Dastardly deer

Dear Husband (DH) used to commute to work at 5 in the morning. In one year alone, he had three accidents with deer! It became so routine to the insurance adjuster that she responded the third time, “You know who to see and what to do. See you there….”

When DH called me that third morning, I asked “What’s up?” DH responded, “Oh, the usual….” We finally installed what are called “deer horns”, a $5-10 purchase from the hardware store, on all the cars. We lose them sometimes rubbing up against a curb, or at the car wash, but it has meant no more collisions with white tales.

The dear dratted deer

Deer have also been quite a problem in our garden and have grown even more of a problem as we have planted perennials that they enjoy, especially hosta and day lilies. For several years, we fenced, boxed, etc. all the hosta and shade garden plantings under metal stuff to keep them at bay.

Keeping the deer away with domes of fencing (no, it’s not very pretty)

There was little we could do for the daylies, so we never saw them flower.

This year, we put down pills of coyote urine that are supposed to last all season (however long that is) and pulled up the metal. We used Predascent from Gardener’s Supply. We applied it in May and it is August and we saw daylilies and hosta flowers this year!

Three feet tall (deer height) and UNTOUCHED!

So far we have sprayed pepper spray on the green and continued to put down the pills and we have seen the lilies bloom and the garden looks great. As fall approaches, we have not decided on our battle plan.

Our local ag extension service warns to keep changing the deer repellant type and brand to keep the deer at bay.
What have you used to keep the deer away? How long has it lasted?



About Shenandoah Kepler

Hi! I’m Shenandoah and I love to garden. I am becoming an ancient gardener, and am finding new ways to stay digging and enjoying the land.
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