As spring nears, my mind starts thinking about getting ready to fend off the deer. They made their presence known by eating some of my prize shrubs. I have two columnar Euonymus 'Green Spire' that flank the stairs to the back door of our house next door. Well, the faces of the shrubs are totally eaten away. They've never eaten them before. They did in an aucuba and a new rhododendron. But I am not discouraged- yet. By the end of the month I'll be on the attack!
My deer deterrent regimen is pretty simple. First, I put Milorganite around all the hostas, lilium, phlox, echinaceas and daylilies. Milorganite is a brand of fertilizer produced by treating sewage sludge. It is composed of the microbes that ate the waste, not the waste itself. Sounds absolutely disgusting, I know, but after processing, all the pathogens are killed and it is dried and pettetized. The deer don't like the smell of Milorganite.
Next, I start spraying with Liquid Fence. I spray all the foliage of the plants that deer favor. When the daylilies start budding up, I concentrate on their buds. I spray often, maybe every two weeks, especially after heavy rainfall.
What has made my spray program easier is a battery operated sprayer. I can't do without it.
My husband also fenced in a 40' x40' area with 8' high deer fencing. So, that area needs no attention. I hadn't seen that predominately daylily garden bloom for years.
I remember when it was just the garden and me...