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Smarter than your average deer?

May 13, 2009 - Ron Deuter
Still new to the area, I never considered the possibility that deer would eat flowers planted in my yard. I started to wonder about this the other morning after spending several hours putting together a fresh landscape along the front of my house.

Just about the time I was done arranging everything and admiring my work, I happened to notice how all the neighbors who had flowers planted also had fencing protecting them.

Not wanting to lose the $50 or so bucks invested in my flowers, I decided not to chance it. I went back to the store, purchased some materials to partition off the area I needed to protect, and got back to work.

It was about that time that I noticed the neighborhood deer congregating across the street. They stared intently at what I was doing. At times it was almost like they were studying, perhaps even chuckling.

I say chuckling because rather than invest in rigid metal caging like many of the neighbors had, I opted for a thin black plastic netting type material. My thought was that it wouldn’t be as visible. What’s the point of making the area look nice with flowers and such and then putting a metal cage in front of the work?

Despite my concerns that maybe I should have went with the heavier duty caging, I installed my netting and am happy with the results. The area seems reasonably protected, and the netting is barely visible.

Whether or not it works remains to be seen. But I suppose if the netting isn’t enough to keep the deer away, there’s always my 30-.06.


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