You love Bambi in his natural environment. You also love to admire the landscape in your garden that you have worked so hard on. And while you may be the one to go out of the way to see a group of deer frolicking through the woods, the last thing you or your yard wants is for them to make a stop in your yard. Fortunately, you can prevent your beautiful landscape from being destroyed by learning how to keep deer out with these tips.
To create a noise that is alarming for them but peaceful for you, try wind chimes. To create safety for yourself and a bit of surprise for them, install motion detecting reflectors. And, by putting on unfamiliar objects like scarecrows, sundials, and other garden decorations, you are also likely to scare them away.
To make your trip to your yard more difficult, consider setting up a fence, adding decking, or planting large, thick boxwood or short needle fir hedges around the edges of your garden.
Another way to make your garden less delicious is to add natural plant deterrents, such as large patches of garlic, chives, peppermint, and lavender. And be sure not to overload your garden with deer-loving plants such as English ivy, lettuce, beans, peas, pansies, and fruit trees.
Also, try mixing in fuzzy lamb’s ear, nearby barberries, and cleome. The hairy, prickly, or prickly textures of the plants you choose will confuse them.
How to prevent deer from eating plants
Fences may not be practical at times. Therefore, protecting individual plants with repellent garden deer may be more effective.
For example, one way to prevent deer from eating plants is to use tree guards made of wire or plastic placed around individual trees, especially young and ornamental fruit trees. These must be at least 6 ft 1.8 m. tall for older trees.
Repellants are another option to keep deer out of the yard. Garden deer repellants are designed to deter these animals through unattractive tastes/smells or terrifying noises. While some repellants are questionable, many can provide short-term relief. From top to bottom, repellants should be placed on the bud or new growth level.
One of the most effective garden deer repellants includes an 80 percent water and 20 percent egg mixture, which is sprayed on the plants and reapplied every month.
Since deer also crawl under or through openings in a fence, it is important to check the fence frequently for damage, fixing areas that need repair. The fence should also be placed as close to the ground as possible, filling in any spots that deer could take advantage of. An alternative to tall fences is an electric fence, which can be ideal for smaller garden areas.
Some people even prefer the “peanut butter” fence to keep deer out of the yard. With this type of electric fence, the peanut butter is placed along the top of the fence to attract deer. Once the fence is on and the deer come over to nibble on the peanut butter, they get a good shock. After receiving a shock or two, the deer finally learn to avoid the area.