While there are varieties of plants considered deer resistant or deer tolerant, a deer will eat just about any plant if it’s hungry enough.
However, there are still effective methods to protect your landscape from future raids, including deer resistant plants. Read on for solutions.
Deer are always alert and frighten easily. If you hear one or more poking around in the yard, scare them away with an abrupt sound or movement. Better yet, let out the dog! Sensor lighting around the house or yard may also be a resourceful, fright-inducing alternative.
If it smells or tastes bad, they won’t eat it (or will be much less inclined). Deer repellants are effective in keeping deer away. Some are stronger than others – you may not even want to go near that manure smell. However, you can try ingredients from around the house, such as garlic or rotten eggs, which are more tolerable, on hand, and less expensive.
While there are varieties of plants that can be deer resistant or deer tolerant, a deer will eat just about any plant if it’s starving. Nonetheless, incorporating plants that are known for being deer resistant or tolerant into your landscape will still make a difference. Also, create borders around plants that attract deer to potentially eliminate the need for deer to dig deeper.
Building a barrier around your yard, garden, or specific plants is the best long-term solution. For smaller spaces, such as a garden or island, you can build a barrier or fence that is four feet tall and securely rooted in the ground. Deer jump high, but are less likely to enter a confined space. If needing to protect a large area, the fence will need to be seven feet tall and securely in the ground. If motivated, they will try to go under, through, or over the fence. Installing an electric fence will definitely keep out all unwanted creatures, but should be used with caution.
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