Scare Crow sprinkler, so far it's working!

wertach zone 7-B SCMay 15, 2012

I've been fighting deer for years, with hair, pee, radios, ETC. Late last season I bought a Scare Crow motion detector sprinkler and they stopped visiting.

I put it out as soon as my plants started emerging this year and nothing has been touched so far, knock on wood. I saw some deer tracks at the other end of the garden one time. But you could tell they left in a hurry!

I didn't get any green beans, okra, or southern peas last year because they kept them topped. Plus they stepped on other things and killed them.

I am looking at another thing though. I planted a bunch of garlic last fall, on the same end that I have the sprinkler. That may be helping too? I read somewhere that it helps.

I also plan to buy a bunch of "stinky" flowers this weekend and plant them in the bare spots.

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wertach zone 7-B SC

Bump

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 12:54PM
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rosiew(8 GA)

Glad to hear another success story. I know people on a street called Deer Crossing. They have used the Scarecrow with fabulous results, while their neighbors gardens get devoured. Recommended to another friend here who has moved into an area full of deer. Did she buy one? Nope. Is she still lamenting plant loss? Yep. Wish I could understand what makes people reject this product.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 12:24PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I ordered another one yesterday so that I can have one on each end of the garden. I have a big garden and want to be sure it is all covered.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 10:20AM
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rosiew(8 GA)

Sharing: folks I know who have this said their only problem was squirting the meter readers!! Sharing again: so so glad I don't have deer - yet. They've been spotted very close to me. Dreading the day. Bobcat has been spotted here, the rabbits on the next block are gone.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 7:17PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

@ rosiew It won't be long then!

I saw my first local deer in 1978. When I told my Dad, he said you just thought you saw a deer! He was a rabbit and coon hunter and had never saw one locally. He didn't believe that a non hunter would spot one first. Other folks laughed when I said that I saw one.

About 2 years later he said I'm glad we have deer here now. Then about 1 year later he said the damn deer are eating everything in my garden!

I have had one hit by a car laying in my front yard and several hit by cars within 100 yards of my house!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 1:30PM
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rosiew(8 GA)

wertach - you were right, at least I think that's what got my ONLY cassia alata from a bed near the street. Too late to start new ones. They're magnificent plants in the fall here. Bracing for more of an onslaught. I've had a blissful seven years here after 20+ years of deer where I lived before.

Sighing, Rosie, Sugar Hill, GA

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 8:30PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

They are still working!

I watched a deer munching on the apples that have fell off Sunday. I didn't bother it since it was helping me out! The trees are too big for them to get the good ones and I didn't have to break my back cleaning up the bad ones.

Beside that I have way too many apples anyway.

It walked towards the garden and the Scare Crow started, I didn't see anything else but a fast moving white tail! LOL

They did get all of my peaches from my small peach tree and some of my nectarines one night. But they are 200' away from the garden.

I'm going to buy another one for the peach and nectarine trees next year.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 12:29PM
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rosiew(8 GA)

I'd love to find some Scarecrows on season-end-clearance. If not, will def buy WHEN I see deer damage.

Wertach,too many apples? Didn't think that possible. Wish we were closer - I'd gather all the fallen ones for you. Do you compost them?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:20PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

"Wertach,too many apples? Didn't think that possible. Wish we were closer - I'd gather all the fallen ones for you. Do you compost them?"

Yes, I have too many apples! I have 3 huge trees, 2 are Gala and the other one is an unknown variety, it came with the house.

They are too big to spray, so they are blemished. People want organic fruit but they also want them to look like the ones in the grocery store! I can't use all of them and can't even give them away!

A few people at work are in to the total organic thing. I have took perfectly good organic apples to work for years and they wouldn't eat them because of blemishes! No worms or anything, just not "perfect"!

I do compost them, it's a chore since I have to pick them up by hand and fight off the bees. I have plenty of easier things to compost!

I wished you lived close enough too, I only pick them up for compost to keep the diseases down.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 2:17PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I have been watching closely for a year hoping for a season-end-clearance on Amazon and other places. I haven't found them any cheaper.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 2:21PM
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dr.liz(7 NJ)

Can you tell me how wide an angle the motion detector "sees?" How far the spray extends? I have a little woods I'm trying to renovate, about 40'x 100' oval, and I'm wondering whether I need 2 of these, and where to place them.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 8:34AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I don't really know "how wide an angle the motion detector "sees?" Sometimes mine just start with nothing that I can see moving. I have mine set on the max setting, it adjusts if you need to control it better.

"How far the spray extends?" About 10' on mine. But I am on a well, if you have public water you will have more pressure and it will spray farther.

I have two, fifty foot apart, protecting a 75' X 150' garden area.

Sorry to be so vague, but I hope this helps!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 2:57PM
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