AAACCCKKK! Bad garden things alert

AAACCCKKK!

AAACCCKKK!

AAACCCKKK!

Deer Damage and Frost! Ugh.

I found the deer damage yesterday afternoon. I suppose this is what I get for going all philosophical about the tulips. Good old Mother Nature sends me a reminder that you should never take your garden too seriously.

I went and got a bar of Irish Spring soap, original scent. I used it after the last time I found deer damage in the yard. The super strong smell is suppose to help keep the deer away. It seemed to work in the area where they were munching before. So maybe it will work here.

The mailman is going to think I am nuts with all these bars of soap laying around my yard. The neighbors will understand though.

The poor woman across the street literally has her whole yard under netting. Someone in the deer community told everyone that her yard was the local all-you-can-eat buffet. The deer will eat everything in sight if she doesn’t net her plants.

And I guess I am going to have to apologize to everyone. I jinxed us. I talked about how warm it was last November and Mother Nature sent an unusual (though not that unusual) late April frost.

Officially, Cleveland’s last frost date is May 18th, but I always pretend that I don’t remember that and these late April frosts surprise me.

Well, hopefully Jack Frost has played his last trick for the year and has high tailed it to somewhere in Australia! I wish I could hope the same for the deer, but I know better than that.

4 thoughts on “AAACCCKKK! Bad garden things alert
  1. HANNA YOU SUCK — MAYBE YOU SHOUDN’T HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE THAT WAS BUILT ON LAND WHERE DEER LIVED AND GRAZED BEFORE YOUR UGLY HOUSE APPEARED. FYI – I GUESS THE DEER FAILED TO GET YOUR MEMO TO STOP EATING!!! SINCE YOU HATE NATURE MAYBE YOU SHOULD STAY IN THE CITY AND LIVE SURROUNDED BY CEMENT!!

    OTHERWISE, DEAL HANNA- PLANTS GROW BACK. MAYBE SOMEONE NEEDS TO HUNT YOU—————

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  2. Hanna on

    Deer are yummy.

    Did you know that deers cause thousands of car accedents a year and dozens of human deaths. Ever see what a car does to a deer or a deer to a car? It is not pretty.

    Did you know that the deer population is now so large that they starve to death in the winter. Litterally starve. Do know what it feels like to starve to death?

    The deer population is out of control and they have no natural predators left in Ohio. They breed like rats and there is nothing to keep them from it.

    And FWIW, I do live in a city. The city I live in has been here for 100 years. My house is 80 years old. And before all that, my street was a railway. Not quite all concrete but not quite wooded country either. Heck, I have even seen deer in downtown Cleveland. I am not encroaching on their land. They are coming onto mine.

    So, sure a bleeding heart like yourself can get all mad because I don’t like deer and they are “just so damn pretty” but trust me, sweetheart, you are not doing the damn deer any favors by thinking that they should not be hunted.

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  3. Easy,

    As a rule of thumb we do not need to hunt deer. It is a two part approach. First, watch your plant selection. Try to limit anything that is like candy. Also try to plant herbs and perennials and annuals with grey foliage. These plants will deter the deer from your garden. Lastly, super soak your garden with an all organic, all natural deer solution. You can either create your own concoction or purchase some at your local garden center or online. Most of these products work systemically, but I would still recommend reapplying once a month or after a heavy rain spell.

    A trick that I have found is to mix up the sprays because eventually the deer will grow a tolerance to the solution and become immune.

    Finally, the deer will figure out that all of your flowers have a sour taste and move onto the next smorgasbord (your neighbor garden).

    Evan Santi
    President
    NYClandscapes.com

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  4. I hate to disagree with an expert from a landscaping company, but, I have tried picking deer resistant plants (they particularly like the spikey leaves of my holly plants). I have tried surrounding my yard with allium, chives and onions. I have used coyote urine, human urine, cayenne pepper, human hair, dog hair, a repellant with capsaicin and some foul smelling deer repellent called Liquid Fence. NONE of it works. I can’t put up a fence in my sub-division. Nor can I shoot a gun or bow and arrow here. Unless someone can come up with something that really works, I’m on to poisonous plants. If they are going to eat my landscaping, I’ll pick a diet I prefer they have.

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