|Doe eating with Brow and Zer|
I have sprayed periodically through the summer, especially after heavy downpours, to refresh the spray on the plant leaves. About a month ago, I used the last of the ready-to-use bottle that I had bought late last winter and ordered a bottle of concentrate, which I’m now using. The concentrate costs more initially but, after dilution, is much cheaper per application than the ready-to-use variety.
I made my latest inspection of Deer Out-sprayed plants and sprayed them again on Monday (August 1). Here’s what I found:
|Browsed hostas in 2009|
(No, the rabbit didn't do it)
One heuchera (coral bell)—unbrowsed, though in late-summer decline because I hadn’t watered it recently.
One arrowwood viburnum—unbrowsed, though it’s “twin” just two feet away shows fresh signs of browsing.
|Unbrowsed hostas in 2011|
You might think deer haven’t been visiting our front gardens, but you would be wrong. Photo 1 shows a doe and her twin fawns—I call the twins Brow and Zer—chowing down about eight feet from the Deer Out-sprayed tomato plant. I regularly see deer hoofprints in the mulch near the heuchera and the hostas. I paused while I was typing this on Monday (Aug. 1) about 5 p.m. and checked our yard—and the doe and fawns were browsing on our west lawn.
Yes, we have deer aplenty at Meadow Glenn—and since spring Deer Out deer-repellent spray has kept the deer away from the test plants. I’ll probably spray at least two more times before frost—perhaps more if we have downpours. At the end of the season I’ll make a final report about Deer Out.
If Deer Out is repelling deer from our munchables, can I guarantee that it will keep deer from browsing your plants? Absolutely not! There are too many considerations, including size of the local deer population, availability of preferred foods, and the food preferences of individual deer or herds.
|'Go ahead and try the Russian Sage, Zer,|
but I'm warning you it will taste awful
and you might get a bellyache.'
Ella reported how her deer responded to the Deer Out: “Bob, I just wanted you to know I ordered the Deer Out and it came in 3 days. We sprayed the hostas. The deer thought it was salad dressing! The hostas are gone, most of them eaten down to the ground.”
And a final note: I bought both lots of Deer Out. I have not received consideration of any kind from any source for conducting this experiment.
To read my first posting about this experiment, CLICK HERE.