Chuckers and Deer

I love the wild animals that stroll through my yard. The hummingbirds and chickadees and black bear and moose, fox and coyote, red tailed hawks and Cooper’s hawks and ravens and weasels and possum. Even the chipmunks who undermine my front walk, and the squirrels who chew the siding off the house, are okay with me.

The woodchucks and deer, though, I could do without.

They’re fun to watch, but . . . but . . . they eat everything!

“Plant marigolds!” my friends said. “Woodchucks don’t like marigolds.”

They were wrong.

A baby marigold struggles to recover from its latest woodchuck attack.

A baby marigold struggles to recover from its latest woodchuck attack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The woodchucks won’t touch those fern things with the pink flowers.”

“You mean yarrow?”

“Right!” They nod with conviction. “Plant yarrow!”

*Sigh*

Yarrow, lopped to ground level by woodchucks.

Yarrow, lopped to ground level by woodchucks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Okay, then. How ‘bout you just plant a bunch of violets?”

Sure. My lawn is full of violets, and the chucks don’t seem interested in them. Good idea.

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Apparently woodchucks only turn their nose up at lawn violets. Move them to the garden, and they become delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Milkweed? At least it smells nice, and the only thing that eats it is the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar, and those fuzzy ones.”

Not my favorite choice for a garden, but I can’t afford to be picky. The hummingbirds might like it.

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Milkweed? The deer eat milkweed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fruit trees. They won’t bother with those leaves.”

The plum is now dead, thankyouverymuch, deer and chuckers. (It was small.) The peach is recovering.

Poor peach got its lower branches stripped. Thank goodness the rest of it is taller than the deer can reach.

Poor peach got its lower branches stripped. Thank goodness the rest of it is taller than the deer can reach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Echinacea?”

Um, no.

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“Morning glories?”

Uh-uh.

Not even the morning glories are safe from the chuckers.

Not even the morning glories are safe from the chuckers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far, the varmints haven’t eaten the thyme, creeping phlox, balloon flowers, azaleas, or peonies. And they’ve only sampled the nasturtiums. Slowly I will figure out the plants they hate, and I will have a garden.

Or bark mulch.

Until then, click the link and enjoy a moment of my life. 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=710675408974594&set=vb.100000964235446&type=2&theater

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Chuckers and Deer

      • Well…drat. I do think the dog helps keep the furry wildlife away. I kind of like snakes myself, at a distance. I mostly get Eastern Ribbon snakes which are very pretty. Is your husband allergic to cats too?

      • Sadly, yes. And horses.
        We mostly get plain old garter snakes here, and the occasional ringneck – the gray ones with the orange bellies. Caught a baby garter in the basement last week and put him out back. 🙂 And a couple weeks ago there was a milk snake in the road. Had to stop and move him to the side. We don’t have enough of those, and they’re purty. 🙂

      • I guess it wouldn’t work to get a donkey, then. They are very good for protection, I hear. How about a goat? That would help with the lawn too, although you wouldn’t have a garden either. The thing is, whatever you get, it has to be alive and be able to stroll around on its own. No fake owls and their ilk.

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