Lemon Trees

Lemon Trees on Raised Deck

Anonymous added on February 7, 2011 | Answered

We live on an island; humidity is high-that's the good part. Deer are plentiful. Is that a problem for growing lemon trees? We would like to grow one on our raised deck, but deer love the deck and hang out on it all year round. Any advice would help.

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Answered on February 11, 2011

I know it's been said that deer don't go for lemon balm or lemon verbena, so hopefully they won't like lemon trees either, lol.
In essence, deer are herbivores and like to feed on shoots, twigs, grass, and bark. They also like clover and green leaves. So, since they enjoy eating vegetation, all of those big leafy plants and vegetables in a garden are the things that lure them to the garden to begin with. A person might look at the garden and see cabbages, carrots, tomatoes and beans...but a deer will look at it and see a big field of large, green, leafy plants that are just ripe for the taking.
However, they are also known as scavengers and will eat on other items as they become available. When they can't find their favorite foods or when they have eaten them all up, they will turn to other sources because it's better than nothing.
I'd say go for it but maybe put netting over the trees.

You know...I just thought of something else to keep in mind. Bucks rub their antlers on small, flexible trees in order to rub off the velvet that initially covers them. And they also rub their antlers to attract receptive does or to mark their territoy.
Good luck!

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