Shade trees among summer gardens provide great respite and retreats from the summer sun. Dahlias spread color. Day lilies glow. Hostas rise. Fruit trees sparkle. Vegetables promise favored treats. Deer destroy.
All across North America, homeowners, landscapers, and farmers enjoy summer gardens overflowing in colors, textures, and produce close to their gardener’s heart. But all too often their passions are quickly dashed as the deer’s seemingly insatiable appetite perennially destroy these and many other valuable plants, shrubs, and trees. The promise of blooms aplenty and a fall harvest of succulent treats will be dashed by foraging deer unless your customers take action now!
It matters little where you live. Deer are plentiful across North America, and summertime promises additions to local deer herds as the fawning period is engaged and whitetails, blacktails, and mule deer give birth to what can be triplets!
Few homeowners are immune to the damaging effects of browsing deer. Regionally divided by their natural range, the three species of deer in North America roam at will across city parks, suburban neighborhoods, and rural communities, where they have no fear. Natural predators are few, and hunting seasons are months away. In most cases, suburban homeowners are no threat to deer. Park officers on patrol by car or horseback pose no danger. Deer often won’t run unless chased. They learn the limits of controlled dogs and they even learn the noises associated with those who feed deer. Preventing damage by foraging deer is easier than breaking the pattern of deer foraging after it starts.
Deer Scram attacks a deer’s sense of safety. Blended from selected all-natural organic components, Deer Scram will keep deer off plantings because, through their uncanny sense of smell, Deer Scram convinces deer that harm is nearby. Deer Scram will change deer behavior. As they near the applied barrier of Deer Scram, deer actually become alert to a sense of danger – even death! Its unique blend of organic ingredients targets a deer’s remarkable sense of smell. As the scent of death reaches the deer, a genetic biological defense mechanism to flee from predators is triggered. Deer will flee from the area or avoid it completely. The association of the fear of death with Deer Scram will lead to a profound learning experience for the deer and, with proper re-application of Deer Scram, the deer will not return to the area.
So, how do you begin a summer-season plan to protect valuable flowers, shrubs, and trees from foraging deer?
- Learn where deer eat. Deer prefer to feed in open areas near cover. Clear-cuts, parks, and suburban neighborhoods are the perfect habitat, where rich mixtures of vegetation produce abundant food and cover. They’re easily attracted to areas of open lawns, succulent summer gardens, and plentiful ornamental shrubs where patches of forest cover stand nearby. Deer opt for variety over quantity and they prefer a variety of tender new shoots and lush foliage, which they find in abundance during the warm months in landscaped yards and gardens. They prefer to eat browse – leaves, twigs and various shoots and vines – and “green types” of foliage. Deer frequently feed on flowers, fruits and vegetables, and the buds and twigs of fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.
- Identify the damage. Damage to landscape plantings and ornamentals may occur at any time of year, but it’s most disheartening when established plants are hearty and in full display. You can distinguish the damage caused to plants by feeding deer by the ragged, broken ends of branches of plants and trees that have been browsed by deer, which do not have incisor teeth. Rabbits and rodents have incisors and leave clean-cut surfaces where they have nibbled upon plants. The height (up to 6 feet) the damage is found off the ground is another indication that rules out small mammals.
- Assault their sense of security. While deer are herd animals, bucks are rarely seen with does except during the annual breeding season, which generally occurs in the fall. Does, fawns, and yearlings, however, are very social, congregational, even predictable animals. Fawns are dependent and learn from the does, including how to use their remarkable sense of smell for locating food and survival. As summer sets in, does give birth to fawns and their noses will lead them to return over and over again to areas where food is tasty, abundant, and safe to forage. Their noses will also alert deer to nearby danger. Disrupt their sense of security and you’ve achieved the primary factor for turning deer away from valuable plants, gardens, shrubs, and trees. Deer have good memories and learn from each other. When one deer is afraid to return to an area, other deer – including fawns – also will be reluctant to enter the area.
Deer Scram is an all-natural, biodegradable deer repellent that guarantees pesky white-tailed, black-tailed and mule deer – rabbits, too – will stop feeding on prized gardens, shrubs, and trees for 45 to 60 days per application. Deer Scram is a fully organic granular deer-control product that contains no harmful chemicals or toxins that could hurt the animals, environment and, most importantly, you or your family.
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