My friends, I have gathered you here to discuss something very important in the gardening world. No matter how truly green you keep your garden, whether it’s with homemade compost lasagna, or by planting a community garden in your city, there’s one thing that can absolutely destroy it. Something very “deer” to my heart.
If you haven’t guessed, I’m talkin’ ’bout deer! Now, I’ve tried all kinds of things to keep them from demolishing my precious lil’ organic garden — sprinkling hair around the garden, making semi-invisible fences out of fishing line, sacrifices to the Moon God Jokar, even coyote pee.
But you know what? (raises knee up onto stool, props elbow on, looks earnestly into your eyes) None of that worked. I was about ready to throw in the towel to the dastardly deer.
I thought my choices were either build a 15-foot high fence around the garden, or just sit out there with an axe waiting for a deer to try its luck. This year, though, I found a different way (blinks back tears) — a better way.
I found the Contech Scarecrow, a motion-activated device that shoots out water when it detects something moving in its path. Plus, as an added bonus, it comes with some fearsome stickers that give it a vicious crow face.
Nifty Things about the Scarecrow
1) You can adjust how sensitive it is to motion, so it’s not going off every time a leaf moves 30 feet away from it.
2) Adjustable spraying arc, so you can control how far to the right or left it sprays.
3) If you can get it to not leak, it’s pretty water efficient!
4) No dangerous chemicals around your garden to keep out deer
5) Surprise shower every time you walk in front of it and forget to turn it off!
My only problem was the leaking. I cried eco-tears every time I’d turn on the hose only to see water flowing out of the Scarecrow. Luckily, I made the hose connection water-tight with a new washer and some teflon tape.
So if you’re having deer troubles, and you want a non-chemical, non-giant-fence solution, give the Scarecrow deer sprinkler a go. And now, I leave you with a lil’ video of the Scarecrow in action: