Deer ate my tulips


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I absolutely love tulips and a few years ago, I splurged and bought over 1000 bulbs to plant in my yard. The next spring, they started to come up and got a few inches tall, when the deer came into my yard and ate them all. Boy was I upset - not so much over the cost, but because of the labor involved in planting all those bulbs. I was so looking forward to my beautiful spring garden. Does anyone know of a way to keep the deer from eating my tulips?
 
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I absolutely love tulips and a few years ago, I splurged and bought over 1000 bulbs to plant in my yard. The next spring, they started to come up and got a few inches tall, when the deer came into my yard and ate them all. Boy was I upset - not so much over the cost, but because of the labor involved in planting all those bulbs. I was so looking forward to my beautiful spring garden. Does anyone know of a way to keep the deer from eating my tulips?
Have you tried Liquid Fence? Or mountain lion urine?
 
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I'm a hunter by nature, and a botanist second. If I saw a deer eating my hard work and effort, I don't know if my 30/30 rifle would have had a hard time leaving its gun cabinet. As an avid deeer hunter, I can suggest some multiple things.

If you can't afford fencing to keep them out, I suggest going to the outskirts of your property and using "Salt-Licks" to keep the deer at bay. Aside from constant supervision and surveillance cameras, you'd need a dog or animal to keep them away if the "Salt-Licks" don't work.

Unless you had mountain lion urine.
 
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Galmal, I'm so sorry this happened to you!:( It would break my heart if I lost so many tulips:( Each one of my plants is very dear and special to me.
Is your garden fenced off? A good fence should stop deers from visiting you.
 
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So sorry to hear this happened to you, Galmal! I'd sure be so pissed up and sad if a deer suddenly out of nowhere came and ate all my flowers! Not fair at all! I think Shane offered you some really good tips, hopefully you can solve this issue soon!
 
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All the tulips in my town get eaten. It's so sad the deer just go around like they own the place.

I will warn you the urine products smell so bag you may experience nausea while trying to use them. My workplace tried one called "deer be gone" but we all said it should have been called people be gone.
 
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My first thought is to put up a fence. Deer can't be the only uninvited wildlife entering your garden. If erecting a fence is cost prohibitive you could try other barriers like hedges or low walls. You could also relocate the tulip bulbs to an area where it would more difficult for the deer to get to them.
 
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That is terrible! Deer used to get into my dad's vegetable garden all of the item and he ended up bordering the whole thing with chicken wire. I am sure that you do not want an unsightly fence all around your beautiful tulips though.
 
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That is terrible! Deer used to get into my dad's vegetable garden all of the item and he ended up bordering the whole thing with chicken wire. I am sure that you do not want an unsightly fence all around your beautiful tulips though.
I'm a hunter by nature, and a botanist second. If I saw a deer eating my hard work and effort, I don't know if my 30/30 rifle would have had a hard time leaving its gun cabinet. As an avid deeer hunter, I can suggest some multiple things.

If you can't afford fencing to keep them out, I suggest going to the outskirts of your property and using "Salt-Licks" to keep the deer at bay. Aside from constant supervision and surveillance cameras, you'd need a dog or animal to keep them away if the "Salt-Licks" don't work.

Unless you had mountain lion urine.
Yep, HVLP is the only sure fire cure as the varmint in the pic can attest too.
 

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The ironic thing about it is that I've lived in the country and never had any problems with the deer. It was when we moved to the city (well, a small city of about 100,000 people) that they became destructive. As far as fencing the area, I've seen deer jump an 8 foot fence - so that wouldn't help. And since we live in the city, shooting at them would have landed me in jail. :eek: I have to say though, a month or two later, they made up for it (well, a little bit) when two of them came up to a big picture window in my living room and looked in at me. Their noses were actually pressed up against the glass.
 
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Here's the culprit - I forgot I had this picture. Of course, with a face like that, how could I stay mad!

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I seldom have tulips make it passed a single bloom. They must be very delicious because something always eats them. Daffodils however come back and multiple. Guess they aren't tasty.
 
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Another good routine to do, if the Deer are into your yard too much (without harming the cute little thing, if that's what you think) is to plant an outer perimeter of flowers that are meant to be wild and not tended to. Then fence in your specific plants, allowing the 'wild' plants to be on the outside. Generally they'll eat them and leave, but if they're hungry and the fence is low they'll just hop the fence (yup, tested). Make sure the fence is clear-mesh so they have issues seeing it, and make sure it's above average jump height of a deer that's not in full run (I'd say generally five to six feet high) and you should be fine.
 
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I had planted several tulip bulbs for a yard customer. For two years they flowered very well. However, at the beginning of the third Spring, we found so many tulip plants had been chewed to the base. I spent two Autumns planting daffodil bulbs that would flower in April and May.
 
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You could try Cayenne pepper. Seems to work on most critters but you will have to reapply occasionally. If they are eating your tulips they are going to start eating other things too. If you are really serious you could also try a propane cannon, but it will scare off birds too.
 

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