Deer Deterrent

Things You Need to Know About Deer Deterrent

Although there are many deer deterrent and repellent products on the market, trying to keep deer out of the garden has been perplexing gardeners for many years. There are chemicals and products that are available for sale at retail outlets, and there are folk methods that have been used for years. What works for one person might not necessarily work for another, however.

One of the biggest problems is that fact that deer love to eat. That’s why they like to frequent gardens in the first place. Most of the deer deterrents either focus on trying to keep the deer out of the garden by placing a barrier to thwart them, or by trying to make the area unappetizing to the deer in an effort to keep them away.  

Sometimes, figuring out a way to actually deter the deer from your garden is the best deer deterrent.  You can do this a natural way, without using chemicals or other expensive equipment by giving the deer an incentive to bypass your garden.

Some ways of doing this include setting up a salt lick that is a good distance from your garden. The deer might be more interested in it, and bypass the garden altogether. If your garden is small enough, then fencing it in might be an option, too. Of course, if you have many acres then this could get very expensive.

If you are unable to fence in your entire garden, then you might want to consider fencing in individual groups of vegetables. Using a fence within a couple of feet of the plants is preferred since deer are less likely to jump over a fence when they don’t have a good landing spot on the other side.

There are also products out there that try to keep the deer away by emitting powerful aromas. These contain chemicals and can stick to the surfaces of plants for as long as a month. However, they need to be reapplied regularly as water and time will make them wash off. It is particularly important to reapply these if there has been a lot of rain.

An idea exists that deer do not like the odor that is produced by rotten eggs. In fact, there are even products on the market that actually try to duplicate this odor. Instead of purchasing these products, some people have had success in placing eggs around the perimeter of the garden and allowing them to rot.

Coyote urine, which emits a very powerful aroma, has also been used around the perimeter of the garden to mixed reviews. However, sometimes the urine can also draw coyotes, which might outweigh the benefits of using it.

Deer resistant plants also exist. Of course, deer can be fickle and what one dislikes another may like. Some plants that deer have been known to turn up their noses at include daffodils, Colorado and Spruce varieties, Boxwood, Japanese Andromeda, and Muscari. Planting these around the garden might deter them from visiting. On the other hand, deer actually enjoy eating Tulips, Yews, rhododendrons, and Azaleas. 

Of course, deer are also individuals. What works for one deer might not work for another. Deer can also grow accustomed to whatever deer deterrent you choose to implement so changing your methods on a regular basis is ideal. This is particularly true if you are using a chemically based product, especially if you are using something that required reapplication of it on a regular basis. In fact, you might want to purchase a couple of different products and try to rotate them so that the deer do not become used to the smell and tastes of one product.

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