[NAFEX] Plantskydd - Deer Repellent

Biz Storms biz.storms at sympatico.ca
Wed May 25 08:37:59 EDT 2005


I have used Plantskydd with great success. While the smell does linger for a 
day or two, the effects on repelling deer was remarkable and it was 
effective for months. We sprayed on the trees and around the perimeter of 
the orchard, as well. There wasn't single nibble and my trees sailed through 
the fall untouched, unlike the previous year where we lost an entire year's 
growth on about half the trees. I'll be applying to our orchard in the next 
week, with a follow-up application or two, summer and early autumn. A few 
words of advice - if you use the powdered form, start with a small amount of 
water and powder - to make a paste. Rather like when you make gravy. Then 
add in water and powder, alternating, until you get the amount you need. If 
you add water to the entire amount, it lumps up like crazy and also goes 
quite frothy. The paste way takes a bit of stirring, but saves you from 
having to deal with lumps. Also, rinse out your sprayer really well, since 
the smell of dried blood attracts the flies. ( Think Alfred Hitchcock.) 
They also have a liquid form, which makes things easier, but it depends on 
what quantity you need.

Cheers, Bizmark. Creemore, Ontario.  Zone 5

> Does anybody have any experience using chemical deer repellents (e.g.
> brands Liquid Fence, Tree Guard, Deer-Away, Deer-Off, Plantskydd, Plant
> Pro-Tec sticks etc.) for apple/pear/plum trees?  I'm in the Shenandoah
> Valley of Virginia.
> thanks,
> Paul
> Paul R. Cabe, PhD
> Associate Professor of Biology
> Washington and Lee University
> Lexington, VA 24450
> (540)458-8894
> (540)458-8012 (fax)
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