Dan’s Garden: Maintaining Roses and Deer

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MEDFORD, Ore. — If deer are a problem in your yard, you can discourage them by using all different kinds of arraignments…or maybe you can let the deer help you.

Take a third of a cup of dish-washing soap, a third of a cup of Tabasco, one beef bouillon cube, three eggs and a cup of water; mix them all together and put them into a one gallon container; finish filling it all the way up until you’ve got a full gallon.

When spring comes, and when the roses just start to pop their first leaves, spray once a week and continue once a week to spray. The minute the deer come and smell this, they’re gone. They don’t like the smell of these particular items.

OSU Master Gardener Laurin Parker recalls the story of one man in northern Oregon who sprays his garden throughout the season, but stops spraying toward the end of the season and allows the deer to eat at the roses as a form of natural pruning. The deer eat back the roses and they cut the canes back short enough that now the snow won’t bother them.

This is a very simple way to use in an organic mixture that will help discourage deer from eating our flowers, your plants, roses or anything else they like to eat.

For more information, consult the OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines:

Jackson County: 541-776-7371
Josephine County: 541-476-6613
Klamath County: 541-883-7131
Curry County: 541-247-6672