Sat 19 Oct, 2002 08:03 pm
Anybody had any experience with protecting one's flowers from the local deer?
We're planning on retiring
to Pennsylvania next year and from what we have learned the deer can be a major pain in the butt for any gardeners. I love
my flower gardens and hate the thought of either giving up my hobby or covering everything with
I've checked the web and found many lists of plants which deer supposedly don't like -- but I've
discovered that the same plant is often listed on one man's 'deer hate' list and another man's 'deer love' list. Had
any personal experience with the likes and dislikes of deer????
Deer will eat everything, except daffodils.
When I kept a dog, deer were afraid to come into my yard.
The dog slept in a dog house, guarding my plants.
Only, I didn't know it.
Deer love the the leaves of a little catalpa and little sycamore
trees, given me by a neighbor.
The answer is to have a dog, sleeping outside.
My dog was on a chain,one of those things that runs over your head.
She had quite a space to run in.
But, if you get a dog, remember to walk him on a leash.
Dogs just love it.
Or have a fence, a really high fence.
Hi jeanbean -- good to see you again. We have a dog but she's a major coward/wimp and I know she would be very unhappy if we made her sleep outside after 3 years of in-house luxury. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
while your on the protection of flowers, and don't think I'm strange or anything, but does someone else in the world have a prolem with Mokeys destroying thier gardens or is it just us
Um, I don't have a big problem with monkeys in my garden, no.
Though I DID have a flock of parakeets in my oak when I lived in L.A., which was rather startling.
Do they pick your flowers and then beat them to pieces on the floor?
Really how much trouble can a flock of parakeets be
No monkeys -- and no parakeets, either. But I used to have a dog that ate my flowers (current doggy just chews on my ornamental grass).
Pharon, have you seen the "Location" thingie under the avatar...?
Pharon -- ornamental grass is very big in the U.S. for landscaping. Basically, you can use any kind of clumping grass (tall, short, it doesn't matter). I'm big on dwarf blue fescue (cause I can grow it cheaply from seed and it's compact and a nice color) but the dog prefers something called bunny grass. I grew it from seed, too, but didn't like it after I grew it (too messy) so I tore it all out except for one plant because she likes to munch on it.
Duhh, I doesn't have anything there or in your profile so maybe you could fill me in?
Pharon, I didn't fill mine out, actually, but bandylu did and it says "Long Island." (Were you asking me, though? I live in Chicago.)
Pharon -- right under your avatar it gives the date you joined and then your location (South Africa). Mine says Long Island, New York.
Sozobe- I meant bandylu .Sorry
Hello to bandylu and sozobe!
I was thinking of chickens.
A few chickens are not much work.
I'll ask my friend, the chickenmeister.
jeanbean, you've lost me. Are the chickens supposed to keep the deer away? Or do they eat the flowers?
Either I was blind or tempererally STUPID cause it's there now, but too I don't have much experience with "ornamental grass". It sounds so strange to me I don't think I have ever planted grass, it's always just been there.
bandylu - my experience up at the cottage suggests that there isn't much you can do against deer, except extremely high fencing. they love to munch on just about everything. Probably the only things that are safe are things that already grow in their area - learn to garden with native perennials. Even then, you're not entirely safe, as they love some of the little wild orchids.