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What the gardening magazines said about us

Sorry deer.  No Free Lunch.
Homestead, March 2012, p. 29.  By Rod Gasch.

When Dave Jensen moved to the countryside outside Clare, Michigan, he looked forward to having more room to garden.  Initially the deer in his neighborhood were very appreciative.  "They ate most everything I planted," says Jensen.  Out of that frustration, he started Deer-resistant Landscape Nursery, which now offers 200 varieties of plants that deer don't like, along with books, fencing and deer repellents.

Bland diet.  "Deer prefer plain food," says Jensen, "so most of our varieties have aromatic foliage or some chemical in the plant that tastes spicy to the deer.  To protect fruit trees and vegetable gardens, many people go with deer fencing.  The 8-foot tall net we sell isn't cheap, but it allows you to grow your favorite varieties without deer damage.  Often people will fence in their entire back yard."

Jensen hasn't completely converted to deer-resistant plants.  "My wife likes tulips and pansies," he says.  "The only way we can enjoy those blossoms is to spray them with deer repellent."

(Homestead is sent to owners of John Deere equipment.)

Popular Mechanics
Our Nursery is mentioned in September, 2008.  Click here to read free article online!

Derailing Deer Damage 
Midwest Living, October 1998, p. 64

When deer ate his roses and yews, Dave Jensen of Clare, Michigan, didn't give up. Instead, he opened a nursery specializing in plants that deer won't eat.

Deer like to munch on shade-loving hostas and impatiens. So Dave, who owns Deer-Resistant Landscape Nursery in Clare, suggests that you substitute other low-light plants such as foxglove and various ferns.

If you have a sunny garden, Dave recommends planting purple coneflower and butterfly milkweed, rather than deer favorites such as mums and tulips.

Boxwood, a broadleaf evergreen, ranks high on Dave's list of recommended shrubs. "Deer don't like its smell," he reports. "Deer avoid barberry, too."

Dave ships plants in pots spring through fall, weather permitting. His nursery also sells books filled with ideas for deer-proofing landscapes.

You can order one spring and one fall catalog ($3 for both) from: Deer-Resistant Landscape Nursery, 3200 Sunstone Ct., Clare, MI 48617 (800) 595-3650.

Oh, Deer Banishing Bambi Just Got Easier
Garden Design, Dec. '97/Jan. '98, pp. 21-22

Forget about stuffing hair into panyhose. Deer don't seem to mind anymore. Nor are they always bothered by blood meal, deodorant soap, or any of the other humane deterrents that gardeners have relied on for years. The hooved marauders will even jump all but the highest electric fences.

Deer are getting bolder. As suburbia expands and more Americans garden on semirural land, deer come into contact with humans so often that they're no longer afraid of us, says Paul Curtis, a wildlife specialist at Cornell University. He estimates that in New York State alone, the annual crop damage caused by deer is in the tens of millions of dollars. "And it's getting worse," he adds. When gardener Renee Klein moved from New York City to the suburbs last summer, she found deer to be as prevalent as pigeons are in the city. "I'm planning a rooftop garden," she sighs.

Of course, gardeners in deer country can grow at ground level, if they choose plants that the animals can't abide---a lesson nursery-man Dave Jensen learned the hard way. After moving to the Michigan countryside in 1991, Jensen watched his beloved roses disappear. Soon his search for deer-resistant plants---and a business---was launched.

Two years ago, Jensen opened the Deer-Resistant Landscape Nursery. His spring and fall catalogs are packed with advice and with plants that will thrive in most zones despite furry foragers. "Deer like bland flavors," he says. "If something has a strong scent, it's usually off the menu."

Though deer may not go for Jensen's selections, gardeners will. He offers favorites like boxwood (Buxus 'Chicagoland Green'), hellebore (Helleborus orientalis hybrids), lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'), and foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora). Jensen avoids such deer delicacies as impatiens, viburnum, and hostas.

He's quick to add that there are no guarantees. "If deer are starving," he says, "they'll eat anything. But they ignore my plants 90 percent of the time." For gardeners tired of serving gourmet meals to uninvited guests, that's welcome news.---George W. Stone

Small Ground
Organic Gardening, April 1998, p. 12

Deer-resistant perennials (with a one-year warranty against deer damage) are available from the new Deer-resistant Landscape Nursery, 3200 Sunstone Ct., Clare, MI 48617, catalog $3. The catalog listings include lady's mantle, bleeding hearts, astilbe, hellebores, Siberia iris, lavenders, bee balms, peonies and more.


 
         
 

 

 

   

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