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Fall Deer Management Tips

Prevent Garden Damage At Home This Fall 

Now that we have said goodbye to summer, gardeners must prepare for another growing season full of both promises and challenges. If they play their cards right, they may see a garden bursting with fresh greens, fruits and herbs that can be used in soups, salads and side dishes. 

Gardeners will have the opportunity to grow vegetables in fall; but they will need to keep watch for deer and other hungry garden pests. Autumn is the time of year when white-tails feel the pressure to eat up before winter rolls around. If they don't reach the goodies available in home gardens, they'll have to eat twigs, tree bark and leaves for nourishment. 

Furthermore, September is when deer rub their antlers against trees to rid dried velvet that they obtained in summer. This is in preparation for the rut season where they may appear more desirable to does. For homeowners with trees, or tree growers, this will cause unsightly foliage around home properties. 

Gardeners need to implement a deer management strategy early in September to avoid wildlife damage on lawns and in gardens. To start, gardeners can wrap tree guards around the base of young trees to deter whitetails. With poly tree guards, deer will not be able to damage tree bark (and eat it) and reach fall fruits (apples) from fruit trees. 

For gardeners with established vegetable gardens, they should consider building deer fence around the perimeter of their garden (or yard) to prevent damage caused by deer, rabbits and ground hogs (gophers). The best height deer fence is 7.5-8' feet high - and material matters. Plastic deer fence can be used around gardens with light deer pressure; which metal deer fence is better suited for chewing animals such as bunnies and groundhogs. 

Autumn is here; and deer are ready to eat; so, get growing with a solid deer management plan in action.