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Deer Fence Kits- Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Three Reasons to Choose a Deer Fence Kit to Protect Your Yard

At Buck Stop Deer Prevention and Control Products, we have known for quite some time just how effective our products and services are because we use them ourselves. We know what it feels like to put a great deal of time and effort into landscaping a yard or caring for a garden only to have it destroyed by wild animals. It is for this reason that we developed deer fences, and there are many benefits to the deer fence kits that we offer to our customers.

Perfect for Protecting the Yard or Garden

If you are looking for a way to keep deer out of your yard or your garden, then there is no better solution than a deer fence. The fences that we provide are tough and durable, and they are able to effectively keep deer out. No longer will you have to feel the pain of seeing something that you put a great deal of time and effort into destroyed overnight by hungry deer.

Varying Sizes and Strengths Available

With deer fence kits, there are many options when it comes to the size and strength of the fence that you opt for. If you only need to keep the deer out of the garden, then you can opt for one of the smaller kits. If your entire yard can benefit from keeping deer out, there are larger fence kits as well. The kits are available in the following sizes:

  • 6’ x 100’ (rodent control optional)
  • 7.5’ x 100’ (angle post and rodent control optional)
  • 7.5’ x 330’

Fence Kits Are Removable

While the fences do very little to impact your view, the deer fence kits are removable so that they can be taken out at the end of the growing season. This fact is very attractive to homeowners who use their yards for multiple purposes throughout the year. Of course, if you are interested in our deer fence kits please give us a call at 1-800-699-0643. 

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Deer Scram and Deer Repellants- Friday, May 23, 2014

Using Deer Repellent To Protect Your Garden and Landscaping

During the early 20th century the total population of white-tailed deer had dwindled to an estimated 300,000 individuals nationwide. However, widespread conservation efforts have not only restored this native North American animal to its original numbers, many areas of the U.S. are finding that the number of local deer currently exceeds the land's carrying capacity. This has led to a huge increase of nuisance issues for urban as well as rural residents. As communities continue to work to deal humanely with these population issues many homeowners are looking to environmentally safe deer repellent products to minimize the impact of these voracious vegetarians on backyard gardens and landscaping.

Biodegradable Deer Repellent Products

From home remedies like cayenne pepper and marigolds to foul-smelling chemical repellents, gardeners have tried just about everything to keep deer from devouring their backyard plants. However, as science improves new biodegradable products have been introduced that can effectively repel deer without causing harm to the environment or causing overwhelming odor issues. Deer Scram is one recently introduced product that is fully biodegradable and formulated to deter deer and rabbits without causing environmental harm.

How Deer Scram Repellants Work

This granular deer repellent product uses specialized chemical compounds that are easily picked up by the sensitive noses of deer while being nearly imperceptible to humans. These compounds simulate odors that deer and rabbits associate closely with predatory animals, causing them to carefully avoid any treated areas. Unlike repellants that are simply unpleasant, products like Deer Scram activate an instinctive defense response--complete avoidance--that is highly effective for preventing unwanted foraging. Granular products can be easily sprinkled around the perimeters of plant beds, garden plots, and at the base of protective fencing.

Guarding Your Backyard Buffet

Whether you just need to protect a small garden plot or the perimeter of a large backyard area, Buck Stop Fence carries a full range of environmentally safe repellent products to put an end to summertime free feeding. 

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Deer Damage Control Methods - Deer Fence- Sunday, March 9, 2014

When it comes to keeping deer out of the hand-grown handiwork that is forms a garden or landscape, most turn to sturdy deer fences. And for good reason ... it's the absolute best and most sensible way to keep them out. Let's assess the five most common ways to keep deer out of yards.

