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#2091499 - 04/18/17 03:19 PM Tell me the best way to...
treemydog Offline
4 point

Registered: 04/05/16
Posts: 209
Loc: Elmore County
Keep deer out of a small garden spot. Is it going to take electric fence or what?

I got a late start. Have the ground prepped... waiting on some rain this weekend. I have a couple of patches ready to go, figure to bait a field a hundred or so yards from the main garden spot with a pea patch. I was hoping that the critters would nail that spot and leave the tomatoes, corn, and watermelons alone. And I don't mind 'sharing' some. If half of it makes, there will be plenty. I just don't want them to mow it down to the ground.

Advice needed, and I know y'all have plenty to dish out. Any more new techniques out there that work?


Edited by treemydog (04/18/17 03:23 PM)
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#2091503 - 04/18/17 03:23 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
BhamFred Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 23145
Loc: alabama
not for everybody but I have six foot chain link fence around my garden.
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#2091554 - 04/18/17 04:48 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
Maggie123 Offline
Doe

Registered: 04/12/16
Posts: 581
Loc: USA
My gardens are all behind fencing too. My raised beds are in my backyard and my other in ground plot near my chicken coop is behind plastic orange fencing on T posts.

We have deer, rabbit coons and such to worry about too but my worst enemy is the chickens!

Now, the garden I am sharing with my neighbor that is very large has a two strand wire fence around it...if you just glance at it you would think electric fence but it is not hot. There are a few pieces of plastic flagging around in a few spots along the wire and it seems to work well at keeping most critters out.

Like you, we don't mind sharing a bit. Good luck!
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#2091696 - 04/18/17 07:28 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
jaredhunts Offline
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Registered: 11/03/14
Posts: 3353
Loc: Grady, Alabama
Plant enough for you and them, get a dog, hot wire fence or a tall fence. Sit out there at night and shoot the suckers. Don't tell nobody though. It's a fight you may not win. I fight them all the time here. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. I have found that the deer don't mess with the garden as much when I plant in the spring but if I plant in July or later they will smash it. I can plant late corn and they wont bother it.
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#2091733 - 04/18/17 07:56 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: jaredhunts]
Maggie123 Offline
Doe

Registered: 04/12/16
Posts: 581
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: jaredhunts
Plant enough for you and them, get a dog, hot wire fence or a tall fence. Sit out there at night and shoot the suckers. Don't tell nobody though. It's a fight you may not win. I fight them all the time here. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. I have found that the deer don't mess with the garden as much when I plant in the spring but if I plant in July or later they will smash it. I can plant late corn and they wont bother it.


Never heard that before, good tip.
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#2091915 - 04/18/17 11:21 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
Joe4majors Offline
10 point

Registered: 01/17/14
Posts: 2400
Loc: Lake View, AL
Milorganite

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#2091958 - 04/19/17 05:59 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
Geezer Offline
10 point

Registered: 11/18/01
Posts: 4407
Loc: Greensboro,Al.USA
Electric fence with peanut butter on wire I guarantee that works.
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#2092119 - 04/19/17 09:18 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: Geezer]
Blackwater_Reb Offline
3 point

Registered: 09/21/16
Posts: 173
Loc: The WC
I finally had it and last year hung some construction fence on t-posts around the garden. Also got stuff for an electric fence if that did not work. Never had to put it up. Only problem I had, rabbits chewed a few holes in a couple spots and got in. But otherwise, no problems. Cept maybe the fluorescent orange eye sore down by the creek, hahaha.
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#2092833 - 04/20/17 07:49 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
Turkey_neck Offline
14 point

Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 7423
Loc: Clanton
Rabbits are my problem. I hate them bastards.
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#2092952 - 04/20/17 10:12 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
curt99rsv Offline
3 point

Registered: 05/29/08
Posts: 162
Loc: Hamilton, AL
^^^milorganite. After years of electric fences (deer would stay away until things got ripe, then just crash through it, saw it with my own eyes), I finally used milorganite after seeing it recommended here. Zero tracks in my garden last year until two weeks or so after I quit putting it out, then they came back. Just refresh it every two weeks or after every heavy rain, whichever comes first. One bag was about $15 and lasted all year.

