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Re: CULT. heat ! and DEER

Have you ever tried Skoot it is supposed to be great for curing deer's 
taste for
daylilies.  It isn't supposed to be harmful just leave a bad taste. 

We have had a very dry spring so far as well.  I went out and brushed 
some of the
snow off the iris leaves and so far the leaves look just fine so maybe 
the snow
isn't going to do as much damage as I feared. 

SE Manitoba

laurief wrote:

>>Laurie, you mentioned deer -- I know they like hosta and daylilies, but I 
>>was hoping irises  were not on their table of desires.
>In my garden, irises are low on the palatability scale for deer.  Deer 
>typically will only eat the irises during the times of year when they 
>have no natural browse to consume - most notably in early spring when the 
>deer are starving after a long northern winter and will voraciously 
>consume whatever greens up first, e.g. irises. My local deer also seem to 
>have developed enough of a taste for iris foliage now that they will 
>continue to graze them a bit even after they have plenty of grass 
>available in the surrounding hayfields.  As soon as the brushy areas 
>bordering my hayfields leaf out, however, the deer will abandon my irises 
>in lieu of their preferred browse.
>I sometimes also have a problem with deer grazing my irises in the fall 
>after their browse has dropped its leaves for the winter.  At that time 
>of year, they have the infuriating tendency to uproot and relocate 
>summer-planted irises.
>In a normal year, deer wouldn't be a problem this late into the growing 
>season.  Unfortunately, our abnormally cold temps have delayed leafing 
>out substantially, so the deer are still snacking on my irises.  Ugh.
>P.S.  Interestingly, deer never bother my hostas.  I assume that's 
>because the hostas don't start growth until after the browse has leafed 
>out and the deer have retreated to their preferred dining accommodations.
>USDA zone 3b, AHS zone 4 - northern MN
>normal annual precipitation 26-27"
>slightly acid clay soil
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