Deer Control Protection For Your Garden Plants
Romaine lettuce damaged by deer
Non-gardener's are fascinated when they see deer in a field, or the backyard.
For gardeners, it can be quite the opposite fascination.....errr frustration.
You love the sight of a deer, anywhere but in your garden. Yet, they seem
impossible to keep away.
If you live in suburbia, deer populations are difficult to control. Hunting
is not allowed, and natural predators are absent. We've got several ideas
to help you to protect your flowers, shrubs, and your vegetable garden from
these marauding free-loaders.
Did you know? Deer seem to eat almost anything. But, they do not like
thorny plants. While they will eat the tips of roses, they leave the mature,
thorny stems alone.
Deer Control Methods and Tips: Here are some ideas to provide deer
protection for plants, trees, and shrubs.
Repellent Sprays- Repellent sprays can be an effective control. Repellent
sprays must be applied regularly. Re-apply after a significant rain. Use
repellent sprays on trees, shrubs and flower gardens. Do not use them on
vegetable crop, or fruit trees. Repellent sprays can be expensive, and,
Deer Fence- A fence is the most effective control method. Unfortunately,
it is impractical for some applications, like flower beds along the house.
The fence needs to be several feet high. Deer have no problem jumping over
a 4' chain link fence.
Did you know? Deer avoid double fencing, spaced 3-4 feet apart. They
are afraid of getting caught between the two fences, and will move on in
search of an easier meal.
Deer Netting Sheets and Tree Bags- This is a very effective deer control
method. Deer netting is lightweight and easy to setup/take down. Shrub and
tree netting can be used year round, protecting trees and shrubs in winter
from roaming deer. The green color lets this garden netting blend into
the natural setting. Garden nylon mesh netting sheets can be used on larger
trees, and as a cover for flowers and vegetables.
Tip: Don't buy the single strand netting. It doesn't last. Use long
lasting, strong, multi-strand, U/V protected deer netting, which lasts for
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Baby Powder- A few gardeners I know swear by this trick. Sprinkle
baby powder lightly over the leaves. Deer leave the plant alone. Like other
repellents, it needs to be frequently re-applied.
Fox Urine- Spray the urine of natural predators around the outside
border of the garden. Deer think a predator is in the area, and move on to
your neighbor's garden. Available at local garden stores, regualr applications
Question: How do they collect fox urine!? I do not want that job!
Homemade Deer Repellent Spray - Put 2 or 3 old eggs in blender along
with 2 Tablespoons of finely minced garlic, a generous dash or two of cayenne
pepper & tobasco sauce. Add 1 cup of water with couple drops of any cooking
oil. Puree this and strain it. Then, put it into a spray bottle. Spray once
a week on shrubs or plants you want to protect. Contributed by Gayle Hunter.
Human Hair- Deer recognize humans as a natural predator. One sniff
of a human, and off they bound. At least, that's the theory for those who
spread human hair around their garden. Barber shops and hair salons are a
The Shotgun- Sorry Bambi lovers. Where allowed, this is an effective
means of control. Obviously, it's not an option in suburbia.
Irish Spring Soap- Hang bars of Irish Spring soap around the garden.
Does it work? Collect some used bars of soap and give it a try.
Fabric Softener Sheets- Fasten them to stakes around the garden. The
scent deters them. A pumpkin farmer shared this tip.
Invisible Fishing line- String it around the garden, high and low.
The deer can't see it. When they run into it, they get confused and go elsewhere.
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Deer resistant plants and deer resistant flowers- Listed
below, are flower plants that are resistant to deer. Some of these may
occasionally bothered by them, when other food sources are scarce.
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