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Has anybody tried this to keep deer/others out.

I read that if I put whole bar soap in small cloth bags and hang the bags around my garden that the deer get a wiff of it and associate it with humans and stay away.

I suppose deodarant soap or something that has a bold frangrance ( Irish Spring, Zest ) would work well. You could buy them at the dollar store.

This seems logical to me. Has anybody else tried this our have any ideas about it?
 

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Didn't work. Nor did the p on the edges. Nor did the lights. Nor did the fake dog. Nor the egg spray. Finally put some old sheets over the plants at nite. That stopped em. They were jumping 8 ft to go over the fence and eating the tomatoes under the living room window. Running out and yelling didn't help either. They just looked at me like I was stupid!
 

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Hi,

I have successfully fenced deer out of the gardenfor several years.

I used 1" black plastic mesh fencing and attached it to T posts every
10 feet or so. It's about 6' tall. I didn't think it was going to work at first,
because they could easily jump it.

I think the reason it does work is because it blows in the wind, plus it is
hard to see. It didn't cost very much. I think I bought two 100' rolls.
After about 3 years I've got a couple of places that have started to tear,
so I will probably have to patch it this fall.

In the spring, when it is time to weed-whack around the garden, I just
untie it from the bottom of the T posts, roll it up and tie it and whack away.
Then I just let it drop down and tie it again.

-tonto
 

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A fairly cheap easy solution that worked for us is to put tall metal posts at the corners and depending on the size of the garden some along the sides and string clear monofilament fishing line every 6 inches or so. From what I understand the deer know something is there but are not able to see it so they don't know how high up it is. Worth a try.
 

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We don't seem to have trouble with the deer - they are in the field we see the tracks and have flushed them out when we go for walks, but they don't seem to stop and nibble. I'm not complaining at all. The bunnies also leave the veggies alone and sit around eating the plantain. The only problem we have is the box turtles - they love tomatoes! They also lay their eggs in our field so we do very little to discourage them.
 

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I have a couple fields that came with old 2-3 strand barbed wire,
the highest being about 3.5 feet. When I decided to grow for
market, I put up another 6 foot fence of 2 X 4 welded wire six feet
inside the barbed wire. It has kept the deer out for three years.
I think they don't have good depth perception, and also don't want to
jump into close areas (between the two fences), and may not be able
to jump the 6 foot horizontal distance--especially if their depth
perception can't tell them exactly what that horizontal distance
is.
I also walk the dogs around the edges of the garden, hoping their scent will
help, plus put rotten eggs around occasionally. I've also tried tying aluminum
pie pans to the top of the 6 foot fence. It makes a noise with the wind, and
also reflects light, even from the moon. Using multiple deterrents can't hurt.
Ann
 

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I don't have a deer problem, but I have heard they don't like the smell of blood so some say to use blood meal around the garden. Also bird netting is another idea I have seen used for fencing. I've gotten rolls of it for 7x90ft at around 20 dollars and is easy enough to repair rips. I have had some for around 10 years in working condition. The spacing is a good idea that was mentioned earlier, deer like enough space to be able to jump so high.
 

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There's always the human hair trick, which I've heard works well. Take hair from a barber shop, sprinkle it around the edges, the deer smell it and leave.

Of course, I knew an old timer who had a dog that loved to chase deer. That dog would chase them all day and night. The deer knew it, too.

Ted
 
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