Weeds And Deer
Posted June 20, 2012 - 06:45 AM
Considering at the beginning of the season I was hauling water out there because it was waaaaay too dry, it's very discouraging.
On top of that, deer have been gnawing the tops off my tomatoes and potatoes. The garden is too close to houses and the highway to shoot the deer, plus it's well out of season, so I tried the human hair thing. That's worked in years past, but not this time. I don't want to use mousetraps because the dogs like to help when I'm out there.
I know the solution to the weeds...a hoe and some back-breaking labour. Anybody have any idea how to keep the deer away though?
Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:21 AM
The wife read somewhere that Irish Spring soap would repel them. So We bought a bunch of bars and cut them in thirds punched a hole through and tied strings to them and hung them on the fence. It worked and the beans recovered so we got some beans.
So this year I bought a small Hand sprayer, and the liquid Irish Spring Body wash(just pour a little in and fill with water) and have been spraying my garden every couple weeks. And for the most part the critters have left things alone.
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Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:18 PM
That is true in Iowa as well, pretty much to the letter. But on the East 1/4 mile away is a housing development and to the north where the garden is the neighbor has stock cows. It may be legal, but I have a hunch a few shots with the 444 would stir up all kinds of hate & discontent?
We have a farmer south of here that has a few hundred deer in the last few years. He grows corn and if they get into his corn, he can shoot them and leave them lay. He cant move them are harvest the meat, he has to leave we're he shot them, so he can prove they were into his corn. And it's all legal here.
I had coons get in the attic of a house I had about 10 miles from here. I called the county conservation officer. He said" laws did not really apply to nusiances (SP?) animals. handle them as you see fit and don't even tell me about it."
Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:31 PM
The wife's hair dresser trapped and drowned over 20 shunks from under her house. The city code enforcer showed up to give her a ticket for trapping inside the city limits. She was HOT!! Read that guy the riot act, told him she called the city numerous times about the problem, and they didn't do anything about them. She dug one out of the trash she had just killed handed it to him and told to do his job and get rid of it.
After a few minutes he left, and she hasn't heard a thing since.