Oh, Deer! 9 Ways to Banish Deer From Your Garden
Spring and summer bring the flowers and beautiful vegetable
gardens, but the seasons also bring the most lovely deer to your
property line, in search of tender shoots and protein-rich veggies
to munch on. These tips can help prevent those
beautiful deer from chewing on your carefully-tended
Deer-Busting Tips and Tricks
- Include pungent flowers and plants in your landscape
design. A deer's sense of smell is very acute, and they look for
greener pastures if they encounter strong smells in your garden.
Any overpowering scent can be suitable, including chives, mint, and
- If you have a dog, let it out into your yard. Deer
are very wary of dogs, and quickly head in the other direction if
they smell your dog or hear it barking.
- Keep up with the fruits and veggies. Pick fruits as
soon as they become ripe, and don't let vegetables linger on the
vine. The fewer tasty things a deer can find in your backyard
garden, the better.
- Shiny and unfamiliar objects can make deer keep
their distance. Introduce wind chimes, scarecrows, sundials, and
reflective lawn ornaments and see what happens.
- Annoy their sense of touch. Plant barberries or
cleome near the entrance to your garden. The deer won't like the
feeling of it, and just might look elsewhere to munch.
- Motion-activated sprinklers can work wonders to
ensure deer keep their distance. The sudden surprise of a burst of
water is enough to confuse the deer and send them running for the
- Use protective tree wraps to keep deer from feasting
on young, vulnerable trees. The wraps go around the trunk of small
trees to prevent deer from pulling away the bark or otherwise
damaging the tree.
- Thick, tall hedges of boxwood or short needle spruce
make for naturally deer-resistant landscape design by preventing
the deer from seeing what is behind them. In this case, out of
sight, out of mind.
- When all else fails, fence it in. Your best bet is a
solid, stable fence at least eight feet tall, for deer can easily
jump over anything shorter. Electric fences might work, but keep in
mind that savvy deer may simply jump right over them.
Remember, what works to keep one deer away might not phase
another in the least. Maximize your chances of success by using
more than one deer-repellent trick at a time.
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