Protecting gardens from deer. This ones for you, Lisagreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
I read of your plight on a previous thread and had this lying around on my PC. Hope it helps.
_______________________________________________ Deer Repellents There are a number of methods to protect trees from deer; one of which is repellents. The following is from a Pennsylvania study rating various repellents and how effective they are in repelling deer.
Repellant % Effectiveness at Repelling Deer Ground chicken feathers 98% Deer Always (putrescent egg solids) 97% Chaperone (Thiram) 89% Hinder (ammonium soaps of fatty acids) 87% Hot sauce (capsaicin) 85% Blood meal 70% Human hair 58% (WU)
Contributors: Ward Upham, Extension Associate; Chuck Marr, Vegetables Cooperative Extension Service K-State Research and Extension Horticulture 3601 Throckmorton Hall Manhattan, KS 66506 (785) 532-6173 FAX: (785) 532-5780
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-- eyes_open (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 29, 1999
Thank you, Sir.
The only foolproof way is to build a 7' fence with a 5'fence surrounding it, setback feet from 7' fence.
Deer can jump high and deer can jump wide, but deer can't jump high and wide.
-- lisa (email@example.com), October 29, 1999.
Ground chicken feathers 98% - interesting, we have our chickens fenced out of our garden and my wife said a couple of days ago, we have as many chicken feathers in the yard as we do leaves - every time we mow, guess we cover the 'Ground' part - we shall see......
-- BH (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 29, 1999.
I'm told urine of a meat-eating animal (or human) will chase away deer. (Haven't yet tried this one myself.)
-- Not Whistlin' Dixie (email@example.com), October 29, 1999.
If the deer associate the human urine with human presence they will stay away. But if they aren't familiar with human urine, deer being the curious animals they are, might be attracted. There are funny stories of deer being mezmerized by inflatable toy animals or stuffed animals placed out by hunters for that purpose.
If these study results are from Pennsylvania, you can be assured that they've probably had LOTS of field test occurences this year. We're overflowing with deer up here this year, almost as badly as with Squirrel King's minions.
But for my money the dual fence method is the most fool proof.
-- Wildweasel (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 29, 1999.
I use an inexpensive portable solar powered electic fence from my local coop. It is used to break a pasture up into paddocks and is simple to set up. Although it is low in height, peanut butter on the wire is a very effective training tool. No horses or deer in the corn- ever. It's only six volts but I've seen it bring a bull to its knees. Did it to me too. (no, not the peanut butter!) The brand is from Australia, I will get info. if you like.
-- Wm McBride (email@example.com), October 29, 1999.
Wm-would be interested in knowing more about that charger. How much did you buy it at a feed-garden store or mailorder it. Thanks-Howie
-- Howie (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 29, 1999.
Lead Poisoning - 100% effective.
-- 100 yards (email@example.com), October 30, 1999.
There is a great motion-activated water jet you hook up to a garden hose. Operates on batteries. Folks who keep garden ponds have had some success with them in repelling predatory birds, raccoons and such. Human urine works for raccoons. (no diagram included)
-- Donna (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 30, 1999.
I spoke this week with a farmer in this area that operates a large truck gardening operation. The deer around here are plentiful and are a problem for this farm. Last year the deer decimated there green bean crop because it did not have any protection they figured there would be enough green beans even with the competition from the dear. They figured wrong last year. This year they used the type of system described in the earlier post on electification. In this set up they strung one strand of electified wire appoximately knee high from the ground. Every so often they put alunimum strips with peanut butten on it. They did not have any deer problem this year with their bean field at all.
-- Greg (email@example.com), October 31, 1999.