How to Keep Deer from Your Garden

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Antonelli Realty 3137972

It can be disheartening to pour love and attention into your garden only to have deer come in and make off with your haul. But with urbanization and building pushing more and more deer from their natural habitats, it’s no shocker they end up in your yard. Here are a few kind ways to keep them out.

A fence. Obviously, a full fence is the easiest way to keep deer out. Something high like picket or chain link should do the trick.

Pick the right plants. Did you know certain plants will deter deer? Planting beds of strong smelling plants like marigolds or lavender around the perimeter of your yard and garden can ward off deer, as they don’t like to walk through strong smelling flora for fear of becoming more noticeable to predators.

Sprinkle soap. Similar to the strong-smelling plant method, grating or cubing up fragrant soap can ward off deer. Once a month, grate some scented organic soap around your garden’s perimeter, and even atop new budding plants. If you get a heavy downpour, sprinkle again.

Make a stinky spray. Continuing the trend of foul smelling deterrents, consider cracking an egg into a gallon-sized spray bottle, adding one egg, one cup of milk, a few pumps of dish soap, and filling the rest with water. Once a week, spray the concoction around the base of your plants to deter deer, but pay mind the mixture will be stinky for you, too.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Paul. A solution for me is to live in a highrise in downtown Chicago. No problems with deer. Enjoy your day!

May 07, 2018 06:07 AM #1
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
New Homes Specialist

We have deer and they are welcome in my yard. They can eat my yew all day long but we also put a salt block at the top of our 2.5 acres. But another way is getting a dog! A big one. Ours have fun chasing the deer off. Fences wont deter them, I've seen them jump 10 feet perimeter fences in a gated community.

May 07, 2018 06:11 AM #2
James Grant
Asheville, NC

Good Morning, Paul, I like the idea of sprinkle soap. Thanks for sharing! these are great tips.

May 07, 2018 07:54 AM #3
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