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Old 06-19-2015, 07:53 AM
 
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Yes I'm in Cary. No, not all the houses are beige. The row of houses 1 street over from me are all different colors (blue, green, yellow, white, salmon).
No HOA.
Yes I spoke to my landscaper about deer & rabbits.
My back yard is completely fenced; deer can't come in; that's where the hostas are.
Yes I have a detailed plan with all the plant names (see first post in this thread for the list) and I know exactly where each plant type is located.

We are due to get rain over the weekend and into next week as well.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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.... deer can't come in

We are due to get rain over the weekend and into next week as well.
Bwahhhhhhaaaaaaa.........."Deer Can't Come in!" How about walking in through the wide open front yard, or unless the fence is at least 12 feet tall, they can just jump right over it! Get yourself some Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent...a gallon runs about $80.00 and when diluted, will last through the season. Use a pump sprayer to apply it every few days. In this hot weather, when the deer are looking for things more succulent that dry grass, they will clean you out if you don't protect your plantings. Hostas are like chocolate.

Water. Water. Water. Every day. Twice a day to start. Once September/October rolls around and it starts to cool off, go to a couple of time each week. Then once a week until the ground hardens over for winter.

Deer repellent and water are cheap expenses to protect your multi thousand $$$ investment. Don't hesitate to use a LOT of both.

(Just busting you about the deer....but it IS a serious problem. Don't get lulled into thinking you are safe. Ever.)

Nice looking property. When the plants fill in....use a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote to keep them strong....it will really be stunning.

PS...just looked more closely at your plantings. Are u at all handy? For about $500 you can install a drip irrigation system--the main lines will be hidden under the mulch, and you can put a drip nozzle at each plant. Will save you a LOT of effort, and water expesne, and your plants will love it.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I'm pretty sure the OP is well aware of the damage deer can do.It comes up in every conversation no matter who or where. Around here a 7ft deer fence is plenty high and I live beside a hundred year old deer path and a whole herd passes by twice a day to and from the farmers' field. I've seen a few wistfully looking through the fence at my lush garden but nobody has tried to jump it.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:40 PM
 
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Y'all are assuming my house is the only house around and the 4 hostas are the only food source any deer could find, and their desire for my 4 little hostas is so great they will jump my 8ft fence just to get at those very hostas, versus, you know, finding easier pickings in yards around me that are not fenced at all and have more lush gardens.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Depending upon the severity of the winter and the position of the house relative to the wind you may need to protect the encore with burlap screens. I had azaleas for over 25 years and never had a problem in my old home. This past winter my first with the new house landscaping, the winter was not kind to the encores. I didn't lose them but they did suffer wind damage. I already have the burlap for this year.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:33 AM
 
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My azaleas are in a protected area. However, my neighbor planted azaleas many years ago along the strip that is between our 2 driveways and is not protected from the weather and those have done fine for the 9 years I've lived in my house.
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