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Deer Proofing Your Yard and Garden Book

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Protect your property from the ravages of deer. Learn how to identify deer damage, understand deer behavior, make homemade deterrents, choose commercial repellents that work, design a landscape that naturally deters deer and install a fence. Massingham Hart, 6" x 9", 151 pp.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Where Deer Are Found
  &nbspDeer Population in Past Present and Future
  &nbspNatural Habitats
  &nbspAt Home on Your Range

Chapter 2 - Getting to Know Deer
  &nbspSurvival in the Wild
  &nbspDeer Species 101
  &nbspUnderstanding Deer Behavior
  &nbspSeasonal Adjustments

Chapter 3 - What are the Damages?
  &nbspGarden Damage
  &nbspInvestigating the Scene
  &nbspOther Injuries and Insults
  &nbspHealth Concerns

Chapter 4 - Deer-o-Scaping
  &nbspWhy Your Yard May Lure Deer
  &nbspDeer Favorites
  &nbspPlants Deer Avoid Eating (chart: Deer-Resistant Plants)
  &nbspTesting for Palatability
  &nbspTricks of the Trade
  &nbspGarden Designs That Discourage Deer

Chapter 5 - Deer Deterrents
  &nbspDefining Your Objectives
  &nbspWhy Deterrents Do or Don't Work
  &nbspFoul Smells
  &nbspBad Tastes
  &nbspStartling Sights
  &nbspOffensive Sounds
  &nbspSurprise Touches
  &nbspTactics NOT to Try

Chapter 6 - Fencing Lessons
  &nbspNonelectric Fences
  &nbspElectric Fences
  &nbspGates and Bypasses
  &nbspProtecting Individual Plants
  &nbspCanine Insurance

Chapter 7 - Community Efforts
  &nbspManagement Strategies
  &nbspFuture Prospects



Excerpt from Chapter 5
Deer Deterrents
Bad Tastes
  &nbspTaste repellents work differently from odor repellents. Rather than forming an odor barrier to an area taste repellents also called contact repellents protect the extract plant or leaf to which you spray brush or otherwise apply them; deer must taste the repellent before it can take effect. This is both their greatest success and their biggest drawback. If any other food is available deer can't stomach leaves or stems coated with such nasty stuff but first they must learn. Unfortunately learning means tasting and tasting means at least a bit of damage. Most deer will try several bites before they realize that the entire plant (or border or garden) tastes awful.
  &nbspFor gardeners who enjoy in or near their yards contact repellents may be the perfect answer. Deer do not withdraw from the entire area. They may still meander through now and then even once they decide you have nothing in your yard worth eating. But unless starvation threatens your bitter bushes and sour grapes will not tempt them to taste again.
  &nbspJust as area repellents have cons as well as pros contact repellents have a few shortcomings of their own. First most taste repellents are meant exclusively for nonfood plants: Plants you have treated to taste bad to the deer won't taste good to you either. Second contact repellents protect only the parts of the plants they actually cover. Make sure to spray the entire plant from the ground and up to at least five or six feet high. Also as with different repellents but all require more than one dose from occasional touch-ups to complete reapplication. Additional applications are necessary to protect new growth the deer's favorite part of the plant as foliage unfolds throughout the growing season.
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