Take the Bite Out of Deer Damage

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

(ARA) - When Bambi invites all his friends to dinner this spring, make sure it's not in your yard. If you don't protect your landscaping, Bambi and his friends will be crunching tulips like candy and popping peas right off the vine. And you can bet they'll be stealing your prize tomatoes this summer and munching your mums in the fall.

With deer tipping the 30 million population mark and suburban sprawl on the rise, it's no wonder these unwanted creatures are cruising your neighborhood and destroying your yard in the process.

"We garden to create our own private patch of Eden and escape the demands of daily life," says Rhonda Massingham Hart, author of Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden. "When deer violate these living sanctuaries they damage more than plants. They hurt us."

It's more than frustrating to spend your time, effort, and money to turn your yard into a haven only to find your new flowers and shrubs have been mowed down by hungry deer and rabbits. It's expensive. With an adult deer eating between 6 and 10 pounds of food per day, deer damage costs homeowners millions of dollars annually.

* There goes the neighborhood ... one bite at a time.

The expansion of suburbs, roads and golf courses is creating perfect "deer smorgasbords" with tender young shrubs, pretty flowers, lush lawns and now abundant vegetable gardens at their taking. The truth is, no plants are truly "deer proof."

"Deer are creatures of habit and stay near a good food source -- like your backyard," says Dave Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Association. "And they're not afraid of city life so a lush garden or lawn is a magnet for hungry deer and rabbits."

* Oh, deer ... what to do?

Forget putting a radio blaring in your azaleas, fabric softener sheets strewn over your flowers or soap dangling from tree branches. Bambi and friends will enjoy the music as they play with the soap and dine alfresco using the sheets as placemats.

But be forewarned: An ounce of prevention in spring is worth a pound of cure.

According to Mizejewski, "It's much easier to prevent critter damage than it is to stop the foraging cycle once it's begun. Repellents are designed to smell or taste bad to critters." He recommends all-natural repellents that stop critters from eating your plants, are safe for the environment and don't harm wildlife.

* Back off, Bambi.

Deer rely heavily on their super-sensitive noses to find food and sense danger, but it's also their Achilles' heel.

That's why a liberal application of a proven effective, all-season deer repellent such as Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent on and around landscaped gardens stops unwanted visitors cold from dining on plants they find irresistible.

It works on "scent" and dries odorless to us but not to deer and rabbits, so they don't have to take a bite to be effective -- unlike other repellents that require the deer to "munch away." Once they get a sniff, even rabbits will be hopping back to the forest and not toward your carrots or pansies.

In today's economy, you really can't afford not to protect your valuable plants and yard. "Folks spend too much time and money on the perfect plants to let the deer and rabbits spoil it all by eating them," says world-renown horticulturist, native plant breeder and author Dr. Allan Armitage.

"I've been a fan of Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent since my first application years ago," he says. "It's the No. 1 repellent on the market, and I wouldn't trust my garden to anything else."

* Garden Survival Guide

Armitage recommends spraying a repellent in the spring as soon as the tender shoots appear, and around all plants, trees and shrubs.

And you don't need to buy different repellents to rotate applications and reapply weekly to see great results. Rotating repellents is an urban myth.

Today folks are looking for ways to save "green" while they "go green." Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent is actually less expensive than the green alternatives so you can feel good that it's safe for the environment as well as your kids, pets, plants and your wallet.

Repellent should be applied monthly and can withstand about 1 inch of rain. It's a good idea to reapply after a heavy downpour of an inch or more.

* All Together Now

And if Bambi invites his other friends -- rabbits, geese, moles, snakes and other unwanted critters, The Liquid Fence Company has a complete line of natural, environmentally safe solutions to keep them out of the garden and in the woods.

For more information visit www.liquidfence.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent