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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:23:09AM

Oh deer! Some strategies for protecting your landscape

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

If you live in an area populated by deer, you’ve probably dealt with their dining habits, more than likely without long term success. Fencing is usually the only option for the vegetable garden. If deer are nibbling your landscape plants, selecting plants deer do not like to eat is one method of outwitting deer.

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If you live in an area populated by deer, you’ve probably dealt with their dining habits, more than likely without long term success. Besides dining on your landscape, bucks will rub young trees, stripping the bark and killing them. If you’re trying to establish trees in an area heavily populated by deer, plastic trunk protectors may be called for.

Fencing is usually the only option for the vegetable garden. Corn (tender new growth), cow pea, sweet pea, sweet potato and tomato are their favorites. Regular fencing won’t deter deer. Deer can leap eight feet. Some methods are to place a single horizontal wire 3 feet above ground about 2½ feet from the fence. Extending the fence with metal posts and stretching nylon string spaced 8 inches apart to a height of 7 feet or more will deter them.

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