There are five basic deer control methods commonly used to reduce or stop deer from damaging the goods:

1) Deer resistant foliage and plants

2) Deer repellent

3) Electric fencing

4) Various scare tactics

5) Another physical barrier, such as a non-electric deer fence

Another thing to keep in mind is that among all of these techniques above, there are dozens of different ways to keep deer out. For example, there are several variations of deer repellant, down to the "home made" deer repellent (we don't recommend making your own deer repellent unless you really know what you're doing!) There are also several options for physical barriers, down to the most rudimentary of deer fences. Likewise, there are numerous kinds of scare tactics -- and we won't go into that -- but you get the idea. We will always recommend the good old fashioned deer fence, though, because when it comes down to it, we believe that over time it will provde to be the most efficient and reliable.

There are also two basic kinds of electric fence, bait and non-baited electric fence. All of these things reduce the damage that can be done by deer (and other wildlife), but not all of them are as effective. The problem comes in the fact that deer damage control methods only perform for a short period of time and not every tactic will work for everyone.

Deer repellent is another option. Deer repellent shouldn't be seen as a replacement for a deer fence, but rather a good second option or a great addition to building a deer fence. Check out our webpage on deer repellent for more information, or contact us with any questions you may have.

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Assessing Your Needs for a Deer Fence- Monday, December 9, 2013

Everyone knows that the primary purpose of a deer fense is to keep animals and pests away from your garden, yard and landscape work. But you can't choose the best garden fence until you know what "the best" is for your particular needs - i.e. what kinds of animals are really getting into your garden and landscape. But that's why we're here! To let you know.

The eight most prevalent animal pests that get into gardens, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Deer
  • Groundhogs
  • Pocket gophers
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Squirrels
  • Voles*

*A vole is a small rodent that looks a lot like a mouse. The differences are few and far between, but voles have a shorter, stouter body, a shorter tail, a rounder head and smaller ears and eyes. Their teeth are also a bit different.

It's interesting that voles are more often spotted in gardens than mice or rats. Also note that opossums and moles are missing from the list... interesting indeed! It's because neither of them actually eat or damage crops and plants. Actually, their diet consists of mostly insects, so they're considered beneficial.

We suggest identifying which animals are causing havoc. You can use visual clues such as footprints, teeth marks, feces and even the way they dig for food and what food they dig for.

We will say, however, that if you live in the southern Ohio / Northern Kentucky areas, deer, squirrels and rabbits are very prevalent. You can also witness the damage done, (especially by squirrels, birds and groundhogs) during daylight hours. Purchase binoculars to view them from afar.

Knowing is half the battle! If you have any questions, talk to a specialist here at Buck Stop by calling 1-800-699-0643.

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Choosing the Right Size Deer Fence- Monday, November 11, 2013

Deer fences come in many shapes and sizes. Here at BuckStop, some of our fences come as low as 4 feet, while others go as high as 10 feet. (We also carry 6', 7.5' and 8'). Chances are that you already know how long you need your fence to be from simply measuring your yard's perimeter, but you're not completely sure how high it should be.

The average "recommended" size for a deer fence is 6 feet because deer won't leap higher than that, but there are reasons you might want to go higher. The funny thing is that 6-footers are a little unpopular because many people will think that they're too low and the deer could hop over them, but they generally won't be able to. On the contrast, the higher fences (10 feet) are also rare because people not only think they don't need them to be that high, and they're expensive to ship. Therefore, almost every deer fences that are purchased and installed now-a-days are 4-8 feet in height. 

To answer the original question, a 6 foot deer fence will usually be plenty.

Other things to think about when choosing a deer fence:

  • How strong and durable does it need to be? BuckStop carries both standard & heavy duty deer fences.
  • Should you buy tree guards?
  • Do you need an 'odor control' product such as Deer Scram, as well as a fence?
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What are Tree Guards and Why Invest in Them?- Thursday, October 17, 2013

A tree guard, as the term suggests, is a shelter that protects an individual tree. Tree guards have a tube shape and are made from different materials.

So, how do tree guards work? Different mechanisms are used to fasten tree guards closed. As an example, some make use of zip ties to fasten them closed. By fastening them closed, you will be creating a greenhouse environment. Tree guards are available in different sizes for trees of different sizes. They are fastened into the ground by pinning them into the ground. Replace the tree guard as the tree grows.

