Avid gardeners work day in and day out to grow the best vegetables, plant the healthiest tree, to keep their landscape looking great and to keep their plants and flowers in full bloom. But imagine, if one day, a herd a deer ruined it all—foraging to their heart’s desire. A gardener’s hopes for their plants, shrubs trees and vegetables would be dashed. Be proactive—prevent this from ever happening to you by following our tips below.
- The most obvious tip we’ll give you is to build an impenetrable fence around your entire yard. We have all the supplies you’ll need to make that happen. Deer fence provides a low maintenance, cost effective solution to your deer issue. Nearly invisible, yet highly durable, the Deer fence serves as a constant barrier that forever discourages deer, forcing them to find new food sources.
- Consider investing in Deer Scram or BuckStop. Both are granular products that are water resistant and highly effective. Neither are poisonous or harmful to Deer, but both provide an overwhelming aroma (to Deer only J) that signifies danger and caution. Although harmless, the scent of fear from BuckStop and Deer Scram is more than enough to ensure the safety of all your plants and vegetables.
- Learn what deer eat, and where they eat. Deer like to eat in areas near cover; that makes your garden the perfect spot! Gardens provide a variety of meals—and usually in big quantities. Deer eat virtually everything: vegetables, fruits and foliage, including fruit-bearing trees, ivy, strawberries, pine, lettuce, maple, corn, peas, and much, much more. They actually enjoy variety over quantity, and they’ll eat a little bit of everything if it’s up to them.
- Identify the damage done to figure out of you should start investing in a fence or other alternatives. You can tell if a tree has been damaged by deer because the ends of branches will be destroyed or torn off. Plants will have slit marks. Deer don’t have incisor teeth—meaning they tear at things, they don’t bite. Rodents and rabbits, on the other hand, do have incisors, so they’ll bite and nibble. The height of the damage is another great indicator of animal intrusion.