Deer Resistant Shrubs

Tips for Using Deer Resistant Shrubs

Deer resistant shrubs can make life a lot easier, especially if you live in an area known for having a large population of deer. Although there’s no garden or yard that can be entirely safe from these animals, when you have deer resistant shrubs, you will have a little more protection than what you might otherwise have.

Though deer tend to be more problematic in rural areas, it isn’t all that uncommon for people in urban communities to have their trees and shrubs eaten by deer. The worst season for this is from late fall until spring; as soon as the food becomes scarce at higher elevations, or in the unpopulated regions, deer head for where the food is easiest to get, which often happens to be someone’s garden or yard. Deer love to make a feast out of shrubs and landscaping trees.

Deer have a tendency to become very bold as their natural food sources dry up and they will go into communities and much on shrubs, and even coming close to the house and eating plants near the base of your house. During really harsh winters, your plants and bushes will suffer even more.

There are not many ways to protect your landscaping from these foraging animals, except to plant deer resistant shrubs. Aside from planting these types of plants you do have the option of putting up a deer resistant fence. These fences tend to be about eight feet high; there is also another type of deer resistant fencing that is shorter, but it is an electric fence. Not only are these fences not allowed in many communities, but also these fences can be real eyesores on your property.

If your community does not permit high fences, or if you just don’t want to mar your view with such a fence, you can always opt to plant deer resistant shrubs. There are a variety of deer resistant plants, which are nothing more than plants that deer prefer not to eat. A lot of the native plants of North American have developed a natural resistance to animals feeding on them; for instance, these plants may be poisonous to the animal, or they may taste bad or have thorns.

Unfortunately, no plant is really going to be completely deer proof. In most instances the deer will at least take a taste or two. There are two general categories of deer resistant shrubs, the flowering shrubs and the evergreen shrubs. In most regions there are a number of deer resistant plants that you should have a large choice of foliage to use for landscaping.

Three of the most common of the deer resistant shrubs are the lilac, potentilla, and the meadowsweet. With these deer resistant shrubs you will get an abundance of flowers during the early spring to late summer. The season in which they blossom varies according to the shrub and the region you live in.

For deer resistant shrubs that will provide you with an abundance of foliage there are several varieties, such as the Boxwood, Holley, or Juniper shrub. These types of shrubs are not only deer resistant, but they look wonderful planted near the foundation of a house.

Boxwood shrubs are a good choice if you would like to create a shaped topiary garden. You can get this type of shrub in a dwarf variety too. The only problem with Boxwood is that it doesn’t have a pleasant scent.

With the Holly bush you get one of the prettiest types of bushes available to landscapers, and the Juniper can provide greenery all year long. All of these are considered to be deer resistant shrubs.

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