After nearly a year of using Bobbex deer repellent spray, I am happy to report that it actually works!
I must say that I am pleasantly surprised, because until I tried Bobbex I wasn’t much of a fan of sprays. I really dislike the smell of PlantSkyd, and the homemade cayenne pepper sprays never worked very well in my garden.
Last spring I planted six creeping broom (genista) groundcover shrubs, having been assured by my local garden center that the deer would not touch broom. Well, my deer had not been informed of that and they continually nibbled the new spring growth. When I mentioned this to the garden center owner, he encouraged me to try Bobbex.
I was resistant to trying yet another spray; my experience over the years has been that sprays are a lot of work for very little results. To overcome my resistance, my guy offered me half a bottle of Bobbex for free.
I went home and sprayed my poor bald, stubby broom plants with Bobbex. It smelled bad (like strong garlic) but not nearly as bad as PlantSkyd. To my surprise, the deer lost interest in the broom and the plants started to gain some size. The deer have never touched the broom since.
My sister-in-law lives right next door to me so we “enjoy” the same herd of deer. At my suggestion, she tried Bobbex on her patio planters. It worked! With reapplication about every two weeks, my sister-in-law was able to enjoy mixed planters containing annuals such as allyssum, lobelia and impatiens — all plants that deer normally devour.
I’m now a Bobbex convert, and will be buying the big one gallon concentrate to use this Spring.