My parents (in Orinda near SF) have been coexisting with the deer
somewhat for over 30 years when my mom decided enuf is enuf and had a 6 foot
metal fence installed around the property. Hey well now she can grow roses for
the first time. The deer never bothered any of our iris, but there were always
plenty of tastier things about. Anyways my mom is convinced that the height of
the fence is not nearly as important as the width and also that deer will not
readily jump over anything if they cannot see the landing area. As such there
are large shrubs and small trees planted along the fence on both sides. It does
seem to work.
Chad in Los Gatos
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Subject: Re: spring
Author: Charley Kearns <firstname.lastname@example.org> at SMTP
Date: 2/28/97 2:49 PM
> Today, outside my kitchen door, just behind the electric fences were six deer
> in their dark winter coloration. Five of six were last summers babies. All
> looked at me making as much noise as one agitated woman can and none moved
> other than to look up and ask what's new.
> Claire Peplowski
> Zone 4 (real zone), upstate NY nr. Berkshires
> Winter's gloom lifted a bit, some sun with ice still on the pond.
I certainly know what you are talking about with deer. They have
nibbled away at a lot of my precious plants. How high is your electric
fence. They junp my 5 foot fence. I don't think they have found my
TBs. Thanks for the tip re Siberians and Japanese. My goats like the
daffodils (primarily the blooms) that pop up in their pasture.
I have put netting over a lot of my vulnerable plants until I can find
a better solution. Any suggestions?
Los Gatos, CA
USDA 9, Sunset 16