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Protecting Landscapes from Wildlife Damage
Date:6/4/2013

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

They’re cute, they’re furry and they love to eat – landscapes that is. Anyone who has battled wildlife knows the frustration and difficulty involved in controlling them, but fortunately there is hope. “When battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don't give up,” says gardening expert Melinda Myers. “And if you are lucky enough to be wildlife-free at the moment, be vigilant and prepared to prevent damage before these beautiful creatures move into your landscape to dine.” Myers suggests the following strategies for keeping animals away.

The best defense is a fence. A four foot high fence anchored tightly to the ground will keep out rabbits. Five foot high fences around small garden areas will usually keep out deer. They seem to avoid small confined spaces. The larger the area the more likely deer will enter. Woodchucks are more difficult. They will dig under or climb over the fence. Be sure to place the fence at least 12" below the soil surface with 4 to 5 feet above the ground. Make sure gates are also secured from animals.

Some communities allow electric fences that provide a slight shock to help keep deer out of the landscape. Another option is the wireless deer fence. The system uses plastic posts with wire tips charged by AA batteries. The plastic tip is filled with a deer attractant. When the deer nuzzles the tip it gets a light shock, encouraging it to move on to other feeding grounds.

Scare tactics are another option and have been used for many years. Motion sensitive sprinklers, blow up owls, clanging pans and rubber snakes strategically placed around a garden may help scare away unwanted critters. Unfortunately urban animals are used to noise and may not be alarmed. Move and alternate the various scare tactics for more effective control. The animals won't be afraid of an owl that hasn't moved in two weeks.
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