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Old 04-28-2015, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I remember reading that deer don't like to walk on rocks to get to plants. I planted a fringe tree- Grancy
grey beard a few years ago. it is supposed to be deer resistant but my deer seemed to like it. They also rubbed it really bad. So I had 6 ft stakes and deer fencing put around it in a triangle. I don't like that as it is seen from the street. We have some nice boulders on our property we would be willing to put around the tree for protection and it wouldn't look so bad to maybe put an attractive 3 ft white garden fence either inside or outside those boulders if the combination will keep the little a holes away from my tree.

please...no advice about Irish Spring or Dial soap, spraying, moth balls, human hair, motion detectors hooked up to water, urine or anything else. We tried them all till we finally broke down and paid for expensive 7ft deer fence for the back yard and what is left of plant material in the front yard is being moved to the back gardens. I don't want to move the Grancy Grey Beard.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I think the kind of stones that would be affective are the ones used in drive ways. Not sure what they're called but bigger than gravel. You could make a circle and it'd have a mulch type look.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Deer aren't avid climbers so adding terraces or sunken beds can discourage them from coming into the yard. If your property is particularly woodsy and sprawling, consider stacking pallets, wood or branches around your property, which deer are afraid to walk or jump on.
You can also try to string a line of monofilament around your beds, or yard. It doesn't have to be high, just about 2-3' above ground. Deer can't comprehend the concept of glass, this clear, taut barrier also confuses deer, ultimately causing them to flee.
Cheap and effective. It will be pretty invisible from the street.
My friends swear that really works.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I wasn't familiar with your tree; so I looked it up: Fringe Tree — The Best Native Tree Nobody Grows | Southern Living Blog. If you notice under the facts it states that it has no pest - apparently you did not teach your deer to read!
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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Deer aren't avid climbers so adding terraces or sunken beds can discourage them from coming into the yard. If your property is particularly woodsy and sprawling, consider stacking pallets, wood or branches around your property, which deer are afraid to walk or jump on.
You can also try to string a line of monofilament around your beds, or yard. It doesn't have to be high, just about 2-3' above ground. Deer can't comprehend the concept of glass, this clear, taut barrier also confuses deer, ultimately causing them to flee.
Cheap and effective. It will be pretty invisible from the street.
My friends swear that really works.

.....line of filament...

It sounds good, but if that's the case why do gardens near me have 7 ft fences around them if only one line of filament would do the job ?

When I asked them why the fence, they replied........." I have tried everything else before erecting the fence "
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I bet over the 5 years we lived here before we got the deer fence we spent as much as the fence cost on repellents, soap, coyote urine, motion detectors. Deer fence business is good around here.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I wasn't familiar with your tree; so I looked it up: Fringe Tree — The Best Native Tree Nobody Grows | Southern Living Blog. If you notice under the facts it states that it has no pest - apparently you did not teach your deer to read!
You'd think living in a university town they would be able to read! Must be Common Core's fault.

They are supposed to avoid balloon flower, cone flower,salvia and lots of other things they dine on in my yard. These deer must be from nearby DUKE !!!!
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I learned the trick with deer is to deflect their path. They like to stay on same routine path but when it gets blocked off, they need to take a detour and a new path, after time they will get used to the new path and find other sources of food and drink. Sometimes the property setup or size is hard to achieve this.

It worked for a neighbor of mine. Deers would always go into his backyard from the front and munch on his vegetables and landscape.

So between the house and fence line on side of property, He put up plywood, gate, cinder blocks, ect. It was an eye sore but the deer stopped. 1 yr later he takes it down and still no deer. They found new dinner table elsewhere.
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