Deer in the garden?


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,407 admin
    edited August 2021

    Great idea. Will have to get on this.

    Now something for the bears.

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 951 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I love that video. Don't spend a lot of money on a deer-proof fence; just psych them out.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    Really cool idea. Sounds like a must try on my neighborhood deer herd.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,218 admin
    edited August 2021

    Please report back everyone! I know that not everything works in every situation. It would be good to get confirmation from more than one source.

    @torey That's funny! I was thinking that that is the ultimate, if only I found something to keep bears out too!

    Our dogs have been good enough to not have to worry about bears or deer in the garden. We have had bears around, but it is not a common occurrence. We are far enough from most frequented places that it isn't a huge issue.

    I just remember my friend in BC who said that nothing seems to deter a bear from chicken coops and said after having hers destroyed multiple times after trying to fortify it that it was next to impossible.

  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,275 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm going to try this! They're building so much around us that after 20 years deer are jumping our privacy fence! They ate all 12 of my okra plants. I think they had been munching on my potato plants so when I dug them up the deer moved on to my okra because my okra were fine until the potato plants were gone. I hate it so much!!

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Our fence is higher than they suggest, and strong up to its top, but it's still low enough that they could jump it if they really wanted to.

    However, they have never tested it, and I think part of the reason is all the raised beds framed with foot-high wood panels. The deer probably see the beds and see an obstacled that could break their legs on landing.

  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,275 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My husband just cut the grass in the backyard and sent me pictures of poops in basically a straight line from my neighbors yard (both our yards are fenced in) to my now eaten okras.

    I'm hoping they don't like squash, beans, peppers, or tomatoes because that's all I have left.