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Deer Dilemmas

The biggest threat to your lawn and gardens sometimes are not the pests that can ravage the area but, rather, the wildlife that can habitually eat away at your beautiful lawn and plantings. One such animal that we hear about often is the deer population damaging the landscaping of homes in our region. Let’s take a closer look at this deer dilemma and what you can do to protect your yard.

According to agricultural research, there were an estimated 500,000 white-tailed deer in the United States at the turn of the century. The most recent estimate is that their population has grown to over 25 million. That is a huge increase! That means that you are not mistaken to believe that you are seeing more and more deer in your region. This population explosion means that homeowners need to get savvy about how to avoid deer damage to their property.

There are many actions you can take to make your yard less attractive to deer, but the first step you will want to take is to be certain that deer are the problem and not some other wildlife. Check for deer prints or deer droppings in your yard. You may even spot a deer munching on your plantings. If you are uncertain, contact an expert that can tell you exactly what kind of animal is harming your lawn and garden.

Take Action

Once you have identified that deer are, in fact, the problem you can take action.

  • Fencing – Deer can jump, so if you are fencing in an area where the deer tend to graze, be sure that the fence is high enough, at least 6-feet tall.
  • Choose Deer-Resistant Plantings – Foxgloves, carnations, poppies, and lavender are all examples of plants that deer will naturally avoid. Plant these around your yard as a natural deterrent.
  • Loud or Sudden Noises – Deer are easily startled by loud noises. Wind chimes, a dog’s bark, and even a bell can scare off the invaders. Some homeowners set up a noise alarm that can deter the deer from setting up camp in your yard.

Do you have a deer problem? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.

Deer Damage

What an amazing sight it is to watch a white-tailed deer explore nature around us. These fairly gentle creatures can be awe-inspiring to watch especially after a coating of snow or when the morning is fresh with dew. Unfortunately deer can be anything but gentle to your plantings and trees. While deer need to make it through the winter too, what damage can they do to your property and how can you prevent it? Let’s take a look at deer damage. 

 

The white-tailed deer is a vital part of our ecosystem, but recently the population has exploded to the point that it is causing problems in suburban and farming areas. As the population of deer predators such as mountain lions and wolves has declined, the white tailed deer numbers have been growing steadily. The online resource Mass.gov reports that the deer population has topped at 95,000 with many homeowners noticing chewed and damaged plantings.

 

The damage that deer can do varies according to the behavior, age and, in some cases, the gender of the deer. For example, some deer can cause serious damage to newly planted seedlings and established trees by chewing on the leaves and buds. If the chewing happens regularly the deer could reduce growth rates. In addition, bucks rubbing their antlers on the stems can kill the tree entirely.

 

To prevent further damage some over-the-counter remedies include: netting or structures to surround and protect new plantings, spray repellent, and motion sensors to scare the deer away. Here at Pro-Tech Lawn Care we recommend that you give us a call to see what the deer is attracted to and find a humane and chemically responsible solution to your deer problem. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.

Deer Damage and Control

For many of us, spotting a white-tailed deer in our yard can take our breath away. They are gorgeous, majestic creatures which feed and raise families on the edges of woods and neighborhoods. While watching them can seem almost surreal, deer can also cause some serious damage to our plantings, trees, and bushes if they regularly visit the same yard and eventually raise their young in the area.

 

White-tailed deer have been growing in population for the past few decades and have reached well over 30 million according to the Department of Agriculture. That can spell disastrous consequences for farmers and homeowners who live in areas where the population explosion has pushed the deer even closer to gardens and agricultural lands. The population growth is caused in part due to the decline in predators such as grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars, as well as a decline in the hunting rates. The white-tailed deer is a species that flourishes in “edge” habitats so deforestation and building progress does not seem to impact the deer numbers.

 

Due to the location of “grinding” teeth within a deer’s mouth, these creatures twist and pull plants apart from ground level up several feet depending upon the size of the animal. When plantings are not available, these deer may strip the foliage off trees and even rip at the bark. Obviously this damage is compounded by the sheer number of deer that need to feed, especially in the northeast region of the United States.

 

Homeowners may need to take some steps to stop the damage or face losing even the strongest of plants and bushes in their yards.

  • Exclusion – Use exclusion techniques such as fences to stop the damage. Homeowners may need to consult with professionals about the type and height of fencing that is needed depending upon your property and the types of plantings.
  • Scare Techniques – Some homeowners have taken to the traditional scarecrow scare technique while others have tried the more technologically advanced technique of sensors that blast a loud noise or flashing light if a deer trips the sensor.
  • Repellents – Some homeowners try repellents that cause deer to avoid the area for feeding. However, be certain this is something you want to try if you have small children, pets, or just want to avoid chemicals of any sort.
  • Call the Professionals – Call lawn care experts who can examine you deer issue and find a solution for your unique property. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733.

White Tailed Deer

Most homeowners think of the famed Disney character Bambi when they envision a white tailed deer. And who doesn’t love Bambi??? The majestic way that these beautiful creatures gallop or quietly feed in your yard can be quite breathtaking. Well, that is unless you are watching a herd of white tailed deer chew and destroy your garden or plantings that you worked so hard all spring and summer to nurture. With deer numbers  markedly increasing over the past few decades, it is no wonder many homeowners see deer as a nuisance.

Why Are Deer Becoming a Problem?

Humans have slowly eliminated the natural predators of the white tailed deer and suburbs have quickly encroached on formerly natural open areas, woods and farm fields. Both issues have compounded the problem for homeowners and farmers in our northeast region. Due to these two changes, deer have been estimated to damage hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of landscaping yearly and make your yard a minefield of scat. This should come as no surprise as deer can eat 6 to 10 pounds of food daily, tearing leaves from plants and bark from trees, leaving 2-inch long gouges, and weakening plants. Deer love tender new growth, but they’ll nibble on every branch within their reach, from the ground to 6 feet up.  

Deer may look graceful and serene and are many times scared easily by humans and our methods of scaring them away. Here are a few methods to try to “do-it-yourself” deer exclusion.  If you have a recurring deer problem you will want to call in the professionals at Pro-Tech to examine what is drawing the deer to your yard and how to exclude them from it.

  • If you do want to grow deer favorite food then keep those  plants close to the house.
  • Plant pungent perennials as a barrier.
  • Install fencing or tall bushes that make it difficult to enter your yard.
  • Thorny, prickly foliage tend to dissuade deer from eating in certain areas.
  • Make deer resistant substitutions for your favorite plantings.
  • Try scare tactics or homemade organic repellants.
  • In order to keep deer away from your yard and garden, it is important to choose plants that will not attract deer.  Here is a short list of some of the best and worst plants for avoiding deer problems:

    Attract deer problems:

    • Azaleas
    • Tulips
    • Pansies
    • Hybrid roses
    • Impatiens
    • Garden phlox
    • Daylilies
    • Fruit trees (apple, cherry, plum, peach, apricot)
    • Nuts (acorns, beechnuts, hickory nuts)
    • Mushrooms
    • Vegetables (beans, potatoes, corn, peas, alfalfa)
    • Grasses, ferns, and clover

    Avoid deer problems:

    • Daisies
    • Tiger lilies
    • Wisteria
    • Irises
    • Geraniums
    • Dahlias
    • Wormwood
    • Boxwood
    • Scented herbs (mint, lavender, oregano, thyme)