How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Posted By Thomas on Sep 25, 2012 | 9 comments


Prevent this deer from destroying your gardens

You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy in your garden, and the result is a gorgeous landscape you’re extremely proud of! Yet, you and your neighbors aren’t the only ones admiring your hard work – nighttime marauders are treating your prized perennials and favorite flowers like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Sound familiar?

Well, there is a solution: Wayside’s deer-resistant plants and all-natural deterrents discourage grazing, with unpleasant tastes, smells or textures, leaving your garden intact and thriving, despite after-hour visits from unwanted guests. The key is to keep changing your approach so the deer don’t get used to whatever technique you’re using at the time.

1. Plant Deer-Resistant Plants.

Basically, make your neighbor’s garden
slightly more appealing than your own. Plant strongly perfumed flowers
and strongly fragrant trees, things deer will find repulsive.

2. Build a Fence.

Deer can jump really high, but don’t make it easy for them. 6 feet is a deterrent, and 8 feet is a solution.

3. Own a Dog.

Talking with the master gardeners and horticulturists on staff, the consensus is that a dog is the best
deer repellent you can buy, especially if it is a big dog that mostly stays outside.
But even the scent of a little dog in your yard will keep away most grazers.

For more information check our online Plant Care Library.

 

9 Comments

  1. what type of plant will keep dogs out of my garden, the fence didn’t work I built a structure around my iris plants,and when they were resdy to bloom my dogs got in somehow and ate everything.even the bulb. they ate my vegetables, they have eaten everything. help!!!!!

    • My neighbors dogs used to graze in my raised garden until I planted some rhubarb. For a few days I’d see a few piles of barf, and then they stopped coming around. Also planting daffodils and some hyacinths seem to deter them as well – the dogs ate all my tulip bulbs, but not the daffodils and hyacinths.

  2. I have invested a lot of money and time in my garden for 5 years now the squirrels and groundhogs are my best customers for FREE 3 square meals. Like clockwork the groundhogs come morning/noon/evening. The squirrels watch me plant my bulbs and wait for me to move and you don’t even notice until nothing come up in the spring or summer. HELP!!!!!

  3. Netting and fencing are the best solutions.

    Erecting a fence made of bamboo stakes and bird netting is easy, barely visible, and inexpensive. The stakes and netting can be obtained at most any hardware store.

    Simply sink the stakes into the ground and attach the netting with twist-ties. Cut the netting to fit the stake height. Be sure to leave a small gap at the bottom for snakes and the like to be able to pass through. This will also help keep the netting from getting snagged by a lawnmower, rake, etc.; and it will make it easier for you to access plants.

  4. I have a German shepherd, live in Central Florida ,and deer are a real problem in rural areas. They “clip” my fence, eat anything, everything. I now have my orange trees in separate round fence enclosures, roses and blueberries, black berries, etc. all fenced in. I am now trying a device that it motion activated and supposed to send a high pitched sound whenever an animal nears, even my precious shepherd. We’ll see. My frustration is at a point where I’d try anything to protect my plants. I would love to hear more from people who have the problem. Karin

  5. I have a German shepherd, live in Central Florida ,and deer are a real problem in rural areas. They “clip” my fence, eat anything, everything. I now have my orange trees in separate round fence enclosures, roses and blueberries, black berries, etc. all fenced in. I am now trying a device that is motion activated and supposed to send a high pitched sound whenever an animal nears, even my precious shepherd. We’ll see. My frustration is at a point where I’d try anything to protect my plants. I would love to hear more from people who have the problem. Karin

  6. Birdnetting spread over my hostas and other precious plants and shrubs. It is virtually invisible. However, it takes steady attention to keep growing plants from getting entangled in net. It is worth the effort.
    Our large deer population drove us last year to surround the property with an electric fence which was turned on only a few nights but kept deer away for the rest of the season.

  7. We have a dog and she runs all over our yard……we still have deer come into our yard and eat everything…………………………

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