Farmers Almanac
The Farmers Almanac
BUY The 2018 Almanac NOW!

Man vs. Beast: Beasts – 2/Man – 0

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Add to Google+ Share on Pinterest Subscribe by Email Print This Post
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

(Continued Below)

– Sprinkling a heavy helping of human hair around the junipers

– Hanging bars of soap over the greens

– Lacing the junipers with thorny branches

– Garlic

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.

Articles you might also like...


1 isay { 02.19.15 at 5:45 am }

1. Use hair to keep deer away and tie a few dryer shees on your hedge Deer do not like the oder.

2,Armadillo’s eat worms. However I accidently found out while tyring to trap a different animal by using fresh corn on the cob that they like that. It is the way I catch them,

2 Mary Williams { 09.03.14 at 9:09 am }

First of all, I don’t see any solutions only more critter problems. I have ground hogs that came in and ate every new shoot in my garden. Beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and the pumpkins. We used live traps to catch them and have caught 4 this year. We also have an armadillo that has dug holes in the front yard. No, they won’t go into a trap. They sleep during the day so you might try and find the one hole were that is. If you put corn out or birdseed the squirrels tend to leave the gardens alone. Deer, if they are hungry, nothing will deter them. I have done human hair, animal hair and more. I planted basil all along the edge of garden, I think that helped but didn’t stop the groundhog. Sorry I don’t have any good answers either.

3 norman lee { 03.12.14 at 2:29 pm }

Diet boubble gum.they cant diejest it done deal. Must be diet.

4 lilcajunann { 04.24.13 at 1:53 pm }

I am having problems armadillo digging up my yard. Large holes! All over. You could hurt yourself if not watching where you walk. I need help. Anything that I can spray? Tried traping, that didn’t work! Human hair didn’t work! Any thoughts?

5 Anita { 12.02.12 at 4:55 am }

My problem were a momma and her baby raccoons who moved in one winter and decided to stay. They clawed through my porch roof and found the attic to their liking. Since I live in a watershed destroying them was not allowed (not that I’d hurt an animal) so I made sure they were gone one sunny day, repaired the porch and laid in wait for them to come back that night. I was packing a bb gun and made sure I did nothing more than sting their butts. NEVER saw ANY of them ever again! 😀

6 Colt { 08.27.12 at 8:19 am }

I sure can relate Pards! Only it’s Packrats for me. I hate those sobs!!! They destroy so much stuff. Too big and smart for rat and live traps, the poison isn’t working anymore because they have been educated. I have taken to loading my .45 with shot shells and actually hunting them. I shoot ’em on sight. It just takes patience!

7 chuck1415 { 07.23.12 at 5:02 am }

I just woke up and went outside on my porch to see a oppossum running by my neighbors fence , anything know how to repell these critters.

8 Lisa Dillinger { 07.03.12 at 9:20 am }

Chipmunks have over taken our gardens and our lawn. It is war. They are no longer cute. PLEASE help. We have tried the poison peanuts, they toss them out! I really do not want to harm them but there are so many now and they done ticked me off
Thanks for any suggestions

9 Jaime McLeod { 06.21.12 at 11:00 am }

Paula – You can see an article about dealing with squirrels here:

10 paula { 06.20.12 at 12:34 pm }

i have just realized that squirrels, not deer, have been devouring my figs and other produce. i’m willing to try anything to prevent them from eating the second crop. suggestions PLEASE

11 shawn { 05.24.12 at 12:58 am }

Try using moth balls. I had squirrels in my attic. And the moth balls done the trick they never came back. Hope it helps good luck

12 marcie { 05.23.12 at 6:40 pm }

Squirrels have devastated my garden. Dug little holes right into every seedling. As I see it, there isnt much I can do. Does anyone have a way to keep those little devils out of my garden ?

Leave a Comment

Note: Comments that further the discussion of the above content are likely to be approved. Those comments that are vague or are simply submitted in order to promote a product, service or web site, although not necessarily considered "spam," are generally not approved.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

Spring Is Here – Sign Up Today!

The Farmers' Almanac is a gardener's best friend. Get 365 days of access to our online weather and gardening calendars + a copy of the 2017 Almanac
for only $13.99 $11.99!

Subscribe Today »