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Reviews of 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants

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Author (1): Clausen, Ruth Rogers
Author (2): Detrick, Alan L. (Photography)

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: Month Unknown 2011
Published by: Timber Press, Inc. (Portland, OR; London)
List price: $19.95
ISBN Number: 9781604691955



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Positive lisaaj On Jan 2, 2018, lisaaj wrote:

I bought this book a couple of weeks ago from Amazon and have been studying it intently. We just bought a house three blocks from our current house and will be moving soon. It has a much bigger yard for gardening- yay! But also has lots of deer- boo! (Creek plus green space on the other side of a major road with heavy traffic = the deer donít cross to our current house). So in researching deer-resistant plants, I bought this book; it seems to be the best one out there on the topic. I think itís terrific- really well done, informative, and inspiring. Gorgeous photos, too.

There are two especially noteworthy aspects of this book. One is the author's system of rating plants from 1-10, with 1 being deer candy and 10 being as deer-resistant as it gets. Her 50 recommended plants are in the 7-10 categories only. While deer habits change depending on the area, the year, and the plants available to them, I find this system much more helpful than the usual listing of deer-resistant plants all over the internet. These lists assume a plant either is deer-resistant or it isn't, but since different lists contradict each other, a gradation system helps me pick out the plants more or less likely to be eaten by the deer. By the way, the Rutgers University list (at ) uses a system of A, B, C, and D, which is also good.

The second thing I love about this book involves the pages on each specific deer-resistant plant the author recommends. The author lists her recommendations for groupings of specific plants to make, featuring each of the 50 selected deer-resistant plants. At first I was a bit confused, wondering if ALL the plants recommended for groupings were deer-resistant. After some research, it looks like they are all considered somewhat deer-resistant, though not as highly as the 50 featured plants.

This book is definitely worth the read and will get worn out by me this year. Thank you, Ruth Rogers Clausen, for your excellent book, "50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants"!

Positive DonShirer On Apr 11, 2013, DonShirer wrote:

While admitting that hungry deer will eat anything, the author first lists the usual methods of deer control and notes their effectiveness. The main part of the book covers Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, Ferns, Bulbs, Herbs and Grasses that are highly rated for deer resistance, and notes effective pairings and tips on growing and using them.

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