- deer management strategies
We'll be the first to admit that fawns are adorable - with their Bambi eyes and white fluffy spots, who could resist? Veteran gardeners know better than to get excited when they see baby fawns. Here's why.
Deer birthing season begins in April and runs until June. During this time, doe deer will deliver between 1-3 babies where they will teach them all they know including how to devour plants from home gardens. Lady doe will leave their fawns behind in an undisclosed area to search for food in the morning hours, returning to fawns in the afternoon. While fawns may appear abandoned to the untrained eye, mama deer are usually not far away - and they will attack humans, pets and other wildlife if they feel their young are being threatened.
In general, spring and summer are prime months for deer damage in gardens when plants are abundant. Now, homeowners will see more than double-trouble thanks to deer births. To protect growing sites from deer browsing, homeowners will need to be proactive in installing deer fencing around flowerbeds and organic gardens as well as other effective deer management strategies.
Declared by Ronald Reagan in 1986 as a week-long celebration, National Garden Month takes place each April to celebrate gardening and the beauty of vibrant spring flowers. In 2002, the National Gardening Association extended the celebration to four weeks instead of one as originally declared; and kicked-off the month-long gardening celebration officially in 2003.There are many [...]
Winter was hard times for deer as natural resources were scarce; but now that spring is around the corner, whitetails know that they will soon have a buffet of options. In the spring, flowers and other types of garden plants are abundant; and Bambi and friends will test-taste everything they can reach. During this season, white-tailed [...]
When the weather begins to dip below freezing, and gardeners notice frost on plants, it's time to look into ways to protect plants from freeze. Some tender plants that cannot tolerate the harsh cool temperatures will require extra care. Some of these plants include: geraniums, tomatoes, begonias, impatiens and peppers. If bringing plants indoors is not [...]
Now that Autumn is officially here, gardeners have several gardening tasks to get them through the next growing season; and with changing seasons comes challenges. Gardeners across the country will continue to see wildlife on properties and will need to act quickly to resolve the issue. September is Preparedness Month; and it's time for gardeners [...]
In a recent poll, Americans announced that Christmas was in fact their favorite holiday; and what they love most about the holiday has nothing to do with presents; but with evergreen trees that symbolize Christmas Day. To protect America's favorite trees, Christmas tree farmers need to implement deer management strategies to keep Rudolph and the [...]
Deer mating season, known as the rut, occurs in October through January. By May and June, doe have given birth to at least one to three fawns. While fawns are adorable, with their bright white spots, this is bad news for gardeners.Baby deer are led by their mothers for the first year of life; and [...]
Tea with honey in it is what we turn to when we have the common cold or a sore throat; but there are other health benefits of honey that will make honey a regular part of your balanced diet. Honey strengthens the immune system and regulates blood sugar. Best of all, honey can prevent cancer and [...]
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials say important fall foods for wildlife were abundant this year.In a survey, staff looked at 27 areas around the state in late September and early October. They found that beechnut counts were the highest since 1998. Acorn production was also found to be good in oak stands. [...]
The Fall and Winter seasons are hard times for a deer. Humans are hungry; and they have a hankering for deer meat This is the time to get it.Bucks begin following does this time of year as the does reach reproductive ages and give birth. Once the doe gives birth to a fawn, the buck [...]