Winter Garden Maintenance Tips
The year may be winding down; but the growing season is not over and there is still a lot to do in winter to guarantee plants thrive in the spring.
After the winter gardening tasks are done, don't neglect gardens! Deer and other wildlife are nearby ready to eat what's left from organic gardens.
See how to maintain plants this winter and protect them from unwanted visitors.
Ticks are active in above freezing temperatures and highly visible in the warm months beginning in March. While the White-Footed Mouse carries the Lyme bacterium, birds and deer are the most common carriers of ticks. Hikers, campers and walkers discover deer ticks in the woods and grassy areas where they hide underneath leaves. While not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, other tick-borne illnesses remain a concern including: the Powassan Virus, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and anaplasmosis,
Symptoms of Lyme Disease are similar to the flu and can last for several weeks, months and even years. What's worse, is that pets can get Lyme Disease and can feel the painful effects of the tick illness. This is why it's important for individuals to learn the signs of Lyme Disease (including the 'Bulls-eye' mark) and how to remove a tick.
Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer
Known as the 'Zombie Deer Disease,' Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a slow but progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system in free-ranged mule-deer and farmed white-tail deer known to affect the deer (cervid) family: white-tailed deer, mule deer (elk), and moose. It is transmitted animal-to-animal via shedding of the infectious agent in the feces and saliva. At this time, there has not been proven research to suggest that deer meat from an infected deer will harm humans; but health advisers ask hunters to use caution when consuming possibly infected venison. Chronic Wasting does not have a vaccine nor cure. Deer Farmers are required to quarantine deer with fencing; and alert officials when they discover herd members with CWD.
In 2018, Wisconsin DNR approved changes for deer farms to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. Click to learn the new ruling.
Plants For Deer and Wildlife Resistance
Deer damage causes millions of dollars in agricultural losses each year; and are the number one complaint by growers. However, deer are not the only wild animal causing mischief in the garden.
To help gardeners and farmers protect their flowerbeds and organic crops, DeerFence.com developed a list of plants to grow to rid deer and small critters from gardens. These plants are recommended to use as a secondary barrier around a deer fence.
See the list of deer-resistant flowers and other plants that deer, feral pigs, rabbits and other wildlife hate eating and smelling!
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DeerFence.com: Year-Round Landscape Protection Against Wildlife Damage
We are just a few weeks away from the start of winter; and while homeowners may think that deer movement will cease, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, deer are more persistent than ever to eat what's left from home gardens. What's worse, while deer breeding season is in full-swing, coyote activity increases in the winter, bringing an influx of pack members to lawns and gardens. To keep wildlife at bay from yards this coming season, homeowners must act on fence installation now to protect gardens, family members and pets from wildlife encounters.
Deer are smart but stubborn animals; and they will keep coming back to properties unless stopped. Although deer repellents and animal pee work well at first, the scent eventually vanishes and you are left with zero garden protection against whitetails and small garden critters. This is why a deer fence, surrounded by deer resistant plants, is best for deer control in the garden.
In addition to protecting flowers from whitetails, a deer fence will stop deer from spreading ticks to homeowners and pets. (If you didn't think that dogs and cats can get Lyme Disease, think again.) Because spring is traditionally the start of tick season in the United States, the need for a deer fence is ever so pressing.
DeerFence.com provides quality fence materials, parts and accessories for the DIY'er to create a deer-proof garden fence. Although the best height of deer fence is 7.5'-8' feet high, DeerFence.com offers different heights and lengths of deer fence to satisfy the needs of gardeners and landscapes.
Deerfence.com fence for sale is easy to install and will stand up to deer damage for many years to come. Contact DeerFence.com at (301) 476. 6896 to discuss how to keep out deer in the garden.