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Re: More deer devastation

  • Subject: Re: More deer devastation
  • From: "Betsy Kelson" <bkelson@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 06:46:40 -0600

Oh Auralie,
        I am so sorry. I can symoathize. Here in Colorado, the deer also are
eating things they would would not choose first or last. I think the poor
things are starving for lack of normal food stuffs and their populations
have been allowed to go unchecked.

betsy
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Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2009 2:39 PM
Subject: [CHAT] More deer devastation


> I just got around to the back of our land this afternoon - the first time
> since last year that it hasn't been too icy to manage the slope - to find
> that the large mass of Leucothoe back there is totally leafless and
> quite a bit of it broken down.  Last winter was the first time deer had
> ever touched it since I planted it there in 1970, but then they just took
> the front leaves.  This is a big thicket - maybe 10 feet long by 6 feet
> thick and 6 or 7 feet high.  It has always been a resource for
good-looking
> line material for flower arrangements - various arrangers knew they could
> always come and get it - but now there are about  four skinny tall pieces
> with any leaves left.  I don't know how they got through the mass of it.
> There are numerous broken branches lying on the ground, so I guess they
> just took hold and pulled.  I'm really at a loss to know what I can plant
> this year - I just don't have what it takes to keep planting stuff that
just
> gets eaten up or broken down.
> Auralie
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