Deer continue to be active even during the cold winter months and constitute a concern for homeowners who wish to protect their home and property. Since they are voracious eaters, deer spend the winter months searching for sources of food even as many plants are losing their leaves and snow begins to cover the ground. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways, including deer repellents, barriers and deterrents, which you can protect your home and property from these hungry creatures.
The Search for Winter Food
During the fall months, deer begin to adapt their diet in response to the seasonal change in weather. They stop eating annuals and perennials and instead begin eating woody plants and acorns. During November the deer diet expands to include azalea and taxus plants. As winter takes hold, deer are always looking for evergreen plants and will support their diets with these hearty trees and bushes.
If your yard is landscaped with any evergreen plants, you will need to take steps to keep them safe from the hungry population of deer during the winter. The best approach to repelling deer from your property is combining several effective methods. That will significantly reduce the risk of having curious and hungry deer wander into your yard, consume your carefully landscaped plants, and damage fencing and other decorative features of your property.
Keeping Deer Out
Deer are incredibly good at getting past obstacles such as fences in their search for an evergreen meal during the winter. Therefore, fencing is almost never effective for keeping deer out of your yard unless it is at least 6 feet high. Even then, it can be compromised by winter weather like heavy snowstorms and may become only a very slight barrier for deer that want to get into your yard.
Using plants that deer dislike is also a common method for keeping deer away from your property. That approach becomes more difficult during the winter, however, since not all of these plants will be able to survive the cold weather and most evergreens which remain verdant in the winter months are ideal meals for hungry deer.
Motion sensors that make noise or produce flashing lights are good for scaring deer away from your property. You can install these near your evergreen plants to intimidate the deer that try to snack on your yard’s winter greenery.
One of the most effective methods for stopping deer from damaging your home and property during the winter is a natural repellent such as Deer Repellent Packs. These packets of granules put off the scent of predator urine and naturally scare deer away from your property without using strong or toxic chemicals. The packets can be hung directly on the evergreen trees and bushes that deer are most likely to eat. Deer Repellent Packs are very easy to use and last much longer than typical sprays that must be constantly reapplied and are washed away by winter precipitation.
Deer can cause lots of damage to your fencing, trees, gardens, and home during the winter. Prepare for their onslaught and protect your evergreens with Deer Repellent Packs and other effective repellent methods.