Common Yard & Garden Plants That Deer Won’t Eat

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Considering just how much damage a hungry deer can do to your yard, garden or landscaping, it might be a surprise that there is anything a deer won’t eat. They’re not particularly picky eaters but there are a few things that even a hungry deer will turn up its nose to. Try planting some of these around your garden to make it less appealing to these big pests.

Onions and Garlic

Either of these pungent plants will make any deer think twice about taking a nibble due to their very strong aroma and taste. In fact, they can be a fine repellent for rodent pests as well as insects too. Continue reading

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How Do Mechanical Deer Repellent Devices Work?

If you are starting to look into ways to keep deer out of your yard, there are a number of options you might be looking at. Scented products can be helpful, but sometimes a more physical or mechanical option can be the better choice. To make a smart decision for your situation, you should understand the various types of repellents and how they work. Continue reading

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The Latest in Deer Damage Prevention Science

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Protect Your Lawn and Garden from Deer Damage

Keeping animals out of the yard and garden and preventing damage caused by deer is an age-old problem that people have been dealing with for centuries. It’s still an issue today but now you can use more modern technology and science to help you do battle with wandering deer.

Smart Lighting

One of the hottest areas for new technology is in smart appliances and home equipment. Devices that have varying levels of WIFI or Bluetooth technology, allowing a surprising amount of control over anything in your home. When it comes to deer, we’re talking about the lights. Having the outside lights come on unexpected can be startling to deer, and can be enough to keep them out of the yard. But standard timers are predictable and clever deer can learn the pattern. Continue reading

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Fall Deer Activity – Preparing and Protecting Your Garden

Fall Foliage

Deer Behavior In Your Yard Changes in Fall

Dealing with deer changes from season to season, and you will have the best impact on keeping your property safe if you change when their behavior changes. In this case, getting to know how deer are going to act in the fall, and what you can do to protect your garden.

Deer Activity Around Your Lawn, Garden and Home

Like the rest of the year, deer are still very motivated by food in the fall, especially as the colder days set in and fresh green food is starting to be less plentiful. They’ll be a little bolder in coming near your home if there are still green plants around in the yard. Continue reading

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3 Deer Myths that Have Been Debunked

Unicorn Fantasy Creature

Deer and Unicorn are Related?!

Deer aren’t all that mysterious, and we are all familiar with these lovely wild animals. But sometimes our information is out-of-date, and we continue to believe old myths about deer that have actually been debunked.

Myth #1: Deer are Harmless

There is a long-standing belief that deer are the ultimate in meek, timid animals that are completely harmless. While this is partly accurate in many cases, it’s definitely a myth overall. For one thing, deer can be quite destructive to your property, especially if they are somewhat regular visitors. They will eat your flowers, garden plants, shrubs and even trees if it suits them. Just moving around your property can cause damage if they walk around your garden beds, or decide to knock over fence posts and furniture.

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Are Deer Dangerous to my Home and Family?

Do Deer Pose a Threat to My Family and Home?

Nothing says peace and tranquility like a deer or two, quietly grazing in an open field. They seem like the most harmless creatures in the world. Well, the truth is that they can be destructive and downright dangerous in certain circumstances. Everyone knows that they may eat your landscaping or garden plants, but there can be a lot more at stake when deer are roaming about.

 

What Kind of Damage to Property do Deer Cause?

Besides just eating your plants, deer can do quite a bit of other damage to your property. Their large size gives them a lot of leverage up against fence posts, furniture, or other sorts of yard decorations. Things can get broken just by them wandering around. One other damage problem you might have is the rubbing and scraping that bucks due during mating season. They will scrape large patches of turf down to the dirt, as well as rub bark off trees as methods for leaving scent markers. Continue reading

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Why Are the Deer Eating My Tomatoes?

Deer Do Not Belong in Your Garden

Deer Do Not Belong in Your Garden

It’s bad enough that you spend all summer fighting against the ravages of insect pests and unreliable weather to keep your vegetable garden thriving, but then still end up losing your plants to roaming deer. Why are they eating your tomatoes and other vegetables anyway?

Most deer will come into your garden when food is scarce, which is usually in the winter months or during a dry summer. Seeing all of your tender plants can be irresistible, especially once the deer realize that almost all of them are edible and tasty. While deer are browsers, eating twigs, bark and woodier brush, they do prefer softer plants when they can get them. Continue reading

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Garden and Lawn Plants that Resist Deer Damage

Deer Do Not Prefer Tomatoes and other Nighshade Plants

Though deer are notorious foragers and can wreak havoc on a vegetable garden if they are hungry in your yard, there are a few plants they definitely will ignore. Whether it’s the taste or the smell, some vegetables are not very appealing to deer. It’s not perfectly fool-proof as a starving deer will eat just about anything when they have to, these are plants known to be left alone by casual deer browsing. Dealing with deer? Try these plants to stay on the safe side.

Onions

Due to their pungent taste and aroma, deer are seldom seen nibbling on onion tops. And that includes close relations in the same allium family. So adding more onions, chives, garlic and leeks can make deer think twice about venturing into your garden. Roses grow well as a companion to garlic, so you can protect your roses at the same time with a few garlic plants tucked in the flower bed.

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Summer Deer Behavior and the Damage it Can Cause

Summer Time Can Mean Deer Damage to Your Lawn and Garden

Living near wooded areas can be lovely until wildlife comes visiting to cause damage to your yard or garden. In particular, deer can be a real nuisance. While they are a problem any time of year, there are some aspects of deer behavior that are unique to the summer season. Here is what to look out for when the weather gets warmer.

Changes in Feeding Habits

As with most animal pests, it’s the eating that does the most damage. And considering how large deer are, they can eat a lot once they get a taste for the plants in your yard. Not only will they eat grass, flowers, vegetables and many other bedding plants you have in the garden, they will also browse on shrubs and low tree branches too. Unlike during the winter, they aren’t as likely to start gnawing the bark off the trees during the summer months. Continue reading

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Review of Mechanical Deer Repellent Devices

Deer in Yard

Deer In Yard

Though chemical and scented products are known to be excellent deer repellents, there are also a few mechanical devices on the market that are pretty good at keeping deer at bay. Though there are many different types on the market, there are 3 common styles overall.

Sprinkler Systems

This is a potent method for scaring off the deer, using a sudden spray of water to scare them off when they enter your property. Spray Away is one particular model, and it pairs a lawn sprinkler with motion and heat sensors. An unexpected spray of cold water is an excellent way to spook the deer.

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