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#2093001 - 04/20/17 11:02 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
BhamFred Offline
Freak of Nature

Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 23145
Loc: alabama
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#2093049 - 04/20/17 11:48 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
PaintRock0 Offline
4 point

Registered: 10/17/12
Posts: 628
Loc: North AL.
get a person to who cuts hair to save you the cutting when they sweep them from the floor. spread them out around and in the area. the human sent will keep-em out refresh at least once a week

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#2093113 - 04/20/17 12:58 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: PaintRock0]
MS_Hunter Offline
10 point

Registered: 06/28/12
Posts: 3307
Loc: Biloxi,MS
gun
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#2093228 - 04/20/17 02:53 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: Joe4majors]
G/H Offline
10 point

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 3799
Loc: Tallassee
Originally Posted By: Joe4majors
Milorganite


^^this and I also have an electric fence.

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#2093686 - 04/21/17 08:23 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
treemydog Offline
4 point

Registered: 04/05/16
Posts: 209
Loc: Elmore County
Why haven't I heard of Milorganite?

Looks like some pretty good reviews on the web about it's capabilities as a slow release fertilizer and deer deterrent.

For those who use it... do you just use it like a fertilizer on the garden spot (broadcast or row application), or do you set up a perimeter around the spot, or is it both broadcast and perimeter?

Ever how you apply it, feel free to share the rates that you use to get effective results. I don't want to put half enough out and get skinned in one night. If anything, I'd rather have too much than not enough... especially since it looks like you aren't going to over do it with the nitrogen and burn the plants ... per the analysis.
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#2094609 - 04/22/17 09:16 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
curt99rsv Offline
3 point

Registered: 05/29/08
Posts: 162
Loc: Hamilton, AL
We just make a perimeter about 10 feet away from the garden. I put some in a five gallon bucket and use a small cup to pour it out slowly as I quickly walk around the perimeter. Hard to give a rate but I probably use no more than 3-5 lbs every time around a 150x50 garden spot. The stuff doesn't smell real good but I'm sure that's what keeps the deer away too.


Edited by curt99rsv (04/22/17 09:17 AM)

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#2094710 - 04/22/17 11:43 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
300gr Offline
8 point

Registered: 08/24/06
Posts: 5374
Loc: pickens county al
Dog wire 6' fence or you will be fighting deer all the time. It also keeps rabbits out
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#2094716 - 04/22/17 11:50 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
300gr Offline
8 point

Registered: 08/24/06
Posts: 5374
Loc: pickens county al
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#2094900 - 04/22/17 04:22 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
Joe4majors Offline
10 point

Registered: 01/17/14
Posts: 2400
Loc: Lake View, AL
Originally Posted By: treemydog
Why haven't I heard of Milorganite?

Looks like some pretty good reviews on the web about it's capabilities as a slow release fertilizer and deer deterrent.

For those who use it... do you just use it like a fertilizer on the garden spot (broadcast or row application), or do you set up a perimeter around the spot, or is it both broadcast and perimeter?

Ever how you apply it, feel free to share the rates that you use to get effective results. I don't want to put half enough out and get skinned in one night. If anything, I'd rather have too much than not enough... especially since it looks like you aren't going to over do it with the nitrogen and burn the plants ... per the analysis.


My garden is about 1100 square feet and one 32-pound bag of Milorganite lasts the whole growing season. I've spread around the garden and broadcast within. Main thing is to put a little out every 2-3 weeks as the smell fades with time. I don't factor the Milorganite into my fertilization calculations.

I'll have trophy rock and corn on one side of the yard and the garden on the other side with no deer messing with my plants.

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#2108347 - 05/07/17 07:58 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
birdcarver Offline
4 point

Registered: 06/17/16
Posts: 656
Loc: alabama northport
slap rofl I shoot firecrackers every couple days around and in garden and after every rain, never have deer problem , ps do this late in evening.

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#2108424 - 05/07/17 11:21 AM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
AUwrestler Offline
4 point

Registered: 02/02/14
Posts: 465
Loc: Owens Xrds
They make a dual perimeter electric fence about 4-5 ft apart at knee high. Deer wont jump it cause of the 2 strands. It how guys keep them out of food plots till season starts. Outdoor life had a DIY article where he built on for like 75 bucks.
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#2109172 - 05/08/17 12:54 PM Re: Tell me the best way to... [Re: treemydog]
msu33 Offline
4 point

Registered: 07/18/08
Posts: 554
Loc: Mulberry, TN
I put up a 6ft welded wire fence just like 300gr. Have not had a deer track in it yet. Not real expensive, but effective. Can keep rabbits out if you put the bottom edge on the ground. I put mine about 4-6 inches above the ground to get just a little extra height. I may lower mine, as rabbits do get in there.


Edited by msu33 (05/08/17 12:54 PM)

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