I. General Information about Deer
Deer are border species, so they pass a lot of their time along the border of woods and tree stands. There are two main reasons for this. To begin with, deer love to consume the youthful, supple foliage and shoots which are seen at the perimeter of woods. After the land on which the larger, older trees had formerly grown is emptied, younger trees have the ability to grab some light and sprout up. These brand new outgrowths give abundant nutrition for the darling little deer.
The second reason is safety. When the deer are munching out on baby aspen, balsam or your decorative trees and plants, they can make a fast escape to the dense woods if danger arrives. Clearly, a yard surrounded by trees is also a handy place to get a deer to live, since there’s food inside reach and cover nearby.
II. Deer as Pests?
Deer numbers have grown. People have razed the land so thoroughly and have generated so much more edge that deer can not help but to go forth and multiply. More edge means more food, which means more fat Bambi fawns to feed.
Don’t forget about the diminishing number of natural predators for deer. Since so many habitats have been lost, deer numbers have accumulated.
Below are some ideas for not just Critter Control, but also softening their pest-like impact and learning to live together. This advice will work for an range of deer species including the white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer and elk.
III. Prevention through Landscaping
* Do not over-fertilize: If the deer are eating your buds rather than your shrubs, you are likely over fertilizing. Over-fertilized grass is large, plump and juicy; it gets the deer wanting to come back for seconds.
* Create a diversion: Pick some plants that are favorites of deer to keep them away from the crops you don’t want them to eat. The notion is the deer will only stay where the more delectable crops are. Consider utilizing dogwood, crabapple, viburnum, pyracanthus, burning bush, burberry or white cedar.
IV. Damage Prevention
* Put up a weapon: You can’t just use any fence, however, because deer are leaping machines, and they can easily hurdle short fences. An 8-10ft high monster fence with at least one foot buried underground can surely do the trick.
If that doesn’t attract you, you can also try using an electric fence baited with peanut butter. Just remember to not put peanut butter on the fence while the electricity is switched on.
A small zap teaches deer a quick lesson. Be careful, though, so that your dogs, cats and kids will not get unintentionally electrified.
* Put tubes around the base of trees: This protects the little trees from getting munched on. Also, in fall, deer try to lose their antlers, and they rub them energetically against tree trunks. The tubes stand guard when antler-rubbing season comes together. Many commercial tree protectors are available, or you may simply make your own by slicing some corrugated drain pipe lengthwise and wrap it around the tree trunk.
* Protect plants with row covers: There are several sorts of row covers. Some are lightweight enough to just be draped on your plants, while others are configured to be suspended from hoops or stakes.