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9th June 2008, 11:29 AM
Haven taken all your good advice and planted some lovely roses. deer are earing the buds! - what can I do? - thanks
9th June 2008, 11:46 AM
This has been an issue a few times on here, you can see some of the previous discussions below:
Basically it seems the accepted method is fencing off around the property... that probably isn't what you wanted to hear, else you can try some of the other methods listed in those threads. If you do try any of them then perhaps you could let us know how you get on?
9th June 2008, 10:24 PM
Last year I bought Despres a fleur jeune, Madame Plantier, Meg, and wondered why they didn't seem to grow then( when I put my specs on !) I saw that as fast as they got a new shoot it was eaten off.Poor roses, it took them the whole of last year to recover. My garden is fenced off but some of the fencing is only about 3' high and last week my little dog surprised a deer in our garden and chased it off and it jumped the fence so easily and it was only a little muntjac deer. You would think I would have learned but this year my Celestial was suddenly naked and I realisedI hadn't got round to netting it! Anyway, I've put circles of wire netting around the base of each of my roses. It's the only thing to do if your garden is big and it isn't financially viable to fence your garden. So far, apart from when a piece of rose pops through the netting, this seems to work. There is a chance that it was mainly rabbits eating my roses as the higher shoots now seem to be left. (We also have plenty of rabbits in the garden!). Good luck
10th June 2008, 06:05 AM
Fences should be five metres (5!!!) high to be effective against deers.
This year I have no deers, because trees were cut in the forest nearby this spring.
"Disturbing" them is effective also.
19th May 2009, 05:13 AM
Deers were back since April in my garden....As always save last year.
I tried first the Tabasco-eggs recipe: no results.
Now I am triyng something which seems to give some results: I bought six LED-lamps
(with battery+ solar cells), something costing about 10 EUR each, and placed them
near to the most attacked roses. Since a week now there are no more damages.
I cross my fingers, but I know deers might well adapt to that as well.
So: they seem not to like the light...
19th May 2009, 01:47 PM
Sorry the recipe didn't work out, but I'm hoping the lights will work for you. Good idea. Maybe something that would trigger a sound, too? I thought I saw that somewhere...I will look.
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