We Grow Every Year

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 16:14 -- admin

-Tree wrap the bottom 3-4' of the stem for winter (a white plastic wrap with a slit is better than the spirals or black weeping tile). The most important trees to protect are fruit trees and smooth-barked trees, and will also help reduce frost cracking and sunscald.

-Stucco wire fences can be built easily to ward off deer and rabbits. Attach both ends of a ~10' length of stucco wire to a stake around the tree trunk; use appropriate lengths to surround a shrub. The is most appropriate for low-branched or multi-stemmed fruit trees (where the branches lie near the snow line), or shrubs like cedars that are high on a deer's list of favourite snacks.

-Deterrent substances like Scoot or chili peppers can be effective, though they may need to be re-applied after rain and wet snowfall. Human hair scattered around plants or hanging soap (like Irish Spring) from branches may also help keep deer away.

-Fencing the area tends to be the most guaranteed way to keep deer off your valued plants - whether it's just your garden or your entire yard. If the yard is very open, fences 12'+ or a double 6' row with a few feet in between may be necessary for complete prevention; in forested areas a single 6' fence is often sufficient to discourage most deer from even trying. It should be made of visible material like wire or wood.

-Grow deer deterrent plants around the entire perimeter of a garden or orchard. Daffodils, Foxglove, Yarrow, and asparagus are examples of plants deer do not like. This may work best in combination with other deterrents.

-Keep a dog that lives outdoors. Just be aware that puppies can sometimes chew plants themselves!

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