Managing Bambi: A Continuing (and never-ending) Series.

Ahhh, we’ve seen them already — in fact, they surfaced and began prancing about our neighborhoods weeks ago: The Deer.  We lunge outside to check our fences, and begin assembling our kinder, gentler arsenals:  deer sprinklers; bars of soap and bags of hair to hang on valued shrubs and ornamentals; predator urine; noise-makers; starts of deer-resistant (if occasionally boring) plants.  We contemplate the various chemical repellents, and peruse online recipes for home-made varieties.

Suuuure, it's all gentle sweetness when you're looking...

Suuuure, it’s all doe-eyed innocence when you’re watching ’em…

But who are these skittish — yet so determined! — interlopers, and how do we keep them (kindly, gently) at bay?

And so we launch a new regular feature on The Perennial Post, Managing Bambi, in an attempt to better know and understand our local odocoileus, and figure out what works and what doesn’t.

We’ll give you the latest info from WSU on deer-resistant landscaping and controls — but we also want to hear from you.  What’s been your biggest frustration in dealing with deer?  What’s worked for you, and what hasn’t?  Is lion pee really effective (and is it worth having a garden that smells like lion pee)?  And has anyone discovered anything that these guys won’t eat?!?

Submit your deer-related anecdotes using our Contact Page (choose “Managing Bambi” for the subject line), and we’ll include your successes, failures and funny stories in future posts!

And stay tuned for more on Managing Bambi


3 thoughts on “Managing Bambi: A Continuing (and never-ending) Series.

  1. I grow hostas, tulips and other edibles that deer like in an area that is not fenced and fully accessible to my bambi friends…I began spraying a couple of weeks ago with BobX,, this product is great, been doing it for a few years and I still grow my hostas and see the tulips in full bloom. I respray every two weeks or so. Some years in the past I have made my own with eggs, garlic, warm water and let it sit in the sun or over winter in 1 gal milk jugs and it also worked on my collection of asiatic lillies. Wouldn’t suggest for vegetables!!
    thats it folks
    Pat Reveles

  2. A couple of beautiful, yet food producing, plants that have proven to be deer proof are artichokes (members of the thistle family), and the unrelated jerusalem artichokes (sunflower relatives). I have even heard deer dislike the latter so much they will avoid going around them. Growing them in fencelines, etc. may provide some decrease in intrusions. And if you’ve ever thinned your artichokes and later inadvertently put a finger in your mouth you will know why the deer don’t eat them. The inedible part of the plant has the most bitter flavor you will ever encounter, bar none.
    Best of all these plants are perennial and so need little maintenance, produce food, and provide copious amounts of mulch when they die back in the fall and you are looking for material to winterize your garden with.

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