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How Do I Keep Deer Out Of My Garden?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play. Remember that song from long age? It truly does set up the vision of tranquility on the home front. The reality is that deer and backyard gardens do not mix. The deer look at your freshly planted garden as their personal garden spot. On their way back from their drinking hole, they think nothing of having a little bedtime snack of tender, green deer plants. Going out in the morning to tend your garden is often a nightmare. Is there anything that an avid gardener can use as a deer repellent?

A recent conversation with a garden supply professional, brought to light some possible solutions to this frustrating problem. Animals learn through the repetition of their surroundings. For example, deer have learned which lawns actually put out deer plants to encourage the deer in the area to come into their yard. Yes there are those who like the aesthetic value of being able to sit on their back porch and watch the deer. The problem with this is that deer do not know the property lines between your yard and your neighbors. So they figure if there is suitable food in one yard why not check the next. Unfortunately these well meaning people could be your neighbors. Deer are very inactive animals. They often use the same tried and true trails that have brought them positive food searches over time.

Commercial deer repellent can be found in most garden centers. They are usually very expensive and take a lot of labor to apply them according to manufacturers instructions. A simple web search can bring you up to speed on which ones are the most effective for your area. Deer repellent come in sprays, powders and pouches. Depending on your particular garden size and whether or not you live in a place that is heavily populated with deer, you may need a specific type of deer repellent. Check with your local garden professional to get the most up to date information.

For those who prefer less potent methods to keep deer from destroying the garden, some of the following suggestions could prove to be a less toxic form of deer repellent. Supposedly, deer are very opposed to the smell of rotten eggs. I don’t know who came up with this statement but there must be some truth to it as one of the commercial products has an essence of commercially made rotten egg smell. Another less putrid suggestion was to shave Irish Spring soap and spread those shavings in the garden.

Other tried and true methods include keeping pet cats around the property. The theory around this idea is that cats will dig in the garden and spread the smell of their urine around. Speaking of urine, one of the popular deer repellents out there is coyote urine. This can be found in hunting supply stores.

Regardless of which method of deer repellent you choose to keep the deer out of your garden, the experts agree that the methods need to be changed from year to year. This will prevent the deer from taking notes and coming up with another strategy to gain access to those tender deer plants they think you planted for them. 😉

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Add Character With Garden Ornaments

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

In century’s passed gardens were a way of life. Families grew a vegetable garden to get them through the rough winters. Food was grown and preserved so that families could eat during the winter. Occasionally, a flower garden was grown nearby by to bring color and life into an otherwise drab and dreary existence. In those days money was scarce and everything had a purpose. The thought of spending money on garden ornaments was unheard of.

Today, garden ornaments are a given. Recognized as an extension of the contemporary family personality, they can be seen in every size, shape and color. Large or small, made to complement every conceivable theme, they give gardens that little wow factor that turns the beautiful garden into a quiet, peaceful paradise. The careful placement of a single garden ornament can bring life into that small, neglected section of the backyard. Perhaps you just need a little something to bring attention to those bushes already placed with purpose in just the right place.

As an extension of the home, contemporary gardens are used to increase extra living space. For those who enjoy entertaining, the backyard space needs to be just as inviting as the interior of the home. Warm summer evenings bring out the desire for Bar-B Que with friends. As preparations are made for the menu, tableware and theme for the party, a quick look around the yard may cause you to notice a bare spot in need of excitement. These types of events not only call for yard furniture but they also need a few conversation pieces that are pleasing to the eye and bring out the hidden nature in your personality. This may be something as simple as a single yard ornament. A fawn laying quietly under a bush, chimes tinkling from a tree or an elegant water fountain standing stately in the center of the garden may be the statement you want to make. Just as the interior of your house says “this is me”, so should the spaces in your “home outside your home’.

Backyard gardens instill the idea of a peaceful awakening for your inner being. For some this means a quite sitting place under a rose arbor. For others it may be little walking stones that take your through paths of subtle wonder. Garden ornaments can enhance these places of the heart. From the whimsey of gnomes and water sprites hiding under the ferns to small rabbits or ducks chasing each other along garden trails, the garden environment is up to you. Perhaps you prefer fairies and children running through the flowers or frogs and sea creatures along the path to the koi pool, the sky’s the limit for what type of outdoor environment you may want to create.

The playful use of garden ornaments can be used to recognize any season of the year. As the snow mounds up around the little creations in your garden, they will come “alive” when they are given that seasonal touch. When winter turns to spring, don’t forget to check on your little outside critters. Clean them off and place them in a new area of the garden so they won’t get bored with their surroundings. 😉

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