Pest Management

How to: Manage Deer in Your Garden

Deer blog post
We don’t have to worry about deer here in the city, but those of you in the country know all too well how destructive and challenging deer can be. They can jump over any fence shorter than 8 feet, and there are very few things they won’t eat.
Treatment Options:
  • The best thing to do is to build a fence at least 8 feet tall around the garden. There are a few other ideas that you can try, but this is the only guaranteed solution.
  • Deer are supposed to be repelled by strong odors. You can place strong scented bar soap in the garden. Another odor you can use to repel them is the human scent. Try placing human hair around the perimeter of your garden.
  • Setting up a motion-activated sprinkler can help scare them away as well. Try moving it around so your deer do not start to catch on to your trick!
  • There are commercial deer repellents that are available made with all natural ingredients that are supposed to help deter deer from where it is placed.
  • Applying blood meal around the perimeter of your garden can also be a help for deterring deer.

Plants to Especially Watch for:

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard

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