Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

A Terrier to Control Deer?

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACan a tiny Jack Russell terrier chase away deer 7 times his size? A reader from Rawdon, Quebec says he can. When she bought her property, it was invaded by deer on a regular basis, sometimes up to 7 at a time. They ravaged her vegetable patch and nearly destroyed her attempts at putting in flowerbeds. Then she bought Terri. The little terrier has access to the yard day and night thanks to a dog door and seems to take great pleasure in keeping other mammals at bay, chasing off squirrels, groundhogs and even deer. He respects the limits of her property and never bothers animals in her neighbors’ yards, but any animal that tries to enter her yard is chased away with a barrage of barking and flashing teeth. She can now grow beautiful flowerbeds and a great vegetable garden without worrying about deer damage.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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