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Shrubs for birds

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:57 pm
by CarolN
I live in Dutchess County, New York.

I have areas in my garden where shrubs were growing but they have been completely taken over by some horrid vining weeds. This fall/winter I will remove everything and start again in the spring. I will have about six 10' wide areas to replant. I would like suggestions for shrubs that are VERY deer resistant and provide cover and/or food for birds. Any fragrant plant is a plus. I don't know if these are mutually exclusive desires. This year the deer have even eaten a bunch of my buddleia to stubs.

Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

Regards,
Carol

Re: Shrubs for birds

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:49 pm
by lorijones
Wow! Buddleia are normally considered deer resistant.
Here is a link to our website which lists some deer resistant trees and shrubs: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=308#trees. Keep in mind that if deer are hungry enough, they will eat even "deer resistant" shrubs!
The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University has also compiled a list of deer resistant plants. You can select shrubs in their search area to narrow the list to just shrubs: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/

There are some pretty good deer repellents on the market today. Bobbex is one of the best but we recommend that you alternate at least 2 different repellents so the deer do not become accustomed to any particular one. Here is a list of some of the deer repellents that the Viettes recommend: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=249.

Re: Shrubs for birds

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:21 am
by CarolN
Hi Lori,

Yeah, we always joke that the deer by us can't read - they don't know what they're not supposed to like! I've tried the repellents, alternating between two with different ingredients, and I swear, the deer come by, and they say to themselves, "Hmm, she's trying to keep us away, it must be especially delicious!" and dig right in!
The buddleia they ate was a big blow because I lost a bunch last winter. I'm hoping the "pruning" the deer gave them won't make them more susceptible to the cold this winter.

I had come across the Rutgers list a little while ago, and now have it bookmarked in my phone. I'm heading to a nursery this weekend, so between your suggestions and the Rutgers list, I should be in good shape.

Thanks again for your help,
Carol

Re: Shrubs for birds

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:41 am
by breeder
Has anyone tried deer fencing? I'm looking at buying fence from http://www.bennersgardens.com but I'm not how easy it is to install.

Re: Shrubs for birds

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:57 pm
by lorijones
This is one of the companies that Andre recommends for deer fencing. Apparently it is quality fencing but I don't know anything about the installation. I'm sure if you contacted the company, they could advise you. Good luck!