Ask the PeeMan: Deer Problem

I have read that having an editorial calendar is an important part of blogging. Well, my calendar is a little screwed up this week and Wednesday’s Ask the PeeMan is on Saturday. Deal with it blogosphere.

Q. I am experiencing a  deer problem, they are eating my flowers!  I have always made a point of only planting flowers that are not their favorite.  I spray bitter cherry on the plants & it has deterred them up until this year
Strange, because we had a warm wet winter & there seems to be lots of other choices for them. The flowers are mostly in container pots, so I am thinking that the the granules might work best, as I can sprinkle directly on the soil. herten-5I see that you recommend Coyote to keep the deer away.  Guessing that Mountain Lion would work as well?  Would one work better than the other, and/or are there downsides of one over the other?  IE: attracting Mountain Lions?

I have also just ordered some Deer Out.  It combines a bad taste with a peppermint smell that apparently the Deer dislike.  Do you think the Deer Out with its strong smell might over power the urine granules & negate its benefits? 

Suppose another option would be venison stew

Thanks for your time Mr. PeeMan!

Sincerely,
PeeWoman

 

A. Tracy,
CoyotePee is always my first choice for deer. The idea is to create a “pee-rimeter” a little ways back from the food source. That way the deer will get the scent of the predator before the attraction of the food source is too much to resist. The inherent problem with taste deterrents is that it requires the deer to already be in your garden! The PeeMan likes to prevent them from getting there in the first place. Predator Urine can attract same specie predators if they are already in the area. Here are some links with more info:
http://www.predatorpeestore.com/deer-problems-coyote-urine.html
http://www.predatorpeestore.com/Application-Instructions.html
KJ The PeeMan

Just to clarify there is only one PeeWoman even though she cringes at the title – my beautiful bride of more than forty years.

Until I find more words. . .The PeeMan

 

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