Posted: 29/05/2013 at 14:15
Matty that's the worst bit about going away isn't it?
Hope you're better soon Tina- hope it wasn't that cake wot dunnit....
Chick- it's difficult coping with wildlife when it's nice to look at but we don't want it to come within ten feet of our precious gardens!
I'd reckon if you can't fence, the best thing is to use a bit of a physical barrier where you can with jaggy shrubs etc and then protect individual plants as best you can. At the last (rural) garden I had it was a rabbit issue, despite sourcing a long list of allegedly 'rabbit proof plants' online. We found the new growth most vulnerable- more established plants coped with the odd chew here and there- but perennials were difficult because of the very nature of them.They were mainly emerging at the time of year when there was tons of baby rabbits and less food about for them, and once they were in, it was disastrous. We didn't have deer anywhere too close but I'd guess the principle would be the same, and then a bit of trial and error. Shrubs will probably withstand the onslaught better. It's heartbreaking buying plants and then wondering the next day where they've gone