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Deer and rabbit deterrent

Deer and Rabbit Deterrent: The Invisible Fence

Keeping Deer and Rabbit Out of The Garden

Ok, I know, I know, another post on keeping my garden safe from deer and rabbit.  We live on a very open property in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, and there are quite a few deer families and jack rabbits that roam our property.  I did not want to clog up our view with added fencing, but wanted to make sure I kept the furry critters away from my dahlias and other flowers this year.  In my first post, Homemade Garlic Deer and Rabbit Repellent, I talk about protection for my garden using a garlic, cayenne pepper and egg spray.  This works like a charm, but I wanted to add an additional deer and rabbit fencing as an outer layer of protection.   I came up with an idea to combine fishing line and randomly placed shiny mylar ribbon to create an invisible fence.
Deer repellent

Fishing line and mylar for invisible deer fencing

I bought some wooden stakes at the Home Depot and placed a few screws into the wood at 1′ and 4′.  I put several of the stakes on the perimeter of my lower field to enclose the planting area.  This was the start of my deer fence.  I then took the monofilament fishing line and ran it from stake to stake, looping it around the screws as I walked.
Natural Deer Repellent

Invisible fencing for deer and rabbits

Then, at about 8′ intervals, I tied the mylar strips onto the fishing line.   If you can’t find mylar, just use tinsel, or aluminum foil.  The shiny strips move in the breeze and reflect light at night, and the cautious deer/rabbits avoid the area.  Since placing the deer fence, I have yet to see any deer tracks  in my garden.  Hope this helps!!
Homemade Garlic Deer Repellent

Homemade Deer Repellent

Making Homemade Deer and Rabbit Repellent

Last year I had some plants decimated by deer, and wanted to be proactive and get ahead of the curve.  So I set out to make homemade deer repellent with common household items.  Here is a list of what you will need:
  1.  Peeled garlic cloves
  2. Cayenne Pepper
  3. Eggs
  4. Water
  5. Liquid soap
  6. Food Processor
  7. Boiling Water
  8. Container
So, put the garlic and cayenne pepper in the food processor to start your homemade deer repellent project.  While you are doing this, boil a few cups of water, and prepare your container.  I used an old water jug from the kids soccer days.  Once the garlic and pepper is ground to a pulp for your repellent, put it and eggs (I used 3) into your container.  Whip up the eggs so the yolks break, and pour in the hot water into your repellent base.  Stir the mixture well, and put about 5 drops of liquid soap into the mix.  Cover the container, and shake it to mix.  Let this sit for a few days.   To use your newly made deer repellent, open your container, and be prepared for the stench, and use cheesecloth or a paint filter to fill up a spray bottle about a quarter of the way.  This is highly concentrated, and you can make it go a long way if you dilute it.  Fill the rest of your sprayer with water and shake.  Apply this to your plants, and repel all your furry enemies.  This concoction is also good for: rabbit repellent and grasshopper repellent. Be sure and reapply after the rain!

How to Keep Deer & Rabbits Out of Your Garden

Deer Repellent, Rabbit Repellent and Other Tricks

deer and rabbit repellent

Deer Can Devastate a Garden

With the start of our flower farm, we were hit pretty hard by a variety of pests right out of the gate (See my first post: How to get rid of grasshoppers).  Living in a rural area at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, there are several families of deer that roam the area, and rabbits that run wild.  Over the years, they have eaten our vegetables, chomped on our roses and nested in one of our lower fields.  So as we planted out our flowers, I wanted to start early with preventative measures.   So here is a list of methods and techniques that will hopefully help you:
Killing Grasshoppers

How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers in the Garden

Techniques to Stop Grasshoppers from Eating Flowers and Vegetables

Grasshoppers eat leaves

Grasshopper Damage

  In starting our flower farm this year, we had some serious issues out of the gate with our friend the grasshopper.  Little did I know that with our heavy rain in spring, combined with years of drought, we had the perfect environment for a plague of the little critters.  Imagine my surprise, after the day before, seeing all my seedlings coming up, and the following day thinking someone was playing a joke when they were all gone.  Our 50×40 plot was infested with the little fellas.  So, here is some research onhow to get rid of grasshoppers in your garden.
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