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Like most mammals, white-tailed deer do less in the chilly winter months. They do not go into hibernation like bears; but they do become less active, dropping their metabolism in half. The less they move, the less they will need to eat.
There are plenty of edible plants to grow in wintertime; and deer know it, but they will have to go searching for them on lawns and gardens and brush through the snow, in some cases. Until deer find "the good stuff," they will indulge on tree bark, leaves, twigs and nuts.
Plants that can be grown by home growers in the winter include: garlic, leeks, onions, radishes, lettuce, peas, potatoes, chard, spinach, rhubarb, and other leafy greens such as bok choy and kale. Gardeners will need to keep close eye on their winter crops and keep deer away from them with deer fencing among other deer management techniques. Planting garlic, for example, is a good idea to rid deer, as this herb is deer resistant (deer hate the taste and smell of garlic bulbs).
Deer have to eat; but it doesn't have to be from home gardens. Protect gardens from deer damage this winter.
It's a favorite time of the year for deer: mating season. Have you noticed the damage to trees? That is from bucks rubbing their antlers against tree bark in an attempt to remove the dried velvet. This action makes them look more appealing to lady doe; and for what reason? Sex. (ugh, men.)Deer mating season [...]
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Peaches are one of America's favorite fruits to eat in summertime; and they are simple to grow; but how easy are these types of fruit trees easy to protect? Here are easy orchard management strategies to keep away deer and other critters courtesy of DeerbustersCanada:1. Tree GuardsFruit trees, such as peach trees, do not produce fruit [...]
Hikers will be the first to state that part of the walking adventure is within the woods looking at the diverse types of trees in the forest. Each tree tells a story about age, tree type and health. For forestry professionals, their job is to care for the forests and when they see trees decline [...]
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Hungry deer in the northeastern U. S. are likely changing the acoustics of their forests by eating up bushes, small trees and other leafy plants that normally would affect the transmission of natural sounds such as bird calls."The deer are very, very over abundant," says Megan Gall, an ecologist at Vassar College who studies how [...]
Just because it's now 2019, doesn't mean that deer troubles are over. In fact, deer movement persists in the winter time as whitetails becoming even more desperate to find food. Throughout the fall, deer had leaves and twigs to fall back on - when they weren't eating winter crops from home gardens; but now, the gardens [...]
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Deer love to eat; farmers and gardeners would even suggest that they live to eat! How much do deer eat?The average deer eats 6-8 pounds of food each day from grassy and forest areas. They can be picky eaters; but prefer sweet smelling flowers and sweet tasting plants such as fruits, berries, nuts, corn and crops. Their [...]