Something is snacking on my trees...

in WORLD OF XPILARlast month

I went for a walk around my property to observe how my trees are doing. Now that it is spring, they are beginning to awake. To my dismay, I discovered that something has been snacking on them.


Something has chewed off the tender tips of last summer's new growth. This is terrible because it is so difficult to establish trees on this sub-Actic and arid prairie that I live on.

I took a closer look to discover who the culrit was.

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Sure enough, some hungry deer has left behind some evidence. These round little balls are deer droppings and I am noticing them all over my garden. On one hand they are useful fertilizer, but on the other hand they are the remains of my precious trees.

I have a fence, but unless a fence is more than 6 ft high, it is of no use to keep out the hungry deer. One thing that deer are extremely good at is jumping over fences.

My dogs are a help because the deer are afraid of them, BUT the deer are also smart and know when the dogs are in the house asleep.

So in the dead of night, the deer sneak into the yard and have a snack. Often the dogs wake up, but no one is willing to get out of bed to let them outside.

I have heard that the deer do not like the smell of soap, and many people will hang a bar of soap from their tree. I have not tried this yet, but I think I might.


The first thought was I envy that you have deer jumping in your garden ... But an idea about dying trees in the arid steppe with regular Arctic cyclones' invasions... sad... :(

You probably should fence young trees ...

Also ... think about a camera trap. A camera that takes photos when it notices motion... If you don't print photos, only post them online, you don't need an epic quality and a camera trap can be quite cheap then... But it should have a night mode, of course...

Thank you for the story! An image of a deer that sneaks as a cockroach ... (But ... poor ... Hungry ... Life is cruel... Buddha was right).

I have a camera and have been planning to set it up to catch wildlife doing wildlife things of interest. My husband, however, has commandeered the camera so that he can catch the cat doing naughty things. Eventually, we will get everything sorted out.