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Initial post 20 MAR 16 by dhall
I need advice concerning deer repellents. I've decided to try to grow roses in a newly located garden closer to my house - and will do anything I can to keep the deer from eating the blooms the night before they bloom - which is what happened all last year with a bed of knockouts. I stopped growing hybrids because it was so upsetting to lose them to the deer - years ago.
New garden - lots of love and work has already gone into it - and I am researching so many things to deter the deer - but don't want to buy them all.
I have researched the board but nothing is that recent. If you have advice please let me know! I love this forum!

Reply #1 of 7 posted 21 MAR 16 by Patricia Routley
We eventually solved a kangaroo problem by buying 2nd-hand treated pine posts from a vineyard and placing them on the existing fence so we could string another wire at about 6 feet. For a few months some plastic ribbon waved around on the top wire and it stopped the kangaroos forever. Such a relief.
Reply #2 of 7 posted 21 MAR 16 by dhall
We are looking into a low voltage electric fence today. It may not be very attractive - but I think prevention is the key here - so I will hopefully deter them before the leaves even break out! I will also use Liquid Fence - around the main garden as well as the new climbers around other parts of the yard. We thought of using chicken wire covering those as long as the climbers are small until they get too tall.

I am still very open to suggestions from everyone!!

Thanks for the feedback Patricia - we do not have kangaroos in Eastern NC - even though we have bears - yes - I've seen them in my yard, deer, foxes, rabbits and all the regular smalls.

Reply #3 of 7 posted 16 JAN 17 by Andrew from Dolton
When I was a student with the R.H.S. in the 1980's they used to use human hair in little bags hanging around the rose garden to stop deer. It worked up to a point. I occasionally get deer in my garden but I put up two wind chimes where they enter and leave the garden, that has stopped them to some degree. So much for thorns "protecting" roses, they are the first things the deer go for! When I kept chickens I used to leave a radio on very quietly in their house, tuned in to a station where they don't play music and just talk, it kept all the foxes away and that might work for deer as well. If badgers are ever a problem then three paracetamol in half an apple gives them an almost instant heart attack... apparently...
Reply #4 of 7 posted 16 JAN 17 by Margaret Furness
From Wikipedia: the (UK) Protection of Badgers Act of 1992[29] made it an offence to kill, injure, or take a badger or to interfere with a sett unless under license from a statutory authority.
Leave the Panadol in the locked medicine cupboard, eat the apple.
Actually I suspect that the Panadol thing is urban myth, unless badger metabolism handles paracetamol very differently from human. Before an antidote was available, a serious paracetamol overdose caused liver failure, and it wasn't an instantaneous or good way to go.
Reply #5 of 7 posted 17 JAN 17 by billy teabag
I have been told that urinating around the boundary works a treat. Needs to be Y chromosome urine.
Reply #6 of 7 posted 17 JAN 17 by Andrew from Dolton
Yes that is true Billy and quite effective, but my urine is far too precious to be used like that, see my journal entry for September 2016. The main problem here with badgers is that in May-time when the chafer grubs (Phyllopertha horticola) begin to hatch the badgers dig up everywhere trying to find them. A disaster if you have a manicured lawn. In my location I am surrounded by beef and dairy farms also lots of land used for pheasant shoots and hunting. Whilst it is illegal to kill badgers without a license many local people do control them, half the badgers you see dead by the roadside haven't been run over by cars. Years ago there was a very effective product called Renardine that repelled just about any mammal but it has now been withdrawn. I have a freezer full of roe deer kindly shot by a neighbour for a birthday present they are delicious. My cats are most efficient for controlling squirrels, rabbits and moles but the wind chimes seem to be by far the best way to stop the deer.
Reply #7 of 7 posted 17 JAN 17 by billy teabag
I read your September 2016 journal entry Andrew, and stayed on to read some more. Thank you.
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Initial post 5 APR 16 by dhall
Pinwheels courtesy of Easter fun! I think I can't live without the now!
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Initial post 5 APR 16 by dhall
My completely planted rose garden about 2 weeks ago. They are small but look healthy and are sprouting leaves. The slowest to make new shoots were Pope John Paul II and Mister Lincoln!
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Initial post 21 MAR 16 by jasminerose
The arches are a wonderful idea for that space. Beautiful.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 21 MAR 16 by Moonfall
Thank you! :-)
Reply #2 of 2 posted 21 MAR 16 by dhall
I am crazy about this - reminds me of the narrow spaces between houses in Charleston, SC and the lush plantings in those small spaces. What amazing arches!!
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