Keeping Yard Pests Like Deer Out Of Your Yard

Yard pests: Deer are nice to see in meadows, but not in our yards eating plants and trees. Problem deer can be detered in several ways.

Deer are nice to see grazing in a meadow as we pass by, but in the garden or yard they can do a lot of damage. Some areas are greatly overpopulated with deer, and deer will forage for food wherever they have to. Many of the deer's natural habitats have been wiped out due to the ever-expanding human population. Deer are forced into residential areas because in many cases there is no where else for them to go. Many times they haphazardly wander into a yard and begin feasting on trees and plants. They often come back for seconds.

"Gardening How-To", published by The National Home Gardening Club, says in the article "Guess Who's Coming For Dinner", which was written by Barbara Pleasant, that deer repellents may work if the deer problem is not too severe. Areas where the deer problem is severe experience trees that are striped of their bark from deer rubbing their antlers, and many flowers and plants eaten down to nothing.

"Burpee: Complete Gardener", published by Macmillan, Inc., suggests using plants that deer do not like. Some suggestions are marigold, dusty miller, lobelia, begonia, and salvia. It goes on to say, that deer usually avoid strong herbs, thorny plants and shrubbery, and low ground cover. It also suggests sprinkling dried blood meal, hanging strong scented soap bars, or spraying plants with a hot sauce mixture. The recommended amount is three tablespoons of hot sauce to one gallon of water. It is stated that these home remedies sometimes work, but they are not always reliable.

The only sure solution to destructive deer is the installation of an electric fence or a fence that is eight to ten feet high, according to "Burpee: Complete Gardener". This option can be quite costly, and depending on where you live, it is not always practical. Extreme caution should be used around electrical fencing. Therefore, it should not be installed where children may come in contact with it.

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