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How to Prevent Deer From Eating Your Garden!

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the deer population in the state of Virginia is roughly between 800,000 and 1 million and growing. Deer are especially seen throughout Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Northern Virginia grazing on the side of roads, in parks and in our backyards and gardens. Each spring we start prepping our gardens for the long, hot summer ahead by tilling, planting new seeds and watering, a long process, but a true labor of love. Unfortunately, in rural Loudoun County, what we are ultimately creating is a bountiful buffet of our plants and flowers for the deer to enjoy; leaving us with half eaten plants and flowers that are damaged and destroyed. This spring and summer there is a new sheriff in town; DeerPro Repellent. This long-lasting, professional deer repellent will allow you to enjoy your gardens all spring and summer without having to reapply daily or weekly. Each application provides four to six weeks of constant protection that is not washed away with each spring shower and summer thunderstorm. DeerPro is a commercial application that can only be applied by a licensed professional and is the only deer repellent that is approved by the EPA. The team at Sunrise Landscape + Design has been trained on the proper use and application of DeerPro and is ready to start protecting your beautiful spring and summer shrubs and buds. The DeerPro Repellent is an egg-based spray that has low odor and covers your plants and flowers with an invisible protection coating. Not only does DeerPro protect plants that are currently sprouting but also covers new growth in the areas treated by the deterrent. This spray also has an added

Summer Garden Activities

Gardening isn’t just a spring activity, several tasks can still to be done in your garden to keep you busy all summer long.  Although we’ve had plenty of rain this season, it’s always a good idea to keep a look out for water stressed plants.  They’ll be the ones with turned down, curled and limp leaves.  A lawn is dry when you walk across it and the grass blades don’t pop right back up and you can see your footprints. It is best to water trees, shrubs and small plants at ground level whenever possible.  Soaker hoses are great for slowly watering your plants.  It’s better to water heavily once a week than a little every day.  This exposes roots to some dryness which makes the plants tougher and able to withstand the extremes throughout the year.  If you have an irrigation system, now is the time to be turning it on and having it run on a regular schedule.  Insect populations explode in the summer, especially after a rain, so be sure to eliminate standing water in your yard.  This could mean turning over empty plant pots and saucers, but could involve better drainage around your home. Another result of the rain is growth of shrubs and trees.  Most, but not all, shrubs can benefit from summer pruning to reduce the amount of leaves the plant maintains and to help them air out from the center which discourages fungal problems.  Trees benefit from pruning by making the leaf canopy thinner and more open to reduce storm winds pulling down the tree.  Pruning can involve removal of dead flowers which usually results in another round of flowers.  You can fertilize your annuals, herbs and vegetables