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Hello.

How do you keep Deer away from your fruit trees and shrubs.

I have electronic repellents near the house, but in the field where there is no electricity I tried this.

This year I install white bands

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Do you have anything else.
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Judging by my results, set up a deer blind. No more deer!

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kill em and grill em!

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I put 6 in the freezer last year and there are plenty left. My wife won't let me take the one she named that comes and eats apples next to our house...

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Some have deterred deer by hanging soap on the susceptible plants.

Way-high fence is the only sure deterrent I know.


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Go to the dollar store and get the cheapest powdered Cayenne pepper. Shake it all over the shrub, preferably while the morning dew is still on, so it sticks. They'll learn quick, the shrub is no good to eat.

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Human hair from a barber shop. Used kitty litter.

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Best way I've found is to own a couple big dogs and leave them outside at night.

You can never shoot enough of them to save your trees.

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For my fruit trees I just made round hoops out of woven wire and set them around them, I also raised mine up so that I can mow under and around the plant, and a little piece of drain tile around the base to keep the rabbits from chewing on them. Ill see if I can find a picture.

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All the really good ideas I've ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.
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I have tried multiple methods on my trees.

I have game cam pics of the deer standing on their hind legs to eat the tops off of trees in 5' tree tubes. I also have pics of them knocking down the tubes.

I have also set little barbed wire fence enclosures around my trees. It works well, but it utilizes a lot of materials AND it is a pain to climb through to weed or prune the trees.

I finally tried the patented GEHAJAKE Elevated Hoops System (as shown on some of the trees in his pic).

It works very well for the tree-deer situation on my farm. I give it two thumbs up!

(I have a $35 t-post puller from Tractor Supply that works superbly. When the trees finally grow out above the deer browsing height, it will be quite easy to remove the hoops and posts, and then re-use them on any new plantings.)

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Hello.

Thanks for all your suggestions, if the white stripes don't work I will try your ideas.

These white stripes are waterproof so even if it rains they still move in the wind.

It seems that these white stripes mean a danger for the deer as when they feel danger they raise their tail which is white to alert the other deer.
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Originally Posted by FishinRod
(I have a $35 t-post puller from Tractor Supply

You already had a superb t-post puller. You just didn't know it.

pull a t-post the easy way

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We got one of those t-post pullers. When attached to a front end loader by a chain, it pulls t-posts almost as quickly as the FEL and chain do without it.


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Hello.

I don't know if it's because of the ribbons but this morning there was plenty of Deer trail and they didn't touch the Serviceberry (Saskatoon berries).

To follow up.
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Azteca,

Does your family eat the Serviceberries?

I had a friend recommend I plant some for human consumption!

I also think they would be good for deer browsing. (I would protect them until they were well-established, THEN let the deer have at them.)

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Hello.

Here I have Plum,Cherry and Apple trees, but nothing beats Serviceberry to attract Deer.

It is a little normal with its hundred of branches it is a large shrub 12 to 15 feet it remains easily accessible to Deer.

Yes I eat the fruit in July it's very good.
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Thanks azteca!

I have lots of sand plums. I have also started American Plums, persimmons, and pears.

I think Serviceberry would definitely be another good one to add to our mix!

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Hello.

As you will see on the sites that RAH gives to us, the Serviceberry are subject to several diseases.

Then you need varieties resistant to these diseases.

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Serviceberry Alnifolia northline.

The most resistant, grow quickly and produces fruits quickly and makes lot of suckers.

The other varieties I have, are all varieties of the species Alnifolia, fairly disease resistant but less than Northline.

Hoeywood 10-12 feet
Smokey 12 feet
Isaac small 3-5 feet
They make suckers but less than Northline.

The other varieties of the species Alnifolia that I have tried are not resistant to disease.
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All the varieties that I have here are all eaten by the Deer, and they must absolutely be protected.

I don't know the other species.
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Thanks for the additional info, RAH & azteca!

Our state forest service has one type of serviceberry for sale. Presumably it is resistant to the common diseases in our area.

I did not know that there were so many varieties! I will try to find out the exact one before I put any in the ground.

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There are solar powered electric fence chargers out there. That's what I would use. Set up an electric fence around the orchard.


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Folks bait them with peanut butter on aluminum foil bent over the wire so that they don't just learn to jump the fence.


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