I came home from a weekend up in Crivitz, Wi only to discover that my hosta scapes were eaten all over the yard. Front yard, back yard, side yard....it didn't seem to matter. Of course this is the summer I decided I was going to be very diligent about collecting hosta seeds and planting them in the winter. I was even hand pollenating certain hostas I thought would make good combos. So much for that plan. I knew by the height and how the scapes were eaten that it was a deer. Not everyone believed me. I do sort of live in the city. I had a seen a doe in our yard earlier in the spring, and it's not uncommon to see a deer in our area. One year a big buck walked right down the middle of our road without a care in the world. There also used to be a nice sized woods not to far away, but last year a landscaping company decided to cut down the entire woods and grind it up into mulch.
So my dad came over and set up a trail camera for me, so I could catch the culprit in action.
Here are pictures of the deer damage to the hostas.
|Here is one of the culprits caught on the trail camera.|
Guess it's time to get out the Liquid Fence or the Bobex if I don't want them eating more than just the scapes.
If you think you have a problem with the deer, think of the gardens here along the shore of Lake Michigan. I have herds of them! And not only the deer, this year the ground hogs have been unbelievable. They think of my gardens as a salad bar!!!! I promised myself not to have a heart attack over them so a glass of wine now and then - helps! Jack
I just saw a ground hog the other day, which explains all of the big holes I have been having. I thought the chipmunks were just getting better at digging. So far it seems to be only the one deer here.
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