Aug. 29 column: Dealing with deer

Dealing with deer and moose

Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Dissuading uninvited guests.¬†As most residents of the Inland Northwest know, dealing with deer and other critters – moose, turkeys, raccoons, squirrels and gophers, to name a few – can be a frustrating problem. This topic is something I get asked about a lot which is what prompted this column. I list several strategies you can employ to keep them away from your garden.

I didn’t have room to include lists of deer-resistant plants but here are some suggestions:

Perennials: anemone, bee balm, black-eyed Susan, blanketflower, bleeding heart, coneflower, foxglove, globe thistle, hellebore, iris, lupine, poppy, rockcress, Russian sage, sedum, Shasta daisy, snow-in-summer, and yarrow.

Shrubs: chokecherry, elderberry, currant, lilac, red-twig dogwood, snowberry, Mugho pine, spirea, Oregon grape, rhododendron, cotoneaster, kinnikinnik, and wild rose.

Trees: birch, linden, sumac, willow and conifers like Douglas fir, hemlock, juniper, pine and spruce.

If you’re looking for a good book about how to deal with deer, one of my favorites is “Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden” by Rhonda Massingham Hart (Storey Publishing, 200 pages, $14.95). The author does a good job of looking at why deer behave the way they do, which helps us come up with better ways of repelling them.

I hope you enjoyed the photo that accompanied today’s column. You can imagine how shocking it was to look out our front window and see “Mortimer the Moose” that day! I’m including the photo above, which was our first glimpse of him. He visited us for several days in a row, which gave me the opportunity to take some photos that I wouldn’t ordinarily be close enough to get.