One of the greatest benefits of a tree guard is that it offers tree protection from browsing animals. If you live in a area that has a big deer population, the trees and shrubs that are most vulnerable to deer impact are Ash, Aspen, Firs, Hazel, Holly, Norway spruce, Oaks, Rowan, Scots pine, and Willows & sallow. Without a tree guard, you risk finding the bark of that special tree stripped, getting half the garden eaten, or finding your planting bed destroyed. A tree guard will save you money since you will not have to keep on replanting seedlings.

If you have a deer problem, using a tree guard is the most humane deer prevention method since you will not harm the animal. Note that deer protection is mandatory in most jurisdictions and harming the animal attracts hefty fines.

Other than deer prevention and tree protection, tree guards are also advantageous in that they help with UV protection. UV (ultraviolet) rays are just as harmful to seedlings and young plants as they are to human beings and animals.

If you are worried about mildew and moisture build up, you need not worry because there are many tree guards made of rigid plastic mesh. The mesh design is also advantageous in that it allows air in. Tree guards are also advantageous in that they keep insects and small animals out. Insects and small animals not only destroy the plant by chewing away the leaves, the stem, and the roots, but they also spread diseases.

The greenhouse environment created by tree guards is important because it stimulates rapid height growth. This is particularly important if you have planted such slow growing broad leave species as oak (but do not use a tree guard for beech because the tree is susceptible to sooty mould when in a sheltered environment). Tree guards also help trees grow straight.

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How to Apply Deer Scram Deer Repellent- Thursday, October 10, 2013

Deer Scram Deer Repellent Application

If building a fence around your valuable garden or yard is not feasible or you just need the extra protection provided by deer repellent but you're not sure how to apply it or how often to apply it, keep reading! Keep deer, rabbits and other critters away from your gardens and landscape effectively with Deer Scram deer repellant. Deer Scram is an organic, meaning it won't hurt the deer or critters. It's a granular composition that is best applied as a protective barrier around plants, flowers, trees and shrubs. You can even spread Deer Scram directly over a garden or flowerbed. Deer Scram is a natural, effective choice for protecting your landscaping work, lawn ornamentals, vegetables, plants, shrubs, trees and other vegetation. Deer Scram must be used as directed to work correctly and effectively, though, so keep reading for general application rules.

Deer scram should be applied consistently every 30-45 days, depending, of course, on the climate. For example, if it has been raining a lot in your area, it should be applied every 30 days. If it's been dry outside, you can wait up to 45 days to re-apply it.

On the initial application of Deer Scram, you must apply it heavily so it VISIBLY covers the ground. It must cover the ground around the plants, flowers and/or shrubs. It should be applied in a perimeter-like surrounding, 18 inches from the outside edge of the vegetation being protected by it.

Now, down to the nitty-gritty. For individual plants, shrubs, and bushes, sprinkle Deer Scram liberally around them. It aids in their protection. For smaller gardens and flowerbeds (approx. 10 feet by 15 feet), sprinkle Deer Scram liberally in a 16-inch strip around the entire bed and/or plot.

We also recommend applying the Deer Scram to around the base of your fencing, if you have it. This will keep rabbits and other critters from slipping in.

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Deer Scram Deer Repellent Q&A- Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Deer Scram Deer Repellent Q&A

We don’t just recommend products on the fly; we test all of the products we offer extensively. We make the effort so we can safely say: ‘All of our deer repellents work!’ After testing we can say this with confidence! Not only that, but we want guarantee that our deer repellents won’t actually harm the deer—it’ll only keep them out of your garden.

Deer overpopulation is a problem in many parts of Ohio. Keep your most prized possession deer-free.

Q: How does Deer Scram deer repellent work?

