I am sure the title of this post got your attention! It is true…. we created our own ‘poop bags’ to keep the deer away from our fruit trees organically. Curious WHY we swear by making poop bags and hanging them from trees? In today’s share ready how poop bags are an organic way to keep deer out of the garden.
WHY POOP BAGS?
We have been having issues with the deer eating our fruit tree buds and destroying the young maple trees in the meadow. The deer love rubbing their antlers on the new growth and basically eating the small tree trunks. A friend in our area told us about these baggies they make up to keep the deer out of their large fruit orchard so we decided to come up with our own ‘poop bags’. These baggies are made out of Milorganite Organic Fertilizer. One of the ingredients in this product is human poop. GROSS… I KNOW! But it is completely safe and sold at local garden centers. The apple orchard owner swears it keeps the deer away therefore we took his word and gave it a try. After 1 season we were hooked…. it really worked!
How to Make Poop Bags
- at least 1 yard of cotton fabric
- bag of Milorganite Fertilizer
- Cut the cotton into 12″x 12″ squares using pinking shears. Pinking shears will keep the fabric from fraying.
- Cut twine into 12″ pieces.
- Be sure to cut all the squares of cotton and have the twine peices cut before opening the fertilizer.
- Carefully scoop about 1/2 cup of the fertilizer into the middle of the cotton square piece.
- tie up center making a little pouch with twine leaving plenty of twine to hang bag from tree.
Poop Bag Results
The Milorganite which is an organic fertilizer has very little scent which is something I like about the product. I guess I was expecting something really strong and unpleasant considering the ingredients. The consistency of the product was grainy like sand and super easy to work with. Making the Poop Bags was my first experiment with organic fertilizers in the garden and it was a great experience. In fact, over the years with making many more of these poop bags using Milorganite and cotton fabric.
Over the years after making my own poop bags and seeing the results I’ve used the organic fertilizer in the landscape around other plants I know the deer will enjoy with excellent results. I not only have healthy happy trees and plants but they are critter-free with organic products.
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**Post edited April 9, 2017