. I buy it at local nursery, a 32 oz. 
>container that gets diluted 1 to 8, and spray every 2 weeks, so one bottle 
>lasts me just about one whole season. This year I bought Bobbex-R, for $2.00 more, 
>since I have sustained some severe woodchuck damage as well. (The "R" means 
>it's supposed to repel rodents, too.) My cousin uses the egg/hot pepper 
>homemade brew, and claims good luck, but that has to be applied very often, 
>especially if it rains. (Anyone live where it isn't raining this year?!) Usually early 
>in the season I'll find a few leaves of some coveted plants chomped off and 
>"spit out", a good indication that the deer have not found the taste to their 
>liking! Really, I think the $28 cost for a season's protection is well worth the 
>investment. The directions say it can be used in winter as well, to protect 
>many of the evergreens they devour. I'm going to be trying it next winter for 
>the first time, and hope my Rhodies and hollies don't get denuded again. Winter 
>directions call for a stronger dilution, but much less frequent applications.
>
>Maddy Mason
>Hudson Valley, NY  zone 5/6
>
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A



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