Wednesday, August 19, 2009
How to Keep Deer Away From Your Garden
While living out west, deer were very much a problem, both in city and in the country. It was not unusual to read about houses advertized for sale, listing they had an 8' deer fence around their garden. I've seen deer standing parallel on the outside of our chainlink fence, and in a blink of an eye, magically appear on the other, inside our yard. I swear, her legs didn't bend at all.
For a week one spring, there was a herd of about 30 deer who chose our yard to be their residence. It was nice for them since our fence protected them from the neighborhood dogs. And every day I scooped up the fertilizer they'd leave as rent payment.
Gardeners in the west have a secret which I'll now share with you. How to keep deer away from your garden? Cougar poop.
Moving to Michigan, I strung a rope around my little garden, not so much to keep the deer out, but to discourage them. A woman with several preschool kids passed by as I was stringing up my rope.
"Know what keeps deer away?" she asked me.
Without thinking, as I sometimes do, I answered, "Cougar poop."
Forgetting what she was going to suggest, she asked, "Where do you get cougar poop?"
And I, again answering without thinking, responded, "From cougars."