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 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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