Anyone ever have a problem with deer munching the morning glories? I actually caught a deer in the act ! They're supposed to be relatively unpalatable to deer, but the poor critters must be starving. They even bit off some of our purple coneflowers, as prickly as those are!
Deer eating mgs
Hi Woods, they struck our garden on July 27, and we're wrestling with what to do in this thread: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/754960/
For us, I think we're going to aim for the following:
1) Enclose the most horticulturally intensive part of our garden in tall mesh - http://www.deerxlandscape.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html?p_catid=8
2) Plant the perimeter in woody deer-resistant plants like Buxus 'Graham Blandy' and Jasminum nudiflorum. Especially on the perimeter, which deer first encounter, you want plants they like least of all. The box and jasmine would give relatively quick evergreen privacy while not putting too much weight on the mesh and would tolerate existing shade in some places. If you have more space to give a perimeter planting, see links in #3.
3) Deer-attractive plants will be either replaced or masked with deer-resistant plants.
4) For those deer-attractive plants I may persist in growing, like MGs, I'll spray something like Liquid Fence that keeps them smelling stinky to deer for a few weeks.
The last time I checked, our county does not allow electric fencing year-round here, and I'd really like to avoid going that route. But, if I had flat, open ground in sun where I could grow a kitchen garden with MGs and certain flowers, the county would allow me to enclose it in an electric fence just for the growing season.
I may try Ron_Convolvulaceae's idea about predator urine - will see how things go.
Welp, hope you chime in - I may have a plan, but I remain all ears to anyone else's ideas, experience, thoughts, etc.
Thanks for the links--I will check them out! I did get some stinky spray called Repelsall or something like that from our local nursery. The label said it won't harm plants, so I sprayed it on the plants as well as the surrounding areas, but some of the plants shriveled! Rudbeckias and coleus. Next time I'll just spray around them. But it does help with chippies and their digging habit.
Oh Woods, I am so sorry about the shriveling of ANY of your plants from that stinky stuff. I really appreciate your posting these results here - will cross-post in the forum for foes. Ironically, we often see various kinds of yellow perennial daisies blooming in pretty good shape in local fields and woods in spite of quite a deer population, and a rudbeckia species in our garden has only sustained a few hard-to-see nibbles over the years. I wonder if you could obtain some new cuttings of coleus in the Coleus Forum? That is an extremely enthusiastic and generous bunch over there, the last time I checked.
I'm wondering if temperatures were 90*F or above when you sprayed? I seem to recall that a herbicide recommended spraying at temperatures of 88*F or higher, while other kinds of pesticides recommended spraying below that in summer. Don't know if any of that applies to stinky deer repellants.
I had such an itch to see these unusual MGs growing in the open ground up above other flowers, but now I'm thinking I better start rooting at least one new side shoot of each kind to grow in a pot so its seed pods can be ripened in doors after frost. I don't want to gamble on future seed pods of these vines around "misbehavin" deer.
Hmm, I don't remember if the spray bottle gave any temperature instructions....guess I better check! Thanks, bluespiral!
yep deer eats fancy japanese morning glory
did eat my blue silk last year,,chomped right down to the base
Oh, nooooo, Pam! I hope not this year, too! Mine is coming back slowly.