As many of you may also do, as often as I see deer in my yard, I still run to the window to gaze upon them. I don’t know what it is…I never get tired of looking at them. My husband and I just got back from a trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. When we were driving along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, there by the side of the road was a large buck with an impressive rack. We jumped out of the car to photograph him and he let us get right up to him. It was a truly amazing experience. But, nevertheless, as much as I like deer as wild animals, (or not so wild as they seem to be lately), they eat our trees and shrubs and THAT IS NOT ALLOWED!!!
Now, as most of you know from my landscape designs, the plants that I design with are deer “resistant”, plants that deer usually don’t nibble on. During a snowy winter though, when there is a limited amount of plant growth for them to eat, they will often stray from established patterns and feed upon our precious landscape plants.
The best defense, especially for those of you who live in areas with large deer populations, is a strong offense! Fencing your planting areas is a safe way to protect your plants from undue attention from our furry friends.
I believe one of the best things to use is black polypropylene deer fencing. It is barely visible from a distance and is like netting – the squares of the fencing are too small for the deer to get their mouths through. Attach it to posts and pin the bottom to the ground with galvanized stakes every 12 feet so deer can’t crawl under it. It can be used around your plantings and over them as well. I’ve seen it available in 6 ft., 7.5 ft. and 8 ft. heights. This is a good way to save our plantings from unwanted nibbling attention.