As I was working at my desk, I was startled by my dog who went into a barking fit. Why? I can not work with a barking dog. I look out the window and see a few gentle grazing deer. This upset the attentive cocker spaniel. I love the deer and welcome their serene and graceful presence. However, when I think of the plants that I would like to see blossom next spring, it occurs to me that I prefer to admire deer from afar, or at least in my neighbor’s garden rather than my own. Is it time to install the unsightly deer fencing and burlap, or is it time to consider other options? For those of you who would prefer have deer in someone else’s yard rather than your own, here are some natural alternatives to fencing in order to keep the deer at bay.
Deer will be deterred by foul odors. I find that Milorganite (a rather smelly, inexpensive fertilizer) is a very effective deer repellant and it fertilizes too!
Rodale’s Organic Life recommends this homemade (rather stinky) spray that helps keep deer away: In a gallon jug, mix 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of organic dish soap and some cut up hot peppers and fill the rest with water. Set in the sun for a day before spraying.
Create Some Unexpected Movement and/or Noise
“By simulating unexpected sights and sounds, you are triggering the deer’s main defense against prey,” says Professor Leonard Perry from The University of Vermont’s Department of Plant and Soil. For instance, by stringing up CDs around your garden, you’re creating a motion that deer are not used to, and they will spook. Another effective visual is creating a white flag about 10 inches long and five inches wide that resembles a white deer tail. “They see this ‘tail’ move, but no deer, and they often get spooked and flee.” Hanging up pie tins and aluminum cans does two things, creates an unusual visual and sound.
Add Some Plants
Next spring, perhaps you would like to surround your garden with a “fence” of aerobatic plants such as lavender, marigolds, Peony, Narcissus, Yarrow, sage or Oriental Poppy.
Let Your Dog Run Around
If you have a dog, encourage him or her to mark around your property. Deer will be discouraged from venturing in. This was the method I chose today after snapping a few photos. I let my little brown dog out to run through the yard. He wouldn’t hurt the deer and the deer won’t hurt him, they all just get a burst of exercise!
Author:Shaun Manning Phone: 347-612-9825 Dated: December 2nd 2017 Views: 454 About Shaun: Shaun's focus is on residential real estate in Fairfield, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and the surr...
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I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Lehman College in The Bronx. I had a very entrepreneurial mind and was ready to make my mark in the real estate world. I immediately purchased three multi-family houses in Binghamton, NY. They where fully occupied, however, the manner in which they were being run was not up to par. My brother helped me renovate several units, I let several tenants go and began renting primarily to Binghamton University students. After that, I hired a manager and was on my way.
Without question my favorite part of the business is working with first time buyers. In many cases it is much easier working with clients that have previously bought or sold, however, these transactions can lack enthusiasm. Buyers that have purchased before understand the lengthy process and usually know what's coming next. The first time buyer tends to be younger and has no idea of what to expect. They depend on my guidance and advice right through closing. They embrace challenges with a nervous yet positive outlook and every showing is an adventure. On the other hand, it's rather upsetting when a relationship builds with these clients for several months and comes to a sudden halt after a successful closing. I keep in touch of course with all of my clients but a hello every now and then is quite different than the four days a week contact over a several month period.