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November 13, 2013

Tim's Tips: Keeping the deer away

Unless you live in the heart of a city, you probably have deer in your neighborhood. You have heard of Lyme disease and its association with deer. The other problem with deer is that they need to eat.

During the spring, summer and fall, the deer tend to stay away from eating our plants. During the winter months, food gets scarce and the plants in our yard tend to become a salad bar for deer. Now is the time to begin preparations to make your plants less inviting.

There are deer repellent sprays that you can apply to your plants that will keep deer from feeding on your shrubs. Most deer repellents work in two ways. They have some type of smell that the deer find offensive, and they taste bad to them. Most deer repellents use essential oils and add in garlic or rotten eggs. They work, but sometimes they are also repellent to humans. There is one repellent that our customers have found works well but doesn’t have the smell that humans don’t like. It is called Oh No Deer, and it uses a cinnamon base as the repellent. The deer don’t like it, and it can be applied at lower temperatures than most deer repellents.

You will need to make several applications of deer repellents during the fall and winter. If you start now with applying repellent, the deer will find that there is nothing in your yard that they find appealing as food. Think of it as breaking the habit of them visiting your yard for food. As I said, now is the time to start applying deer repellent to your shrubs. If you follow the label instructions regarding how often you need to reapply the product, you should have good luck keeping the deer away from your plants.

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