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Old 03-13-2014, 07:56 PM   #16
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Hanging pieces of Irish Spring soap really works. My wife does that to keep the deer away from her flower beds. We are very rural, and have a group of 10-12 of them than wander through about the same time every day, eating their way down the hill. A few days ago, my 16-year-old idiot grandson thought he would catch one and wrestle it to the ground with his bare hands. He couldn't, which was probably a good thing for him.

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Hanging pieces of Irish Spring soap really works. My wife does that to keep the deer away from her flower beds. We are very rural, and have a group of 10-12 of them than wander through about the same time every day, eating their way down the hill. A few days ago, my 16-year-old idiot grandson thought he would catch one and wrestle it to the ground with his bare hands. He couldn't, which was probably a good thing for him.
He'll only get kicked once and then he will swear off of deer wrestling. Next time take video. I'd like to see a deer that slow.
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I'm late to the discussion, but I have a suggestion. Go to a local barber or hair salon, get their floor sweepins, put in some old socks, hang these hair socks around the yard, . they think that there is people still out in the yard, no more deer loiterers.

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I have tons of deer in the field behind my house, but they rarely come into the yard. I don't have any edible plants so no big deal if they did. They don't seem to like the dog so that may be a good way to keep them away.
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I've tried hair, urine, packaged fox urine, irish spring, and the only thing that works for me is fencing or electric fencing.
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My GF gave me some nice hostas that I planted behind my rear deck that backs to a deer filled woods. For several years no problem but the last couple the deer have developed a taste for the hostas. They wait until the plants get about 3 feet tall then come in at night to dine. One morning they are just gone... I've tried the deer repellent sprays from the box stores and home made hot sauce mix. No good... the deer seem to think all this stuff is salad dressing. Hunting here is not an option. I have given up. The new hosta shoots are about 8" high so it'll be awhile before they are ready for the deer.
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My GF gave me some nice hostas that I planted behind my rear deck that backs to a deer filled woods. For several years no problem but the last couple the deer have developed a taste for the hostas. They wait until the plants get about 3 feet tall then come in at night to dine. One morning they are just gone... I've tried the deer repellent sprays from the box stores and home made hot sauce mix. No good... the deer seem to think all this stuff is salad dressing. Hunting here is not an option. I have given up. The new hosta shoots are about 8" high so it'll be awhile before they are ready for the deer.
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Human language = Hosta
Deer Language = Candy

They eat mine so close to the ground that they are literally gone.

I've found the only thing that definitely works with deer is deadfall piled around your plant. Looks messy but works. Look for dead or recently pruned branches from junk trees, no leaves, the more gnarly the better. Make a tent of them around the plant you want to protect. Wire ties help.

Deer generally browse at night, and they don't want to stick their head through old dead pokey branches to get at the good stuff.

Think about some hellebores, they are very deer-resistant.
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I usually have a herd of 20 to 40 deer roam around at dusk. I have cut my trees up to where they can't reach the low lying branches with leaves and just decorate with bowling ball shrubs. They pretty much leave the yard, trees and shrubs alone except when they decide to lounge around in the yard. During the fall I pile the fallen leaves in the field behind my house and they eat every bit saving me several trash bags. You can't get rid of them so I just watched them and learned how to use these critters to my advantage. I don't have pretty little flowers around my house but you can have a decent landscape design with just deer proof shrubs and trees.

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