Preventing Animal Damage


Landscape contractor Tom Hollow of 24 Kt. Green in Thousand Oaks, CA has a great tip for those of you battling to keep your landscape from being gobbled up by wildlife. Tom's company maintains the landscape of a beautiful university campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. This area is also home to many mule deer, rabbits etc. that love to forage on the lush campus grounds, especially those tasty rose buds.

To prevent damage to specific plants we spray a hot sauce mixturedirectly on the tender new leaves and buds that the animals are fond of. This is an organic technique that does not harm the plant or the animal but quickly teaches them to avoid those bushes. You can use regular hot sauce from the market in a hand held sprayer however it will wash off when your sprinklers water or it rains, so it must be reapplied frequently. We use a commercial grade pepper sauce that is very concentrated and mix it with a anti-transpirant which allows the product to adhere to the plant through multiple rains. Using this technique has prevented deer and rabbit damage while employing a organic and humane approach that was so important to the university?

Well there you have it. An ingenious approach to an age old problem. Tom said that you can find the commercial hot sauce and anti-transpirant at a agricultural supply or large garden center.

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