We know how frustrating it is to spend time and money planning out your garden only to walk outside one day and find that it has become a buffet for Bambi! Deer can really wreak havoc upon your garden if you’re not careful.
If you don’t have your yard and garden fenced in like a fortress, it can be difficult to deter deer from making a picnic out of your plants. Although we do not refer to any plant as “deer proof”—because if they are hungry enough they will eat almost anything—there are plants that are considered “deer resistant”.
Some characteristics of deer resistant plants are ones that have a strong smell to them like herbs, plants that are fuzzy or prickly like lamb’s ear or holly, and plants that are harmful because of toxins such as foxgloves, poppies and daffodils.
If even the most popular of deer deterring plants don’t seem to last in your garden, you may need to try some natural products that use both scents and tastes to trigger their natural instinct to stay away. The best strategy to take when using repellents is to rotate between at least three different products based on their active ingredients in order to keep them from becoming accustomed to any specific smell or taste. For instance, your first application could be of a product that uses Capsaicin, or hot cayenne pepper, to ward off deer (such as Bonide GO AWAY Deer Repellent). The next time cinnamon and clove oils, the active ingredients in Deer B Gone, can take a turn turning up the noses of those four-legged foragers. If they start to return create a perimeter of protection that utilizes egg solids and garlic to keep them from crunching (Both key ingredients in Liquid Fence Deer Repellent), and then you can begin the cycle again. Application could be as often as every week. A good time to rotate products would be after heavy rain or thorough watering.