When Deer Come Calling On Your Rose Gardencomments (1) October 18th, 2012 in blogs
Video Length: 1:15
Produced by: Conard Pyle Company
A few weeks ago I posted a video by Steve Hutton of Conard Pyle on a quick way to prune shrub roses. It proved so popular I thought I'd post another one by Steve. In this case one about his philosophy on dealing with deer in the garden.
For those of you who live in heavily deer populated areas this can be a huge problem. Deer can wipe out an entire garden in a matter of minutes, and this is heartbreaking after you've spent so much time and effort making your garden looks it's best.
Steve has a fairly relaxed philosophy when it comes to deer. The sheer diversity of the plantings in his garden mean the deer don't focus only on the roses. The nibble a little here and a little there and move on. I've seen mentioned by others that planting more wild roses (read tough and grow like mad) on the fringes of your property will give the deer something to eat away from the house, and perhaps make them less prone to come into the main garden.
I'm not saying Steve's philosophy will work for everyone. In some instances you might have such an over abundance of deer you have to take stronger actions. But, what I would like everyone to take away from Steve's philosophy is that he does not expect perfection 24/7 from his roses. He knows that, as in nature, there will sometimes be some damage. The same goes for damage from insects, disease, weather and yes; sometimes even damage from the gardener!
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