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  • Any ideas on how to keep deer out of gardens? Other than a 8 ft high fence.

    Any ideas on how to keep deer out of gardens? Other than a 8 ft high fence.

  • #2
    Try a string with some soda cans with small rocks in it, and ring your garden at about the height of the deer's chest. Works in some places if they aren't too bold don't seem to like the feel of the string or the noise when they bump it.

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    • #3
      An electric fence works well for a friend of mine.

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      • #4
        A nine foot high fence? I've heard that if you go to the barber shop and get a bunch of human hair and sprinkle it around, the deer will stay away. You have to freshen it up every couple of days.

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        • #5
          A good, two or three strand electric fence, or shooting them (when and where legal) are about the only good solutions I know of.

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          • #6
            The hair thing actually does work. Although I ran out of hair in 1998. Very sad.

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            • #7
              So, here's a little trick/tactic I've used in the past that seemed to work like a charm albeit not for an entire growing season. Take your deer decoy or 3D deer target and put it in your garden. As we know, deer are territorial and the sight of another deer already in your garden should dissuade them--at least for a while. I used a bedded doe decoy with great success. I would move the deke every week or so.

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              • #8
                A little piece of lead right behind the ear.

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                • #9
                  Labradors love to chase deer. You'll get a friend, a guard and a lifetime of memories. And maybe more produce from your garden, Labs don't like veggies.

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                  • #10
                    MO Marine - That may be generally true about Labs and vegetables, but it's not always the case - we have an 11-year-old Lab who absolutely loves veggies. Carrots, cabbage, corn, beets; you name it, she loves it. We used to let her into the garden at night to run off the coons that were raiding the sweet corn, until we discovered that she was doing more damage than the coons!

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                    • #11
                      We used to play a radio loud with ROCK MUSIC in the garden to keep out coons and deer. A 5 gallon bucket on it's side with a radio in it kept the radio dry in the rain. Today, I suppose RAP Music might work even better. Classical music didn't work as well. Today my dogs seem to work the best. I have invisible fence that only allows them to the garden's edge because they love eating corn and melons.

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