We love ‘em and then sometimes… we don’t. Deer can bring wonderment and beauty to our yards, but they also bring something else – their appetites. When these four legged friends start to eat everything but the concrete, it’s probably time to take some action.
Just about everyone has got their ideas on what works and what doesn’t. It seems that it has a lot to do with how used to human interaction the deer are. If you have a neighbor that feeds them, it’s going to be very tough to shew them off. On the other hand, if you live near an area where there are regular hunting seasons, then the deer are much more likely to be scared of you and your tactics!
Store bought sprays can be very effective. There are many on the market from rotten egg smells to coyote and other predator urine. The downside is, they do smell terrible and they can be quite expensive.
Many people swear by motion detected water sprayers that blast a shot of water in the deer’s direction. As one manufacturer puts it... “Harsh but Harmless.”
The following are all homemade deer prevention strategies. Special note* try rotating these tactics for best effect.
- Hair in Nylons. Yes, using cut hair and stuffing it in nylons or thin socks, then tying them around the areas deer graze has been said to stave them off. Some people collect hair at their local salons just for this purpose!
- Shaved Irish Spring Soap scattered about, or some dryer sheets, like Bounty have been known to repel a deer or two.
- Wind Chimes and/or hanging tin pans that will clank in the wind or when the deer walk by them can scare them off. (Remember to think of your neighbors!)
- Human urine! Many folks say marking the territory the old fashion way works like a charm. Again, it’s not for everyone, but a house full of boys might have a fun new summer pastime! (Again – think of your neighbors!)
Perhaps the best thing you can do other than having a guard dog or a 10’ fence around the perimeter is using plants that are labeled deer resistant. In addition, observe what is being eaten and what isn’t and keep a running list. Things may change from year to year depending on how desperate or ‘adventurous’ they are feeling, but it should still give you a good idea of what is safest to plant in the future.
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