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Deer Movement In Spring

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Spring is the best time of year for gardening as the snow melts and the grass turns from yellow to green. For gardeners, it's an exciting time to begin growing a vegetable garden full of asparagus, beets, carrots, lettuce and other earthy crops. For deer, it gets even better, as the herds sit and wait for gardeners to walk away from their landscape. 

 Spring is the most active season for deer movement; and there are some things that home growers should keep in-mind. For starters, does give birth to fawns between late April and early July while roaming with babies from the previous year. This means that homeowners will need to worry about agriculture damage from both the mama deer and her baby deer during this time period. 

 As in winter, Deer will wait to taste flowers until the early morning and late evening hours to go undetected by homeowners. If you have a trail camera, you may be interested in learning what types of animals are causing crop damage and find out how they are reaching growing areas. 

Spring Deer Management Tips

Gardeners, don't allow white-tailed deer and small critters to eat your flowers. Here are deer management strategies for spring:

Build Deer Fence

We know what you're thinking: Of course you'll tell us to buy deer fencing, Deerbusters is a deer fence business! But, it's proven that deer fencing is the most reliable means for deer control in gardens and will last 15-30 years.

nelly-briggs.jpgDeer can jump over 7' feet high; but they won't unless they are being chased by deer predatory animals such as bears, coyotes or wolves. This is why the best height deer fence is 7.5' to 8' feet high. 

Not only will deer fencing stop deer from entering gardens, but it will prevent ticks from crawling onto properties dropped by deer. The use of a deer fence can reduce the spread of tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease, by 97 percent! Not only is deer activity high in spring; but March is considered to be the start of tick season, as outdoor enthusiasts spend more time outside gardening, hiking and camping. 

Speaking of tick bites, do you know anything about tick removal tools? If not, you need to learn how to remove a tick and the signs of Lyme Disease.

Use Deer Repellents

Deer hate the smell and taste of garlic, pepper and other herbs. It's best to apply repellents around the deer fence to rid deer from gardens. Deer Repellents will need to be reapplied after heavy rains, snow and excess heat. 

Grow Deer Resistant Plants

Grow geraniums, iris and verbana, among other deer-resistance plants, to stop deer from reaching your vegetables. After a few licks or sniffs, deer will make a U-turn away from the garden. 

 

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