Re: Re: Dealing with deer
- Subject: Re: [cg] Re: Dealing with deer
- From: David Smead email@example.com
- Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 11:39:27 -0700 (PDT)
In Vermont in the 1940s and 50s, when deer and raccoons were more than
plentiful, we used a battery powered electric fence to keep them out of
It's a bit of a project because you need two wires down low for the
varmits, and a couple other ones for the deer. Our fence driver didn't
tolerate much grass connections, so we had to go around with clippers once
a week under the low wires.
But it did work!
On Mon, 16 May 2005, Jennifer L Barricklow wrote:
> I've had great success using dandelions and borage as edging crops to
> satisfy the local groundhog. Both are self-sowing (read: cheap) and
> virtually indestructible, as long as the root remains. Our whistlepig
> seems to be especially fond of the dandelion flowers, but the borage she
> eats down to the crown. The dandelions are in the grass she has to cross
> to get from her burrow to the garden beds, and the borage forms a kind of
> buffer or border within the beds themselves, about 6 inches deep. Since
> we discovered this combination, we've had no groundhog damage to anything
> else in the garden. Now if we could only find some way to keep the
> raccoons out of the corn . . .
> As far as deer go, I don't have any personal experience, but anecdotal
> evidence from others suggests that hostas are very high on the deer list
> of preferred foods. As hostas spread well and are easily propagated by
> division, they might be a good choice for a relatively inexpensive,
> low-maintenance deer border. I do know of several people who have had
> great success keeping deer out of their wood-surrounded yards by
> stringing fishing line around the perimeter about 36" above the ground.
> The deer don't see it, and it really freaks them out when they bump into
> it. It's also pretty inexpensive to put up and maintain, and it's not an
> I hope this is helpful. Good luck!
> Jennifer Barricklow
> Lexington, KY
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