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Non-commercial deer repellant from a reader

Deer have access to my property through a nearby woods. I am experimenting with ways to deter them from pillaging young trees and shrubs, not wanting to spend a lot of money on high fencing or expensive commercial repellant. So far, a cage around the plant does the best in summertime, but I have planted a huge amount of plants and can't enclose all. So I'm experimenting with sprays made from highly scented herbs like pennyroyal and peppermint plus hot pepper with a bit of oil to make it stick. I'd be interested in anyone's suggestions. FYI: In the wintertime the following dormant spray on the bark and limbs of young trees and shrubs seems to work: 4 quarts water boiled with 1 tb. cayenne powder, 1 tsp. white pepper, 1 tb. red chilies (be careful doing this, it's rather toxic in the boiling process) 2 cups light vegetable oil A few drops of dishwashing detergent Strain before putting it in the sprayer. It mobilizes better if the water is warm when spraying.

We cannot take credit for this and we cannot recomend. Could be useful information. Steve

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