Duluth is struggling with an explosion in the inner city deer population.
For gardeners all those deer can be a nightmare.
But there's new hope...
In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson shows us an innovative new way to protect your hard work from four–legged marauders.
Robert Peterson is a master gardener. He works hard and takes pride in his Duluth garden. But the deer are driving him crazy.
"It's on–going. It's maddening, they eat anything and everything. Now what they do is, I have 27 different varieties of hostas for instance. And what they do is they eat out the tender little middles, which ruins the plant", said Robert Peterson. Duluth Master Gardener.
"Deer love Hosta, they really love a wide variety of flowering plants; Impatiens, Petunias; they eat all of them", said Larry Stote. Productino Manager at Engwalls Garden Center.
But now scientists at the Natural Resource Research Institute in Duluth are giving gardeners new hope. They've developed an innovative technology that doesn't hurt the plants but keeps the deer from eating them.
"We looked at inducing molecules into a plant so that the plant would be fortified from within", says Tom Levar. Scientist at NRRI.
It's called Repellex and it's a simple application distributed in tablet form.
"The plant must be actively growing to uptake the active ingredients into the plant and distribute it throughout the plant", said Levar.
The active ingredient is called capsaicin. It's a component found in peppers and it gives the plant a taste deer won't like. As the plant ingests the capsaicin it gets distributed to the leaves and flowers. All is takes is one application, lasting even through rain storms. But be careful not to get it on the plants humans eat.
"This product would be used for landscape materials and non–edibles, non food plants. No vegetables no fruit plants", said Levar
So unless you want spicy Strawberries, use Repellex only for those things you want to look at and not consume. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands NewsCenter.
Repellex is on the market right now.
You can find it at:
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