[NAFEX] Re: deer repellents and fences

Louisa Rogoff Thompson louisathompson at erols.com
Fri May 27 09:10:11 EDT 2005


I've had good results with deer-deterring tablets in the root ball.  
Repellex is one brand.  It takes about 6 weeks for the plant to absorb 
them, but then they last for about 18 months.  If you are most troubled 
by deer in the winter, you would put the tablets in by mid-summer.  Like 
any method, they will only work if the deer can find other food.  The 
smell is noticeable to people only while handling the tablets, and is 
minimal compared to sprays.  I think they affect the taste of the plant 
more than its smell.  What I don't know is whether they would affect the 
taste of the fruit!  Anyone know?  But if you want to protect young 
trees that you won't harvest within 2 years, this is the most 
cost-effective way.

I've heard that a double fence is more effective than a single one, and 
can be much lower.  It should be very visible, like snow fence.  
Apparently deer do not have good depth perception and can't tell whether 
they can leap a double fence, so they don't try.  I would guess the two 
fences should be 3-4' apart.  Has anyone ever done this, or know any 
more specifics?

Louisa Thompson
Columbia, MD, zone 7B

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Subject: [NAFEX] Re: nafex Digest, Vol 28, Issue 48

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.


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