Deer

©Lisa Johnson

With temperatures in the 40s forecast for Friday, this might be the perfect time to wrap the trees, bushes and other plantings you want to protect from woodland marauders.

©Lisa Johnson

It's that time again when a young buck's thoughts lightly turn to love ... and running across the road in front of speeding motorists.

When are you most at risk,  what you should  check on with regard to your insurance coverage and where the insurance companies and the Minnesota State Patrol part company, philosophically speaking.

In related news ...

The annuals and vegetables are going into the ground - along with the haul from some recent local plant sales - and the game of wits between gardeners and deer and rabbits begins another season ...

Tom Kasper with advice on how to protect your trees, shrubs and other plantings from bands of hungry thugs.  This gang was photographed trolling the streets of Duluth's Woodland neighborhood.

Pupparazzi - Companion Animal Photography

Master Gardener Tom Kasper says we can use the rainy/snowy cool days expected for this week to gently remove the remains of last year's perennials from the new emerging shoots.  And he says we can use rotten-egg-smelling sprays and blood or bone meal to repel/terrify deer and squirrels from ever returning to our yards!