TMP — Oh Deer

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about wildlife.

For the past six months my wife and I have been involved in a major landscaping and hardscaping project in our backyard. We planted a whole bunch of new trees, shrubs, and native California, drought-resistant plants. And it all looks beautiful.

So what’s my peeve? Here’s my peeve:

Deer! Yes, deer. We have a family of deer coming into our newly landscaped backyard and they are destroying our plantings. They’re eating all of the leaves on the lower branches of our young trees and they’re basically devouring the shrubs and other plants in our backyard.

I admit that deer are beautiful, elegant creatures whose movements remind me of poetry in motion. But come on, deer. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Maybe your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners do, but seriously, deer, your destroying our beautifully landscaped yard.

18 thoughts on “TMP — Oh Deer

  1. newepicauthor June 21, 2021 / 1:15 pm

    Get some apples and slice them up for the deer and they will leave your trees alone.

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    • Fandango June 21, 2021 / 2:16 pm

      But if I start feeding apples to the deer, won’t that just attract even more deer?


    • Fandango June 21, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      As I told Jim, I worry that feeding the deer apples will just attract more deer visitors.

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  2. Penny Wilson Writes June 21, 2021 / 1:40 pm

    Mix up a little dishsoap and water in a spray bottle. Spray what you don’t want them to eat. They will leave it alone! Won’t hurt your plants and won’t hurt the deer! 🙂 Good luck!

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      • Marleen June 22, 2021 / 10:50 am

        Boy I hope that works.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong June 21, 2021 / 3:25 pm

    The deer just ate all our newly planted flowers in the backyard garden. I mean at them all the way down to the ground. I’m beginning to feel that gardening isn’t working out for us this year.

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  4. SoyBend June 21, 2021 / 4:17 pm

    We have the same problem. Try “Deer Away” spray. It’s not 100% effective but it helps. It smells so bad we keep the bottle outside. Right now one of the deer in our neighborhood is aggressively going after dogs and humans. Yikes!

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    • Fandango June 21, 2021 / 10:34 pm

      Yikes indeed. I didn’t think that deer were that aggressive.

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  5. rugby843 June 21, 2021 / 5:06 pm

    Check into some shrubs and plants that repel them

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