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Discussion id : 91-616
most recent 17 JAN 17 SHOW ALL
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.
Discussion id : 52-917
most recent 17 MAR 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 17 MAR 11 by soul60s
After the snow melted I noticed 6 of my rose bushes had the bark gnawed off them from the soil to about 6 inches up. My guess is voles. My question is can rose bushes survive after voles ate the bark off the canes? That is assuming there was no root damage.
Discussion id : 29-497
most recent 1 AUG 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 JUL 08 by marrukurli
One of our cats is outdoors most of the time in warm weather. I planted my roses not too long ago and he is using the nearby dirt too close for my comfort. They're planted in an area where only weeds will grow, with alot of dusty dirt. I cannot put chickenwire down because it's at the spot where my roommate parks his car and I am unable to be on the lookout for when he chooses to do his business. How can I stop this behavior? I want to nip it in the bud and prevent his 'presents' from harming my roses. I've thought about replanting them elsewhere so chickenwire can be laid, but then the roses would not get enough sunlight.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 30 JUL 08 by Sarah
Have you tried moth balls or red pepper? They should deter the cat and not harm the roses.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 31 JUL 08 by marrukurli
Thank you for the response! How would I go about applying either? I read somewhere mothballs are toxic to cats but not sure if it's true.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 31 JUL 08 by Sarah
You're welcome!

I hadn't heard that about the moth balls; I know that if you read the box, it's toxic to squirrels. Red pepper may be a better option if you're worried about that. Either way, the instructions I was given on using them as a deterrant are pretty much the same: spread it around the flowerbed fairly evenly, and then add a little extra around the problem spots you know about.

I just recently put down red pepper myself; I pretty much just took the top off and walked down the flowerbed, shaking out pepper as I went. My mom used to do the moth ball thing; if I remember correctly, she pretty much just tossed a handful into the flowerbeds every two or three feet and called it good.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 1 AUG 08 by marrukurli
I will definitely be giving the peppers a try! Thanks again! =)
Discussion id : 17-713
most recent 3 APR 07 SHOW ALL
Initial post 31 MAR 07 by Mikayla
I know that Rosemary, Sage, and Lavender are all natural deer repellents, but does anyone know about any other types of plants that would repel deer? Anything that has blooms colored pink, yellow, or purple will be appreciated.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 1 APR 07 by Lyn G
Deer deterrent plants vs. deer resistant plants are "stinky" to a deer. You have already mention three of my favorite garden plants, but you can add the following to your list:

society garlic
and many herbs.

Reply #2 of 5 posted 2 APR 07 by Unregistered Guest
Thanks so much, Lyn.
I realized after I posted this that it didn't seem to have anything to do with roses (oops!)! I'm putting a wrought iron fence around a part of our lawn, and I'll be putting quite a few different roses in there, not to mention the ones I already have. However, the deer in our area are extremely persistent (particularly when they see roses) and I'm afraid that they might eventually get the courage up to try to jump the fence. I've seen one or two that have managed to get a running leap and get over some of our neighbor's net fences, but I'm worried that they might not have as much success with a wrought iron fence. Anyway, I decided to border the fence with plants that will mess with the deer's sense of smell, so that I can avoid any accidents. This list definitely gives me a lot more options to be able to protect my roses (and the deer) than I had. Thanks again!
Reply #3 of 5 posted 2 APR 07 by Lyn G
Don't worry about it not applying directly to roses. Your question is one rose gardners are asking more and more as the deer population continues to increase. I like this approach to deer management better than any others I have read about.

Please share your experience with this method after it has been tested by the critters that can't read books.

Reply #4 of 5 posted 2 APR 07 by Lyn G

I forgot to add that I have been told that some roses are not favored by deer. In general, there is a kind of fuzzy texture to the foliage. In my experience, the deer have nibbled at 'Linda Campbell' ... a great rose on its own ... and have since ignored the plant that I put right down where it was easy for them to get up close and personal. Someone else told me recently that Banksiae roses can be included on that list, too.

Reply #5 of 5 posted 3 APR 07 by Mikayla

I looked up 'Linda Campbell' and it seems to be perfect for the area I live in! The fact that it can grow to be a fairly large shrub is a major plus too. I think I may actually put it in with my lilacs. It's always awesome when I find out about a good rose that will be able to do well in my zone (zone 4). I have a rose garden that somebody planted years ago, but when I started to tend it, I discovered that most of the roses are zone 6 or up (no wonder they weren't blooming very often). I've been trying to get some hardier roses ever since, so that I have some that produce more than five or six blooms per season.

I will be happy to share how the deer react to this new method! I was really excited to hear about this one as well, mostly because I won't have to be spraying or spreading some chemical every few days. It's also a plus that these herbs and plants smell nice to us, while most of the chemical repellents don't. Thank you so much for all the information,

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