Isn’t she beautiful?
Deer are elegant, graceful, shy… and destructive to your garden and newly planted trees.
Every spring fellow gardeners search for ideas on how to keep deer from devouring gardens. Even with acres and acres of fresh grass available to them, deer will favor making a meal out of your tender garden plants every time. This can be a problem even in towns and suburbs. It’s definitely a problem here in the country.
An internet search will produce numerous solutions to keeping deer from devouring all your hard work – some effective, some not so much. The most effective method for protecting your garden from deer is to surround your garden area with a 6-foot tall fence supported by 4×4 posts. That’s expensive and not always possible for some gardeners. My internet search about 7 years ago yielded a method that is inexpensive and works very well for my situation.
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The Nite Guard Solution
I have been using the Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light to protect my garden and newly planted trees from deer for 7 years. Short of building a fence around everything, this method works great. I just wire them to a fence post placed in the garden.
This is a solar-powered flashing red LED light that automatically begins flashing at dusk when the night creatures begin to look for food. Deer think the flashing red light is a predator and will not approach the area where the light is flashing. What really impresses me, though, is that all but one of the Nite Guard Lights that I purchased in 2011 are still working.
I leave these lights out year round because deer are especially hungry in winter and will strip and eat the bark off of young trees.
The bark on my young pear tree is healthy and unscathed.
I did go ahead and put a fence around my baby Red Haven peach tree. The deer weren’t stripping the bark, but they were nibbling the tiny, tender, sweet leaves when the tree was first put in the ground. They were doing this during the daytime when the light wasn’t flashing. They didn’t do this with my other fruit trees, just the peach tree. I guess the leaves of a peach tree are extra luscious. And if you’ve ever enjoyed a Red Haven peach, well, you can understand the attraction the deer have to this tree. Red Haven peaches are hands-down the best peaches ever. Anyway, now that the tree is larger, the deer aren’t eating the leaves even though they could easily reach over the fence to help themselves.
People occasionally ask about our security system. They see the black boxes during the day or the flashing lights at night and think it is a sophisticated security system. It seems the Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Lights work on two-legged critters as well. 🙂
Raccoons are a problem for primarily rural growers, and I’ve not seen any raccoon destruction in my garden even though we’ve seen a lot of raccoons on our property. Rabbits, though, seem to just laugh at whatever measures I take to keep them out.
This year, I planted marigolds around the perimeter of my vegetable gardens. I’ll let you know how that works for keeping the rabbits out.
So if deer are a problem for you and you’re not able to build a fence around the area they’re destroying, order a few Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Lights through the links provided in this article. I think you’ll be as pleased with them as I am.
All the best,
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