[NAFEX] blueberries and deer?

list at ginda.us list at ginda.us
Thu May 6 20:37:35 EDT 2004

i have light deer pressure, which means I have deer, and I always find 
some deer damage, but they rarely eat much.  (Of course, they 
selectively go for my apples and grapes. . .)  I also have blueberry 
bushes, both domestic ones and wild ones.  I have never noticed any 
deer damage on them.

Two pests I HAVE noticed are rabbits and birds.  If the blueberries 
aren't fenced, rabbits will eat every fruiting bud within reach.  For 
whatever reason, they don't eat the vegetative buds.  Once the berries 
begin to ripen the critical pest is birds, who will denude the bushes.  
I haven't found netting to be very effective - if it is tightly 
attached to the ground, it works as a snare, and I fish dead chipmunks 
and junkos out of it.  If it is not tightly attached to the ground, the 
bids find their way in.  A prowling cat has helped a lot, though.


On May 6, 2004, at 6:33 PM, Diane Whitehead wrote:

> I have not noticed that deer eat my three rather scrawny blueberry 
> bushes, but they are in a rather obscure spot, and maybe they just 
> haven't been noticed.
> I have bought more bushes and would like to plant them in better 
> conditions, which means into an area where the deer regularly browse. 
> Do they normally eat blueberry plants?  In which case, I will have to 
> plant them inside the deer fence with the vegetables, lilies and 
> tulips.
> -- 
> Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> maritime zone 8
> cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
> sandy soil
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