As discussed at the last Council meeting, my neighbor and I have had success in dissuading the eight deer residing behind property at Olive and Fernview from consuming our landscaping this past year.
This has been accomplished by utilizing "Deer resistant plants" and electronic devices. However keep in mind that if the deer get hungry enough, in the dead of winter they will eat the Ivy right off of the foundation walls standing two feet from the patio door! Check deer resistant plants on the internet for a list of plants or contact your local nursery.
The electronic devices we have found to be effective were purchased on line from Mastergardening.com. Specifically, the ultrasonic motion activated deer and animal repeller; item #DEE-4020 and the Wireless Fence electric baited deer control; DEE-3060. You may also check other sites for the same or similar items under Electronic Deer Controls.
We installed four units of the ultrasonic devices; two in the back and two on the side yard and six (2 kits of three) strategically located at the front edges of the landscaping. My next door neighbor installed two of the ultrasounds in the back.
After several weeks the deer were sufficiently conditioned to avoid our yards and gardens and we passed last summer with the hydrangeas intact.
We have counted as many as twelve deer during the rut season when the bucks show up. The herd has tripled in number from the original three in 2009 when they were first encountered in our neighborhood. At this rate we fear they will have more votes at the annual meeting than the residents.
While our efforts are saving our landscaping, we are still very concerned about he safety hazard posed by their proximity to Olive between Fernview and Creve Coeur Mill Road because of the speed of the autos going down the hill to CC Mill road. A number of autos and deer have collided in this area.
In our opinion, the city should develop a serious city wide control plan before someone is seriously hurt in an auto accident.
R. W. Kent Ward IV Greengate Trustee
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