While there are numerous ways to keep deer out of a garden, the simplest way is to build a fence. This requires fencing that is 10 to 12 feet tall, fence posts, a shovel and clips to attach the fence.
Use a tape measure to find the measurement of the perimeter of the area you want to fence.
Deer can jump high, but not over long distances. There are two effective options for fencing. The first option is to purchase fencing that is at least 10 feet high. A deer can only jump approximately 8 feet high, so this option prevents access. Another option is to purchase a shorter fence, approximately 6 feet high, and install it at a 45 degree angle. Deer cannot maintain a jump for the increased distance of the angle. The cross pieces of the fence should be no further than 8 inches apart so the deer cannot squeeze through.
Dig the post holes and firmly secure the fence posts. For extra stability, concrete may be added to the holes. Attach the fence to the posts, stretching to take up any slack.
To get rid of groundhogs, frighten them away with motion devices or simply use live traps as they exit their burrows. Alternatively, pouring ammonia solution in their holes keeps groundhogs away from your garden. Controlling them with fencing is also effective when the wire fence is raised and supplemented with an electric wire. Be sure to check for restrictions in your area before tackling your groundhog problem.Full Answer >
Deer ticks live for several months without a host, and females only attach to three hosts in a lifespan of about two years. Males often only attach to two and die shortly after mating. They only attach to each host for a few days.Full Answer >
Daffodils, foxgloves, poppies, lavenders, peonies and bearded irises are examples of deer-resistant flowers. Others are snapdragon, butterfly bush, Lenten roses and purple coneflower. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, although no plant is completely deer-resistant, deer tend to avoid poisonous, fragrant and prickly plants.Full Answer >
A mixture of citrus oil, molasses and liquid dish detergent can be poured directly onto ant mounds to get rid of red ants in the garden. A compound called d-limonene in citrus peels is toxic to ants and is the key component to their elimination. The mixture may require several applications to completely eliminate the colony but typically begins to reduce ant populations after the first application.Full Answer >