Man vs. Beast: Beasts – 2/Man – 0
Our site has discussed pests from time to time, but until now, it has not been an issue for me. Now it’s getting personal. I have a home in Lewiston and a cottage on a Maine lake. Between April 1 and May 15th, deer annihilated the creeping juniper garden the grows at my cottage. I have always had a lush looking green bed of junipers that grow naturally with no help from me. We had a mild winter, and now the deer have decided that my four-foot high garden is much to their liking. The picture above shows the damage.
I am not at camp often in the spring, so this damage caught me by surprise. In just a matter of weeks, what started as a few snips turned into a swath 4 feet deep by 15 feet wide. The junipers are a maze of roots that run all over the garden. After an hour and a half of trying to minimize the damage, I realized that I will never find the bottom. So, this weekend, I will clear all the roots with a chainsaw and replant new junipers.
Because I never want to have to do that again, I plan to take some steps to discourage the deer from turning my garden into a salad bar. A few natural remedies will include:
- Installing a couple of mobile devices with bells that will be triggered when the deer approach
- Sprinkling a heavy helping of human hair around the junipers
- Hanging bars of soap over the greens
- Lacing the junipers with thorny branches
If beast #1 – the deer – wasn’t bad enough, a second beast – probably a red squirrel – managed to bite holes in a metal gas line that leads to my grill. Three days after filling my double tanks, something started gnawing on the line and, before long, I lost 124 gallons of gas at a cost of $432. I am guessing it was a squirrel, but it could have been anything.
Has anyone else had a similar problem with a critter actually biting into a metal gas line?
Feel free to share you experiences with garden pests below, and share any tips and tricks you’ve used to deter them.