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    • No – these dudes will walk down the middle of the road. If you toss stones or yell and scream they will leave. Until you go away, then they come back….

  1. Have you considered a dog? I have been using granules called Repel-All ( from Lowes) that has done well for at least keeping rabbits and armadillos out of the garden.

    • Actually, our daughter and son-in-law will be staying with us starting this fall while she heads back to school. They come complete with a golden retriever and a german pointer… Both think deer are just wonderful – to chase….

  2. Get Irish Spring Soap – they hate the smell. ?
    I know you’ll have to replace it but if you rub it on the boundary fence and hang it from branches, it should keep them out. …. Or so I’ve been told!

  3. My last 3 words on the subject: highly aromatic plants. I have a few more rosemary and lavender each year, strategic deployed around the most attractive and vulnerable others, i.e. rose of sharon.

    Seems to help, from our high count of 22 six years ago to 3 this year (SO far, of course.)

    • I’m thinking your friend the bow-n-arrow hunter might have been a help as well. Issue here, of course, is that succulents do best due to elevation and lack of water…

  4. Have you tried .308 spray? Or .223 spray? Maybe 9mm.

    Back here in Minnesoooota I’ve pretty much given up. I use 6′ fences around young trees. Otherwise it’s hopeless.

    I hope my advice helps!

  5. Don’t have any of those available. About to go to high chickenwire decorated with flapping strips of cloth…

  6. I have shrubs and trees at all heights so when they came in large numbers it was easy to tell
    how high the critters could reach and saved some pruning- if I’d wanted that level of shape…..

    Brad has threatened to get me a Paintball gun in the past, but we really don’t have enough
    damage to do anything, at least until another deer “Starving Time” comes.

    • Paintball gun – now that seems like a fun idea! Of course, some animal rights person will then get upset about “toxic chemicals” used on the poor deer!

    • physical barriers work best, but it will not be great for our enjoyment of the garden. OTOH, it is not like I want to sponsor the deer highway that has developed from our back line through our garden, across the driveway and down the hill next to the garage….

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