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DIY deer deterrent for plants and flowers

Well my friends it’s that time of the year when all the Summer plants and bushes are growing leaps and bounds from the Spring rain and hot days.

But with that comes the birthing season for deer. I live in Parma Heights a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. We have an overpopulation of deer which like to wonder from their natural habitat of woods and parks into our neighborhoods to feast on plants and flowers in our yards. I have several hosta plants and daylilys which seem to be some of their favorites.

I am going to share with you a remedy that has stopped them from eating my daylilys down to little nubs. You will need the following items:

1. Irish spring soap (found mine at Dollar Tree)

2. Dryer sheets

3. Wooden skewers (cooking section)

4. Wire

5. Wire cutters

6. Sharp knife ( to cut soap)

Supplies needed

To get started cut the soap across the short end and cut that into 3 smaller pieces. If it chips into smaller pieces no worries these will be put in with larger pieces.

Now cut the dryer sheet into thirds or fourths. You will take a piece of soap and wrap it up in cut up dryer sheet, (it will resemble a balloon) and twist a piece of cut wire about 4 inches long and twist around the bottom of the soap.

Depending on what you are using the soap packet on, plant or bush, will determine if you will attach soap to a skewer. I cut my skewers into thirds and wrapped the wire with soap tightly around the skewer.

Soap on skewers for ground inserting, wire only for attaching to a Bush

For my hostas and daylilys I used the soap on skewers inserted in ground in middle of plant. For bushes I used the wire only and tied onto a branch.

The plant with red flowers had already been eaten on before I added the soap, see next picture.

The real proof it works is my daylilys. Every year the deer eat these till they are about 6 inches tall and was lucky to get 2-3 flowers the entire Summer. I have tried the expensive deer repellent spray from the Garden Center which smells horrible and is washed away when it rains.

After hearing about this from a friend I finally tried it as soon as the daylilys started sprouting. I cut a larger piece of soap and inserted the skewer directly into the soap. I had to part the leaves of the plant to show you the soap was still there.

The last picture shows how large the daylily is and is loaded with flower buds. I can’t wait till they bloom.

I hope you enjoyed my blog on DIY deer deterrent and please try if you have an issue with deer eating your beautiful flowers. Enjoy your Summer! Debbie

Crafting tips and tricks

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Beginner Tools for wreath making

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1. Fiskars scissors – A good pair of scissors is a must for

cutting ribbon to get a clean cut.

2.Greenlee cutting pliers – An excellent pair of wire

cutters will last for years. Used to

cut floral wire and thick floral stems.

3.Fiskars Rotary Cutterused to cut the deco mesh with

ease.

4.Fiskars Cutting Mat 24×36 – a 24 x 36 cutting mat to

use with the rotary cutter to

protect your table.

5.Brentwood Glue skillet – this skillet is very convenient

for dipping floral stems in.

6.Surebonder Glue Stick – Quick melting glue pellets for

use with glue skillet.

7.Pro-Bow the Hand Bow maker – Make professional

looking bows with ease with

Pro-Bow The Hand.

8. Zip Tie MountsAttach to signs and use with zip

ties for easy application to wreath.

9. Zip Tie 12 in – I use to secure mesh ends to wreath

base and for attaching signs.

10. Stanley Staple Gun – May use to staple pipe

cleaners to wood sign for

attaching.

Trips

My trip to Virginia Beach

I was traveling to Virginia Beach for a Social Media Conference.  The first morning there I set the alarm for 6 am since the IMG_2230conference was to start at 8 am, I looked out the balcony window and the sun was just starting to come up, this was my  first time seeing a  sunrise, I have never been a morning person and this wasn’t a priority on other trips. Of course I took a picture and posted a “Good Morning from Virginia Beach” caption and posted to facebook.  The conference was great and I met a wonderful group of ladies and learned a great wealth of knowledge.   So what is a trip without a few selfies of myself and the hubs?

 

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My co-worker always posts a picture of a local donut shop in the Outer Banks called Duck Donuts so I decided we must see what all the hoopla is about.  We walk in the door and my first thought is where is all the donuts?  These donuts are not premade they are cooked when you place your order, all are vanilla cake donuts then you choose your glaze and toppings, my husbands favorite is the maple bacon and mine was one that   was  chocolate glazed with chopped peanuts and coconut, feast your eyes on these!!              IMG_2263

After our delicious donuts we were on our way to the Norfolk Naval base to do a tour.  My husband did his service in the Army but has a love for all things military.  He has this uncanny ability to name every type of ship, plane and helicopter so he was hoping to see the new F35 fighter plane.  Unfortunately we had to stay on the tour bus and were not permitted to take pictures of the piers and ships.  This is what I was able to catch out the window of the bus.  I didn’t know this but the Norfolk base is the largest one in the United States, in case you were wondering.    39D37143-B529-4712-A81F-8090AC35FAD6

 

 

From Norfolk we traveled to Fredericksburg to do some window shopping in this historical town but more importantly to unwind in luxury at the Richard Johnson Inn. This Inn named after the mayor of Fredericksburg during the 1800’s and  is located on Caroline St between historical shops. The rooms are beautiful with canopied beds, fireplaces, desks, and rocking chairs  and to top it off there are chocolates and brandy on the dresser! Last but not least the Inn keepers are delightful and make a breakfast to die for!

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I hope you have enjoyed my story ! Debbie