[NAFEX] blackberry plants and deer
nottke1 at earthlink.net
Fri Feb 2 07:48:00 EST 2007
I live west of Winston-Salem, NC, and the deer eat all the young foliage off the thornless blackberries if I don't keep them fenced out.
Haven't had any girdling problems, but a neighbor who does not keep the grass away from his canes has had that problem. I keep mine mulched with leaf mulch, only an inch or two thick.
>From: drbeckl <drbeckl at yahoo.com>
>Sent: Feb 2, 2007 1:12 AM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] blackberry plants and deer
>I have bot 25 blackberry bare-root plants last fall, and have them
>the soil to plant in a new garden area in March or April. They are all
>thornless varieties: Arapaho, Navaho, Ouichita, Triple crown, Apache,
>I am going to plant them in a old hayfield, that is not yet fenced in.
>against deer. ]
>There are deer around this area that come in and eat at nite. I have
>noticed that deer here do not seem to eat the wild blackberry plants
>grow around here; but the wild b.b.'s have thorns on them. They also
>taste differently to deer than tame b.b.'s.
>I also have another main garden area fenced in with a electric fence to
>protect the food crops from the deer; but there is no room in that plot
>My question is: Will the deer damage the thornless blackberry plants ?
>i.e.: Do deer like to eat thornless blackberry plants ? Should I fence
>the blackberry patch before I do the planting of the b.b. plants ?
>I was hoping to postpone fencing in the blackberry plot until fall,
>if at all possible. But, if deer do like to eat thornless blackberry
>plants, then I will have to do the fencing before I set the bare-root
>Also; do I have to worry about field mice girdling the b.b. plants
>stems ??? Should I put plastic, or duct tape, around the lower stems
>protect them from being girdled by the field mice ??
> thanks for any help,
> dan in WVa, usda zone 6.
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