Title: Deer-Resistant Landscaping
Author: Neil Soderstrom
Publisher: Rodale Books, 2008
The author spent a lot of time researching and consulting with experts to understand these mammals and the problems they cause. Approximately 20 mammals are discussed. In developing a garden, I must understand the value that each creature has in the ecosystem, even though it may wreak havoc on my plants. Here, the author devotes sections to discussing the role of each mammal in the wild before offering solutions or deterrents.
I primarily bought this book for rabbit and vole control. I do not have a deer problem because we have a fence on a slope. So far, the deer have not attempted to jump up over the fence onto the slope. My guess is that it may be a bit tricky. Whatever the reason, I am grateful the deer do not frequent my garden.
|Rabbit Damage on Ice Plant|
The book does offer various solutions for vole control. The author lists some of the most preferred and least preferred plants of voles. Root crops and young tree roots are favored by voles. Voles do not seem to favor mature melons or tomatoes. In his research, he can say with certainty that Amsonia (bluestar), Pycnanthemum (mountain mint), and Solidago (goldenrod) are vole resistant plants. He lists some other plants that may be resistant.
Although I have found some additional methods of controlling rabbits and voles that are not discussed in this book, I think this is a great reference for any gardener attempting to control the damage that many mammals cause in the garden. The author has done a lot of research and discusses each mammal and the solutions quite thoroughly.
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- inspired them to live or garden more sustainably - or -
- inspire their love of nature
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