Preventative Measures to Deer Damage

 

Fencing - Exclusion 

Senator Ken LaValle secured $1 million that was earmarked to allow 69 Suffolk County farmers to install about 180,000 feet of deer fencing on their properties.  Drawback is fencing pushes deer into roadways and onto neighbors property.

Repellents

Contact repellents are applied directly to plants, causing them to taste bad. Area repellents are placed in a problem area and repel by their foul odor. Repellents are generally more effective on less preferred plants.

Netting & Tubing

Paper or Reemay budcaps form a protective cylinder around the terminal leader and bud. They may help reduce browse damage.  Tubes placed around the trunks of larger trees will help prevent trunk damage.

Driveway Grates

Deer grates, mostly derived from the cattle guards long used on ranches, allow your driveway to stay open while keeping out the deer. They do this by placing a massive grate in the ground that deer generally will not or cannot cross. These grates come in several varieties. The ones we offer, which are highly regarded in the trade, place heavy steel pipes spaced several inches apart across the driveway. It seems clear that these grates act as a strong deer deterrent. However, there have been reports of deer learning to cross other types of deer grates (including ones that use square pipes instead of round ones, others that use reinforced concrete to place a series of  cement "waves" across the driveway, and still others made with a mesh of pipes and closely spaced steel beams). Thus, as the saying goes, while these grates will clearly exclude most of the deer all of the time and all of the deer most of the time, there is no absolute guarantee that they will exclude all of the deer all of the time.

 

Plant Deer Resistant Plants & Shrubs

 

http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/deerdef/bridgen_list.pdf