This is the point in winter when many of us count down the days until spring is officially here. We scan the landscape for the first signs of fresh, green growth emerging from warming ground. Sadly we aren’t the only ones on the lookout!

Deer and rabbits are ‘smackin’ their lips’, ready to swoop down upon delicious tender leaves and swelling flower buds. GRRRRRR.

But as you prepare your defense tactics, you first need to know who your ‘enemy’ is. One of their ‘telltales’ is how they ‘nibble’. Rabbits have a full set of choppers that make a clean, sharp, angled cut on leaves and stems. Deer lack upper incisors (no top front teeth) and therefore tear at their food, leaving ragged edges. Plus, rabbits usually eat all, or most of the leaves while deer are ‘messy’ eaters, ripping at foliage and leaving some ‘on their plate’. Other incriminating evidence is the calling card that they leave behind – their droppings or better said, scat. Rabbits produce teeny brown, pea-like poo. Deer scat can look similar although it tends to be darker, more oval in shape, and left in little piles. I bet you never thought a lot about this before. Rabbits like to target new, tender growth while deer are much less picky.

You can save yourself all of the above detective work by eliminating ALL foraging in your gardens by using Plantskydd, the number one organic animal repellent (OMRI approved) used by professionals growers and landscapers. Plantskydd was initially developed in Sweden in 1991 and has been getting a lot of attention here in the U.S.A. It works by emitting an odor that animals associate with predator activity. Research has proven that odor-based repellents are more effective than other repellent systems where the animal needs to taste treated plants before being repelled. Animals avoid plants before they bite—not after! Plantskydd is effective for up to 6 months in winter and 3-4 months during the growing season. And a bonus? The repellent is also a fertilizer. Bloodmeal is a key ingredient and it’s high in nitrogen. Plantskydd has many products, some are for BOTH deer and rabbits, others are just for rabbits and smaller critters,

To learn more about Plantskyyd’s premier liquid and granular products and their use in the landscape, click here.  If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied they will refund you the full Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) as posted on their website or, the price shown on your purchase receipt—whichever is the lesser amount.

So don’t worry, be happy!