Coping With Deer In The Garden

Coping with deer in the garden: deer are becoming increasingly prevelant in suburban gardens. learn how to cope with them.

Even if you live in a residential area, you may have problems with deer coming into your garden. Deer feed in gardens when there is a drought or food is otherwise scarce in their habitat, but once they discover your garden they may continue to come back. Deer love most types of vegetables as well as fruit and nuts, soft needled pine trees, and roses. They will eat entire plants, strip the bark off trees, and damage tree trunks by rubbing their antlers against them in the fall of the year. There are a variety of ways to protect your garden from deer, all with a variable degree of success.

Probably the most effective, least labor-intensive way to cope with deer is by getting a dog that can be left outside at night. Deer will generally shy away from dogs, and a barking dog is a very effective deterrent.

Another low maintenance method to keep the deer away is to plant flowers that they do not like. Deer do not eat flowers that are poisonous, such as Foxgloves and Daffodils. Thorny shrubs are also not enjoyed by deer, unless they are very hungry.

Some more labor-intensive methods include using a commercially prepared deer repellent spray and protecting your plants with bird netting. If you are attempting to protect a vegetable garden, you may find it easier to build a fence around the entire garden. The main problem with this is that the fence must be at least 8 feet tall to keep deer out. If you have only a few special plants that you are trying to protect, building special cages for them can do this. Use wooden posts and wire mesh fencing to make cages just the right size for each plant. Do not forget to put a top on it! Some people have good luck using such folk remedies as rotten eggs, human hair and deodorant soap.

Any of these may work for you, if there is plenty of food for the deer in other areas. If they are genuinely hungry, you may have to resign yourself to sharing with them. The best approach is to try a variety of ideas until you find the right combination that works for you.

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