I really haven't been following this thread closely but I have deer (sorry John on getting off the iris photos topic). They wonder through my garden, eating the tops of the weeds. They're not good weeders I must say. Actually, I feed them and each has a name. They don't disrupt my garden in any way except maybe moving my T-tape. I think it's fasinating how they can wonder through, not stepping on any of the iris nor not breaking off some bloom stacks. They will bed down, not in my beds but in the aisles. Of course I'm talking about the Columbian Black Tails, not the mule deer that are in the higher elevations and in other parts of the country. Last fall one evening I had ten of them in the garden which is about 100' x 100'. I love the little critters altho our roses aren't in the best of shape!
Merry Xmas to all from CA.
Art Bern, Grass Valley, CA.
Sent: Dec 23, 2007 6:45 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Cult: For those of you w Deer Problems -Biggest Dog
<<this just might work.>>
My iris garden was planted right in the middle of the deer's normal path. I still find new footprints on a regular basis. The deer are relatively light footed and seem to know how to step around the soaker hoses and the bloom stalks. As long as I remember to put lace caps on the seed pods, we live in peaceful co-existence.
The neighbor dogs cause more damage than the deer. Unfortunately, the dogs decided to dig a new route to China a couple of weeks ago. Wouldn't you know it was in the middle of a seedling bed?
From: Linda Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 2:19 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] Cult: For those of you w Deer Problems -Biggest Dog
You know this just might work.
From one of our iris growers in area.
I'll take him, have lots of deer to eat !!
Linda in CW AZ