A: Deer are repelled by certain smells because they think it’s harmful to them. Deer Scram repellent ‘odorizes’ your landscape and garden and sends them a protective signal to keep away. The odors in Deer Scram trigger a chemical in the brain that causes Deer to think they’re in an unsafe environment. This reaction endues stress and a nervousness that results in uninterested Deer and Safe, health, and protected Plants!!

Q: How often should I apply Deer Scram?

A: To work effectively, you should apply Deer Scram every 20-35 days. You may only need to apply a few times during summer; do to the Summers drier conditions.   

Q: How do I apply Deer Scram?

A: Using the scoop that comes with it, apply liberally to the ground in a 16” wide strip around plants, landscape or any plot needing protection from rabbits and deer.

Q: Should I re-apply it to the ground after it rains?

A: Not every time. Reapplication is only necessary after a heavy rain – for example, after a downpour of 1-2 inches per hour, or if it rains for half an hour or longer. Deer Scram is designed with a unique compound that allows odors to stick to the ground and remain effective both during and after wet weather.   –Deer Scram still works after it rains!!! 

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Tips on Preserving Your Garden this Summer- Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Avid gardeners work day in and day out to grow the best vegetables, plant the healthiest tree, to keep their landscape looking great and to keep their plants and flowers in full bloom. But imagine, if one day, a herd a deer ruined it all—foraging to their heart’s desire. A gardener’s hopes for their plants, shrubs trees and vegetables would be dashed. Be proactive—prevent this from ever happening to you by following our tips below.

  1. The most obvious tip we’ll give you is to build an impenetrable fence around your entire yard. We have all the supplies you’ll need to make that happen. Deer fence provides a low maintenance, cost effective solution to your deer issue. Nearly invisible, yet highly durable, the Deer fence serves as a constant barrier that forever discourages deer, forcing them to find new food sources.     
  2. Consider investing in Deer Scram or BuckStop. Both are granular products that are water resistant and highly effective.  Neither are poisonous or harmful to Deer, but both provide an overwhelming aroma (to Deer only J) that signifies danger and caution. Although harmless, the scent of fear from BuckStop and Deer Scram is more than enough to ensure the safety of all your plants and vegetables.
  3. Learn what deer eat, and where they eat. Deer like to eat in areas near cover; that makes your garden the perfect spot! Gardens provide a variety of meals—and usually in big quantities. Deer eat virtually everything: vegetables, fruits and foliage, including fruit-bearing trees, ivy, strawberries, pine, lettuce, maple, corn, peas, and much, much more. They actually enjoy variety over quantity, and they’ll eat a little bit of everything if it’s up to them.
  4. Identify the damage done to figure out of you should start investing in a fence or other alternatives. You can tell if a tree has been damaged by deer because the ends of branches will be destroyed or torn off. Plants will have slit marks. Deer don’t have incisor teeth—meaning they tear at things, they don’t bite. Rodents and rabbits, on the other hand, do have incisors, so they’ll bite and nibble. The height of the damage is another great indicator of animal intrusion.
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What Does Deer Scram Consist Of?- Monday, May 13, 2013

What is Deer Scram Made of?

Deer scram is made of all-natural, organic material – meaning it’s not harmful to your landscape (including plants, trees and bushes) OR your children, pets and other loved ones. Deer scram is made of organic materials that deer perceive to be harmful. But, don’t worry…deer scram does not harm deer.

That being said, the main ingredient in deer scram is animal product. This usually means the main ingredient consists of dried blood and/or meat meal, and the other active ingredients include small amounts of garlic, white pepper and cloves. All ingredients are biodegradable – meaning they’ll break down in your yard over time, leaving no mess and working for many days on end per spread. Our scram normally lasts for up to 45 days. Most deer scram also works to keep rabbits out of your garden and landscape, too.

Facts about Our Deer Scram

Our deer scram is not only fully organic and harmless, it’s guaranteed to work and last. Here are some more great facts about it:

  • Lasts 30-45 Days
  • Won't wash off in the rain
  • Works in up to 6 inches of snow
  • Covers up to 1,600 square footage of land
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