Spring Into Gardening: Deer Management Tips At Home.
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 a vegetable garden full of asparagus, beets, carrots, lettuce and other earthy crops. For deer and other wildlife, 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 wildlife movement; and there are some things that home growers should keep in-mind:
For starters, the rut season ended at the end of the year; and now, does are preparing to give birth to fawns between late April and early July. 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. They have been waiting to eat 'the good plants' throughout the winter season; and they will jump on any opportunity they have. Remember, it's been nothing but leaves and twigs for months.
While some bear sightings happen in February, the majority of bears will be seen in March and April as bears officially exist hibernation season. Bears will do what they do best in the spring season: eat; and they will consume between 20-30 pounds of food each day including berries, acorns and vegetables from home gardens.
They may look like medium-sized dogs; but they are much more aggressive. Coyote breeding season happened in January; and now, homeowners wait for coyote pups to enter into the world - and our garden.
Coyotes are opportunists, scavenging for food; and they will go after small animals including pets. Homeowners hear more in the news about coyote attacks on small dogs and cats; and they will enter landscapes in the evening hours while pets are outside in the yard.
Bunnies are adorable; but they are the second most complained about wild animal after deer. Rabbit breeding season began in February; so, homeowners should expect to see babies in March. After all, the gestation period for pregnant rabbits is only 28-30 days!
Groundhogs are a huge headache to gardeners in the spring season. To avoid predatory animals, they tunnel underneath the ground, creating two entrances, to reach gardens. They burrow 2-5 feet deep and can even climb up to 15 feet!
Wildlife Management Tips For Spring Gardening
Gardeners, don't allow white-tailed deer and small critters to eat flowers and organic gardens. Here are wildlife control strategies for successful spring gardening:
Build Deer Fencing and Rodent Control Fencing
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.
Deer 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.
For chewing animals, gardeners will want to invest in a metal fence with PVC. The PVC-coating acts as a secondary layer of protection to protect the steel core from chew marks caused by garden critters including rabbits, groundhogs and even coyotes, wolves and foxes.
But, neither fence option will be helpful for bear deterrence. This is why homeowners will want to turn to electric fencing. An electric bear net that is set around flowerbeds and gardens will shock bears and scare them away from gardening areas.
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.