Re: Deer and Iris
I am not much of an iris expert, but I do know quite a bit about deer and
I can tell you that repellents of any kind work only briefly, if at all.
This includes all types of urines, manures, sprays, soaps, hair, pepper,
etc. If deer are eating your iris you may have very hungry deer or ones
that have acquired a taste for iris as iris are not all that high on most
deer preference lists! Fencing (at least 8 ft., double fencing, or
electric) is the only reliable means of keeping deer away from plants.
Netting can work temporarily, but they usually thwart it and it is a real
aggravation in the meantime! If deer are plentiful and destructive in
your area it is a good idea to find out what type of deer management plan
is in effect (check with local govt. or state "Game/Wildlife" agency).
Many areas are experiencing tremendous problems with deer and it is best
to work out an acceptable plan before the deer have destroyed native
plant colonies, songbird and small mammal habitat, and altered the
pattern of regeneration of hardwood tree species as they have in many
Debbie Green in Williamsburg, VA