Ecology + Design

Deer and Rabbit Browse/Damage in Our Landscapes

It doesn’t seem to matter if you are in Mid-Westchester from White Plains and Armonk, Scarsdale or Greenburgh or up county in Katonah, Goldens Bridge, North Salem or Somers, animal damage to our gardens and landscapes is universal.

You think we should know that by now ! I have installed 7-8 foot fences, cattle guards (those large cement grates), all kinds of sound and electric devices as well as deer repellent.

I find there are two things that work well. Selecting as many deer/rabbit resistant plants including fragrant herbs and perennials and applying repellents, mixed at a higher than recommended rate frequently. Alternating natural source organic products is advisable. I particularly like Liquid Fence and Metro Milorganite.

Plant it and they will come!

Remember the squirrels, raccoons, groundhogs, opossums, chipmunks and deer all need to eat too (don’t forget the birds).

All landscapes require maintenance! Start from day one when you plant your new salad bar!

Feel free to call us for suggestions or advise. Or even just to commiserate! We definitely understand your pain! Do not despair! I live on the edge of a large, wild, wetland yet I am able to grow just about anything as a result of diligent Best Management Practices.

You can live with wildlife as long as you are aware and prepare.

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