yes, the wild rose bushes... do they benifit my deer heard? man, we have fought those suckers hard as crap, spraying cutting... trying to help with grazing.... but now all my woods are fence out and i am going to clear some places in there... and prolly make brush piles and fertilize it... they will take over in no time... is it all right to have a clearcut on the side of a hill? lol my farm is a "side of a hill"....
Post by TXbowhunter on Nov 18, 2004 20:16:48 GMT -5
I don't know much about the nutritional value of roses. I did a quick search on Google, and found that some people have a hard time keeping deer out of their rose gardens. Check the plants on your property to see if it looks like they've been eating them. If they are, then they must be getting some benefit out of them. Also, rose hips are high in Vitamin C. I don't know if Vitamin C does for deer what it does for humans. If it does, maybe they are worth having around. I would leave some, and clear out what you need until you find out more about them. You might try a thorough search on Google with different search words to find what you're looking for, or contact a local wildlife biologist to see what he knows.
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I have the same problem that you have. The stuff is all over and spreads quickly. I talked to my state biologist about it and he told me that the deer love the stuff for bedding cover. He suggested leaving large patches and cutting trails through it. My neighbor (a farmer) told me to carry a sprayer with Round up mixed double strength when the roses green up. Then late summer, take a weed wacker and cut your paths. I do keep it out of the pastures though. Dick
Post by prairie calls on Feb 21, 2005 13:08:19 GMT -5
I found that brush killer works the best on the multiflora. I do know the rabbits and deer will bed in and around them. We leave large patches of them up and the deer bed in them and have like corridors cut in them.
You can try to spray multifloral rose but it doesnt work. they have root system that one patch 200 yards away from the other is connected to, thats why they grow fast and spread even quicker. the only way to keep it down is mowing or till the ground and or spray frequently(actively farm). If i leave any field on my 300 acres in jersey fallow or unmowed pasture in 1 to 2 years it will be the predominant vegetation. There is no food value for deer with them just a way to hide and bed in.
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