Deer can cause serious damage to your strawberry plants unless you take precautions. Deer feed on the leaves and fruit of strawberry crops and can also trample your own plants. Understanding the habits of the most effective procedures for excluding them in the garden are key in preventing damage to your strawberry crops.
Debate and Habits
In most cases, deer feed actively late at night or during the early morning through the early spring to midsummer. If you have deer-friendly areas nearby, then you’re more likely to find deer or have them in your yard. Deer are difficult to deter as soon as they’ve established a habit of entering your lawn to feed. Planting your strawberry crops nearer to your house can help discourage deer from entering your lawn to feed them. You can identify deer on your garden from their tracks. Deer hoof marks appear as a set of elongated, tear-shaped depressions that measure approximately 1 to 3 inches long, depending on the sex and maturity of the deer.
Fencing can prevent deer damage to your strawberry plants. Typical types of fencing that can deter deer include woven wire, mesh obstacles and electric fences. In most cases, deer try to move under or through a fence till they hop over it. Physical barriers should be at least 8 feet tall and form a solid barrier around the outside of your lawn to effectively exclude deer.
Deer repellants can make your strawberry plants less attractive to deer. Repellants don’t fully prevent deer damage and therefore are seldom effective after deer have already started feeding on plants. You can use a mixture of 20 percent whole eggs and 80 percent water, sprayed directly to your strawberry plants, once every 30 days, to deter deer from feeding on them.
If you’re growing a rather few of fruit crops, growing them in containers and transferring them indoors at night is a straightforward and efficient means to protect them from hungry deer. Since deer usually go below a fence till they jump it, make sure that your fence has no gaps in its base. Electric fencing is only effective if deer don’t learn to dismiss it. Baiting the fence with peanut butter on aluminum foil encourages deer to touch the fence and deters them from moving close it again.