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.
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…