The crisp days of autumn are here, and not only does that mean pumpkins and Thanksgiving, it means that your local deer population is going to be on the move. The lush foliage of summer is dying and mating season has begun.
So even if you’ve been lucky enough to keep the deer out through the summer, the fall season is a whole other ball game. Before you find your garden razed, know how to keep the deer out this autumn.
Clean out the Garden
Any plants on the verge of dying back should be pulled up (except your perennials of course). Especially any vegetables that have given up that last harvest already. The more tasty green treats you leave in the ground, the more temptation you’re giving to the deer. Especially watch those big apple trees. All that fruit will certainly bring deer into your yard, and once they know its there, it would be doubly difficult to keep them out.
If it’s not really feasible, such as if you usually grow pumpkins or squash that can’t be harvested until well into the fall, try to plant these things closer to your house. The more people-traffic around your plants, and the less likely the deer will be to venture so close.
Get Out the Repellent
You can’t always remove everything tempting from your garden, and you have to resort to other means to keep out those deer. There are loads of old wives tales about making your own DIY repellents, but who really has enough human hair or your own personal urine to scatter around your garden for a few months?
A more pleasant chore would be to use natural Deer Repellent Packs that just hang up on or around your plants. The scent of coyote urine will serve as a potent warning to the deer, and they’ll avoid your yard at the first whiff. And since they last 90-days, once you get them up in the garden, you won’t have to worry about deer until the snow flies.
Don’t Rely on Fencing
This is a tip on what not to do: put up a fence to keep out the deer. It may work, but it’s not a great option unless you’re OK with a 8 or even 12-foot high barrier. Not only will that look unappealing, there is a lot of work and cost going into a fence that massive. Deer are amazing jumpers, and would think nothing of leaping over your standard fence if they smell tasty greens on the other side. Electric fencing isn’t the solution either, since they can easily avoid touching it when they jump.
Regardless of which techniques work best, now is the time to get them into motion.