Keeping deer out of your garden
Deer are graceful and beautiful wild animals – if they aren't in your yard or garden, trying to eat up all of the flowers or produce you worked so hard to plant and grow. Most homeowners don't dislike deer; however, they really do not want deer in their yards. Deer can do a lot of damage in a very short amount of time, making your landscaping look shabby and ruining entire crops of vegetables.
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There are solutions for keeping deer out of your yard and in the wild where they belong. However, what works for one homeowner may not work for the next. This is because deer are different across the country, and even across each state. Some experimenting may have to be done to find out which method is best for any given homeowner.
Natural Deer Repellent
Here are some types of deer repellent that have worked for some homeowners. There are natural means of keeping deer out of your yard:
- Build a fence. Fences discourage animals from entering a yard. Keep in mind, though, that deer can jump over many fences, even one that you might consider tall enough to work as a deer repellent measure.
- Have an electronic fence installed. The shock a deer would get from an electronic fence wouldn't be enough to harm it; however, it could be enough to dissuade the deer from trying to enter your yard again. On the other hand, if it's really hungry, it might just try again, anyway.
- Use an automated sprinkler system. No one likes to be suddenly surprised by a shockingly cold spray of water – neither do deer. This is an easy form of natural deer repellent.
- Try an ultrasonic device. These work to emit a noise that the deer really don't like, but that humans cannot hear. This may not be a good idea if you have pets, though.
- Plant varieties of bushes and plants that deer do not like. Deer naturally steer clear of specific plants, such as black-eyed Susans. If you plant a great number of the plants they dislike, perhaps the deer will stay away.
Homemade Deer Repellent
Aside from natural deer repellent measures, you can also try your hand at homemade deer repellent. A quick search online will give you dozens of homemade deer repellent recipes that you can make in your own kitchen. Here's one:
Mix the following items together:
- 1 quart water
- 1 egg white
- 2 tsp very hot pepper (such as cayenne)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray near areas where deer typically go.