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Rabbits and deer
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phil forsythe    Posted 05-31-2004 at 04:09:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I bought a gallon of repellent for 40.00 and they are eating plants like a buffet. Is there something cheap I can do to keep the deer and rabbits out of the garden? thanks, phil


jfky    Posted 05-31-2004 at 05:56:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had good success with the fishing line as stated below for deer.


TomH    Posted 05-31-2004 at 07:38:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've used the fishing line trick to keep birds out of cherry trees too. Use the lightest, most invisible line you can get, but string it fairly tight so they don't get tangled and remove it as soon as you pick the fruit.


DD    Posted 05-31-2004 at 05:38:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anybody ever heard of using human hair to repel these critters? I was told they dont like it, or was this only someone pulling my leg? They said to clean out your hairbrush (I imagine getting the clippings from a Barber shop would work too) and put some in a piece of panty hose and scatter them all around your garden. I was told it leaves a human scent there and makes them critters think that you're in the garden and they will scamper off. I don't have a garden so if anyone tries this and it works Please let me know : )


DD    Posted 05-31-2004 at 08:22:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do know that all the plastic and rubber snakes my Dad has tied to our Orange trees keep the birds away : ) I was out looking at that tree yesterday and it looks like we won't be getting the 20 or so gallons of Orange Juice from it this year like we have in years past. The weather has been too dry here so far but the oranges on it all look like they are doing good so far : ) MMMMMMM Not much better than a fresh squeezed cold glass of OJ with all that pulp in it on a hot day.


Alias    Posted 05-31-2004 at 04:59:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Phil,

I can't help with the rabbits. But, I have not seen a deer track in my garden since I strung fishing line around the perimeter.

I have a large garden, so I used a metal fence post at each corner with posts in between. Next, I strung clear monofiliment fishing line from post to post. I used swivel type fish line hooks to attach the string at each post. this way, I can take down only the line in the area that I'm working.

The line I use is 20# test and I do not draw it tight. It should have a little sag so that if a deer walks into it, it will give without breaking. aAlso, it should be set at a height that will strike the deer legs at about the knees or a little above. Approx. 2 to 2-1/2 feet. The premise is that Deer don't like anything touching them that they can't see.

Of course, you can experiment and come up with whatever works best for you. So, give it a try and let me know what, if any, success you have.
........GFP


E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 05-31-2004 at 04:53:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Phil, hope this helps, its not real cheap but
it will work.


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