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    Create a Tick-Resistant Garden


    Spring is the best time of the year for gardening when grasses and plants come back to life. As the temperatures rise though, gardeners face challenges caused by white-tailed deer. 

    Deer are the number one carriers of tick-borne diseases, including Lyme Disease, in the United States; and they start dropping ticks onto landscapes beginning in March. Because ticks feed on warm-blooded mammals, such as deer, humans and pets, they will wait for their next blood meal in grassy areas - the exact place where a gardener or landscape goes to work in the spring. 

    nature-3159093-1920.jpgCreating a tick-resistant garden this spring requires a deer management strategy. Remember, deer are the number one carriers of ticks; so, it only makes sense that we keep deer away from our landscape. 

    So, what's the best strategy to rid deer from gardens? Build a deer fence. Installing deer fencing is the most effective means for deer control in the garden and reduces the spread of tick-borne illnesses by 97 percent. The best height deer fence is 7.5' to 8' feet high in order to block attempts from jumping deer. 

    Landscapers who use cedar oil other tick resistant sprays on landscapes will see a dramatic reduction of ticks in gardens. Deer-resistant plants including iris, verbana and geraniums, should be planted around gardens to keep deer away. Another method for deer management is the use of deer repellents with pepper, garlic and herbs that deer hate.

    Spring gardening is a fun time of the year for planting asparagus, carrots, lettuce, and other herbs. Enjoy the season without worrying about tick diseases and deer damage. 


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