Mike Rummerfield via pbs
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 23:06:52 PDT
More on deer predation ---

Here in rural western Washington deer are prevalent and it seems they'll
eat most anything eventually.  Just when I think I've found something they
won't touch, my AH HA! changes to OH NO!  They won't even nibble on
something for years, even decades, and then they suddenly decimate it.
Also, in my experience, they are especially attracted to just about any
newly planted plant.

The only thing I've found that works for me is to fence everything within
reach of the little (or big) gluttons.  However, fencing, at least mine, is
not effective on elk.  They act almost as if it's not even there.  Black
bears also climb over the fence (to my surprise) that surrounds the orchard
to feast on ripening apples, though they seem to have a preference for the
pears.  I haven't tried a dog yet, but think it would be effective with
frequent patrolling.

A friend, a professional grower of alpine plants, places rat traps (the
common spring type) baited with slices of apples on the perimeter of his
growing area.  He says it's very effective for him in deterring deer.  One
sharp rap on the nose seems to prevent their return.  I've tried it and it
does seem to work, although I just as often find the traps sprung by the
large native slugs.  A slug in a rat trap is not a pretty sight - not for
the faint of heart.  I'm sticking to fencing.

The *only* things I've found that the deer don't touch here are galanthus
and leucojum.  I was beginning to think all irids were safe from deer
predation, but no; some they nibble, some they chew to the ground, some
they pull up and drop, half eaten.  Paradisea that has seeded in the meadow
outside the fenced area also appears unmolested, at least for the time

Deer have a way of breaking your will and breaking your heart (They are NOT

Be safe,
Zn 7, cool mediterranean

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 8:32 AM Sylvia Sykora via pbs <> wrote:

> Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, adjacent to a 30,000 acre regional
> park, the deer much prefer our gardens to the wide open park lands.
>  Happily, our property was enclosed in a brick wall by a former owner (no
> deterrent to raccoons, however, who are very destructive) and only
> occasionally has been breached by a spooked deer.  The relatively small
> garden plantings outside the brick wall - all California native shrubs and
> perennials - are protected with a 3.5' decorative metal fence on one side
> of the walk, but open to marauding deer on the other side.  At most the
> deer nibble the unprotected plants, nothing more.   A much larger
> unprotected slope now planted with native shrubs also is left untouched by
> deer.  The deer wander the streets and occasionally walk up the slope, but
> eat nothing.   I wonder if planting natives as a barrier around decorative,
> non-native plants may be a partial solution to deer munching.
> Now, if someone can suggest a way to deter raccoons and wild turkeys, I’d
> be very interested!
> Sylvia in the Oakland Hills
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