Oh, those darling little “Bambi’s”. I quickly overcome the “Bambi Syndrome” when I see the deer eating the flowers and shrubs I have actually nurtured, and spent a lot cash to purchase. How to keep deer out of your garden is a concern that does not have one response that will work permanently. Due to the fact that we have moved into the deer’s space, and they have adapted, we can anticipate for them to adjust to nearly every deterrent we presented to keep them away. The answer to keep deer out of your garden is to use a combination of approaches, and to alternate those techniques. Your watchfulness needs to start early in the spring, because once the deer have a taste for particular plants they seem to work up their courage to continue consuming that plant, no matter what deterrents are in location.
There are six main categories of methods to prevent deer from making a smorgasbord out of your garden.
1. Physical barriers: These include fences, electric fences, and netting. Fences need to be 7-8 feet high, preferably with an additional area at the top slanting in. Using combinations of fences in different heights, and set parallel within each other is another technique. Electric fencing can be used. Netting can likewise be wrapped around certain plants or shrubs to secure them. The biggest disadvantage to fencing is that some communities do not allow the kind of fencing that will keep deer out of the garden.
2. Scare Tactics. Sound, water sprays, tossing things, gunshots, and pet dogs, are a few of these. There are industrial products that are established by movement picking up, and water to go off when something relocates the yard. If I used that, I know I would forget, and the only “dear” that would get damp, would be me. Noise can scare deer away, but you would have to be out in the garden constantly to make it work. Gunshots in the air can likewise work, however just when you exist. Likewise, gunshots are not allowed some locations. Canines work by 2 techniques. The noise approach and the scent repellant technique.
3. Repellents. Smelly soap, wax finishings, hair, urine, and eggs, is some of the list. Foul-smelling soap, works well. You can get the sort of soap that can be found in specific boxes, drill a hole in the center, and hang it in the garden with twine. Or hide the soap under plants on the ground. Wax finishes, hair, coyote urine, and egg mixes work also. However, I choose the good smelling over the bad smelling repellents. The main purpose is to make the deer believe there is an animal or human predator near.
4. Execution. Shoot them. Although it would only work on a restricted basis, managed harvesting, by having “in season” searching is something that is discussed by numerous. However, it is more gentle than letting deer starve to death from over population, and a tough winter. This is not allowed many city limitations.
5. Remove tourist attractions. Grow plants they do not like. In general, deer do not like anything with fuzzy leaves. Some great plants that deer do not like are: daffodils, foxglove, lambs ears, daylilies, heuchera, burning bush, butterfly bush, and hydrangea. There are much more choices. A great mail order nursery brochure will inform you which ones are resistant to deer. However, none are 100% deer proof. If a deer is starving enough it will consume anything.
6. Distraction tourist attractions. Feed them, or offer salt lick. My neighbor feeds the deer. This is not always recommended, but it is working at this time. They walk around the perimeter of my yard, and to the feeding spot in her lawn. If she stops feeding them, it will end up being a problem.
IN MY GARDEN THE LAST TWO YEARS I HAVE USED A STRONG ANTIPERSPIRANT SOAP, HUNG AND POSITIONED TACTICALLY. I ALSO PLANT A Great Deal Of DEER RESISTANT PLANTS, AND COVER PLANTS WITH NETTING THAT MAY BE TEMPTING TO DEER.
I still see the deer in the woods at the border of our property, however they are not munching on my plants. This year, simply for great step, I am going to alter the scent of the deodorant soap. Many methods will work, however a combination of methods, and altering those techniques from time to time is best.