Protecting your property from hungry deer

May 7, 2021 by William Bessette

Protecting your property from hungry deer
Many of us enjoy watching deer. However, what we don’t enjoy is the deer eating our hard work. If you want to keep deer off your property and out of your garden, read on for some of our top tips.

Deer come into people’s yards because they’re looking for a snack. They’ll gravitate to yards that offer more of their favorites. So, one of the things you can do to reduce their presence is to replace some of their beloved plants with ones that they tend to stay away from. Some greenery has strong scents that deer don’t want anything to do with. Others are toxic, so deer typically know to keep away from those as well. The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers a list of “deer-resistant plants” if you’d like to get some ideas. You may even consider planting some of these on the border of your yard or near your treasured garden.

Beyond just considering what you’re planting, you may want to create a barrier of some sort. You could put a fence around your garden or yard or plant large shrubs to act as a border. This can provide you with more privacy from the neighbors while also keeping the deer out.

Another thing to keep in mind is that deer tend to scare easily. They don’t like unfamiliar things. In fact, they avoid anything that emits an unusual sound or has an unusual appearance. Adding decorations to your yard, such as sculptures or scarecrows, may keep them out, at least for a while. A sprinkler or light system that’s motion-activated can send them running as well.

Predator Guard Solar LED Deterrent Lights can help repel deer at night. The flashing lights mimic the presence of a predator’s eye’s in the darkness to keep them away. Predator Guard Scare Tape works by creating a visual and noise deterrent that scares deer.

Repellent is another way to keep deer at bay. You can try using hair in a mesh bag near the plants you want to protect. An egg-water mixture can also be effective (mix 5 eggs with 5 quarts of water for enough solution to treat 1/4 acre). Spray plants thoroughly, but keep in mind you’ll probably need to repeat the process after it rains.

Commercial repellents are also available to send deer packing. The Expel Natural Animal Repellent Spray is one that many gardeners use. The scent and taste are designed to keep deer away. Deer Repellent Pouches can also be helpful. They offer a long-lasting formula and come in a ten-pack. You can simply hang or stake the pouches near plants or trees you want to protect. They’re also rain-resistant.

These are just a few ways to keep deer from eating your delicacies. We hope you’re able to utilize some of these suggestions to protect your flowers and produce this spring.
 
 

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