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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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December 23, 2010 - 6:16 am

Image EnlargerSo far this winter the deer have stayed down in the woods and by the creek. They usually come up to eat off of the crabapple tree which is about ten feet from the house, but not yet. I don't even see their foot prints in the garden area. THAT IS CERTAINLY O.K. WITH ME.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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December 31, 2010 - 1:08 pm

Our deer are in the yard almost every evening.  I enjoy watching them, but hate what they do to my flowers.  Didn't get have one casa blanca lily bloom for the past 2 years because they ate them.  My hostas have been so small because they are constantly being eaten by the deer.  I moved all of my lilies this fall in hopes that they won't venture into the back yard up next to the house so I can enjoy their blooms and fragrance.  Will be looking into more deer repellers in the spring.  Perhaps a motion sensor sprinkler.  I heard they work well.

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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December 31, 2010 - 2:16 pm

There are a few things that I do to help keep the deer from eating my plants. 1. I hang a strong scented soap. I drill a hole in the soap and thread twine through it to make a loop. Then hang around the areas or plants they frequent.  2. I spray human urine (mine LOL) on the perimeters of the gardens and on the paths (careful not to get on plants). 3. I make a HOT pepper spray (which the bunnies don't like either). 2 tbls. crushed pepper flakes (Sam's Club) and 1 cup water. I boil this mixture for 5 mintues. Let it set overnight. Strain this mixture concentrate so that there are no seeds. Now I use a tank sprayer because I have ALOT of area to cover, take 1 cup concentrate to  1 gallon of water, then mix throughly. Now add 1/2 tsp. of Dawn dish soap or Murphy's Soap (add the soap last so you don't get ALOT of suds, mix gently) Spray in the morning before the sun is on the plants (I learned the hard way and burned some of my hostas) all the plants the bunnies, deer and other critters. I do this first thing in Spring so they get use to my yard having yucky HOT plants. I reapply if we get a hard rain.  4.  I plant all extra hostas, daylillies, blackeyed susans etc. back in the woods and creek where they hang out. They can eat to their hearts content back there.   5. I plant daffodils throughout my entire hosta area, 100's.  Deer and bunnies don't like daffodil foliage. The foliage stays on a long time and gives the hostas a chance to get mature and by that time I have them sprayed with the hot pepper concentrate.  This works for me RIGHT NOW, but if deer are REALLY HUNGRY they will eat anything. I hope this helps you.  I also pray alot !

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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January 3, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Great ideas.  I'll have to try some of these.  Came home last night and there was a big buck in my yard near the house.  Tonight there was a small deer a few feet from the driveway.  She didn't even budge when I drove in.  They are getting pretty tame.

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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Faeryhollow
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January 6, 2011 - 8:11 pm

I've tried it all, including the HOT pepper spray, soap on a rope, motion-activated water sprayer, various commercial deer repellants, electric fencing....and prayer. I can't tell that any of them work especially well with the deer, and they even eat plants that are supposed to be deer-resistant. We also have a lot of native vegetation, and wouldn't you think they would want to eat some of that? No! They love my roses the most, but also decimate heucheras, phlox, bee balm, snow-on-the-mountain....go figure! The groundhog is almost as bad as the deer, and the rabbits are the least of my problems. I can usually keep them in line with pepper spray, although I've about given up on planting pansies in the ground. Then there's the raccoons, chipmunks, voles, bear....etc. If the critters weren't all just so darn cute and fun to watch it would be easier to hate them! Like you, Lark, I just keep trying different approaches, plant plenty to share Cry, and look at the bright side.

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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April 7, 2011 - 5:54 pm

Hubby went to Sam's Club and bought some hot pepper flakes.  Hot pepper tea is brewing as I type.  Hubby is going to buy some irish spring soap tomorrow for me to hang out.  Talked to him about peeing around the flower beds, but I think I am pushing it a little.  He didn't seem to anxious to help with that . . . lolLaugh

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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April 8, 2011 - 4:59 am

Try this one ~ go to the Walmart toy section and buy a $1.00 rubber snake.  Ever since I placed that prop out there, they have left my blueberries and kerria bushes alone.  Hope it keeps working ~ although I have scared myself with it a time or two (forgetting it was thereSurprised). 

Tell your husband to stop walking off the job ~ he has an important role to play!

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 29, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Today it finally stopped raining and it was beautiful.  I made my HOT PEPPER SPRAY yesterday and today I sprayed it on ALOT of plants. I also drilled holes in bars of Irish Spring Soap (22 bars) and hung them around the gardens, including the rasied veggie bed area. This time of the year I make sure I have a supply of HOT PEPPER SPRAY in my frig. I reapply it if it rains hard.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 23, 2012 - 8:51 pm

DSC03889.JPGImage EnlargerDSC03898.JPGImage EnlargerThis was my view today when I came in for lunch.Surprised  It just warms my heart when I see this.  On the other hand, I don't want them snacking on my garden. Cry Which reminds me, I have to make some PEPPER SPRAY.Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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HSwantabe
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May 23, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Aw so cute 🙂 We have a wild life preserve behind us so we have deer too Laugh I am rolling on the ground over the pee comment LOL One of the garden club members asked how to take care of deer last night at our meeting LOL I wish I had read this first LOL She would have loved it I am sure Laugh Im sure it would work!

Indiana, zone 5

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