wayne fajkus wrote:Remesh with no posts should work. Thats probably $12 a tree. 6x6x10ga mesh 5ft tall. Form a circle and flip it over the tree. Easily removed to weed the area. Holes are big enough to reach in to weed it also.
I dont think deer would push it like cows do.
Not sure about rabbits. I have wild rabbits but have not seen any damage from them. They could get thru the fence.
Zane Baty wrote:I have not tried the bone sauce, I'd never heard of that until now. I'll look into it. Would it work to put three stakes around a tree and wrap it with chicken wire and put a deer repelling soap on the fence? Does anyone know how well the soaps work?
In the category of offensive scents is one of the easiest controls -- hanging bars of smelly soap in the garden, the stronger the scent the better. I actually buy them in bulk at the grocer, then cut them in half and hang in burlap or cheesecloth stapled to stakes in the garden in early spring. I find they are still scented going into the winter. If using soap bars, just don’t hang them directly on shrubs. The soap will drip down the stems, attracting rodents which eat the soap and the bark too. I have found some soaps may even attract small mammals such as raccoons, only to be dragged off and nibbled!
Studies actually have been done on soaps to repel deer, finding that those containing coconut oils may attract deer. The repellent factor seems to be tallow, that part derived from animal fatty acids. Studies have also found deer can feed to within three feet of soap in the garden. This means a 100-foot border may need over 30 bars of soap! I tend to use less, one about every ten feet or near special plants, and hope for the best.
Beware of the many repellents on the market, some expensive or requiring repeated applications, which may or may not work. None really work for all deer in all locations, depending on so many factors such as deer preferences and population pressure (too little food for too many deer, for instance).
For best control, remember some facts about deer. They are afraid of anything new, yet learn quickly and adapt to your strategies, so try several repellents and rotate them.
Mike Arr wrote:
One 100' roll of 36" high welded wire costs $60 at TSC and in about 30 minutes this can be cut into 4' sections which make 25 cages 16" in diameter. .
Mark Tudor wrote:I wonder if some motion sensor that could play a recording of barking dogs or Quiet Riot or anything that would spook deer could be an option?
Dennis Barrow wrote:We have a few deer in our area that are always in the neighbors yards, but not mine.
My kids built a fence a few years ago for my wife for mothers day. It is 6 feet tall, 6' wide fence boards with 1/4 " spacing.
Just down the road some folks have a chain link fence 6' tall and have deer in their yard all the time. We don't.
I figure it is because they can't see inside so won't jump the fence.
If they knew what was growing in my yard it would be a different story. And it would devastate us as we grow 60% of our own food.
I know it is not an orchard, but visibility may be a key to this also. I have seen many reflectors, cd's, special tapes, etc. that bounce any light around. I know that helps as the deer don't like it.
James Whitelaw wrote: One possible idea we’ve been mulling is guardian robots ...waiting for laughter to subside...seriously, we are already seeing autonomous sentry robots patrolling malls and such, why couldn’t small robots be deployed to patrol and chase off deer, birds or whatever.