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Spit Rail Fence--Deer Deterrent?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by VO Landscape Design, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 358

    A client has been having a problem with Deer lately. I have installed a Split Rail fence (2 rail) along the back of her property so it would tie into the design. They have a small, 10' x 87' wild flower garden that has been chewed on by deer, not a lot but enough to be a problem. Do you think a fence around the garden area would be enough of a deterrent for the deer or would they crash through it?
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    not crash through just hop over use Coyote Urine sold at the home depot
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    hear is a deer resistant list of plants

    Deer resistant perennials for full to part sun
    Achillea (Yarrow)
    Ajuga reptans
    Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar)
    Anemone sp.
    Aquilegia (Columbine)
    Asarum europaeum
    Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
    Baptisia australis
    Boltonia asteroides
    Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush)
    Calluna (Heather)
    Campanula carpatica (Bellflower)
    Centaurea sp.
    Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
    Chrysanthemum x superbum (sometimes nipped)
    Cimicifuga racemosa
    Coreopsis sp.
    Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
    Erica (Heath)
    Eupatorium (Joe-Pye Weed)
    Euphorbia (Spurge)
    Geranium (especially G. macrorrhizum)
    Grasses, Ornamental (Calamagrostis, Miscanthus, Pennisetum, Festuca, Hakonechloa)
    Gypsophila paniculata (Baby's Breath)
    Iberis sempervirens
    Iris sibirica
    Lavandula (Lavender)
    Liatris spicata (Gayfeather)
    Linum perenne
    Monarda (Bee Balm)
    Nepeta (Catmint)
    Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
    Paeonia (Peony)
    Perovskia (Russian Sage)
    Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon Flower)
    Potentilla sp.
    Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
    Salvia sp.
    Solidago (Goldenrod)
    Stachys byzantinus (Lamb's Ears)
    Thymus (Thyme)
    Verbascum sp (Mullein)
    Veronica latifolia

    Deer resistant perennials for full or part shade
    Asarum (Ginger)
    Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)
    Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
    Digitalis sp (Foxglove)
    Adiantum pedatum - Maidenhair Fern
    Athyrium 'Ghost'
    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' - Japanese Painted Fern
    Dennstaedtia punctilobula - Hay-scented Fern
    Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern
    Onoclea sensibilis
    Osmunda cinnamomea - Cinnamon Fern
    Osmunda claytoniana
    Osmunda regalis
    Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern
    Geranium (especially G. macrorrhizum)
    Helleborus (Hellebore)
    Kirengeshoma palmata (Waxbells)
    Lamium sp
    Primula sp (Primrose)
    Pulmonaria sp (Lungwort)

    Flower Bulbs rarely damaged by deer
    Fritillaria imperialis (Crown Imperial)
    Galanthus (Snowdrop)
    Narcissus (Daffodil, Jonquil)
    Scilla (Squill)
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Having a landscape that deer isn't interested, is definately the simplest solution. Otherwise a judicious use of electric wire, will also work.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,370

    Lead poisoning is the best option.


    PS Have you ever seen a deer jump before? There's a reason fences are 8+ ft tall if you really want to keep them out.
  6. TJ LAWN

    TJ LAWN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    With Lead Poisoning...Are the backstraps still Good?????:waving:....Thumbs Up...I would sure Hate to waste those Tasty Treats
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,370

    Head shot, don't waste the meat. :drinkup:

    Unless it has a nice rack. :cool2:
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Run your electric wire about 4' from the rail fence, with your shrubs inbetween, or electric wire on both sides. They will not stand there munching.

    Deer repellants have never worked throughout the winter, when damage is most pronounced.
  9. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    Hunting is your best opition, so yes tasty backstraps. But if hunting is out of the question. I found that human hair in a nlyon little baggy works good for about a month. Also heard that bar soap on a rope works good.
  10. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 358

    Would it work to put the electric fence wires between the rails of the split rail? Or would electricity and wood not mix.

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