How to Get Rid of Deer
Deer in the yard can be a pleasant sight for many people, but an omen of disaster for those with prized gardens and flower bushes. A vegetable garden can be devoured in a matter of days and ornamental plants can be damaged beyond repair. Unfortunately, once deer invade an area it is extremely difficult to frighten them away. Here are some methods others have used to keep the deer at bay.
1. Consider lessening the population
Thinning out a deer population by hunting has been shown to reduce their effect on gardens and foliage in the area. It can also improve the overall health of the deer population by reducing disease and starvation. The method is controversial as some do not agree with the killing of animals and there are legal restrictions as to how many deer can be hunted. Before attempting this method, be sure you live in an area where the use of firearms is allowed.
2. Fence in entire yard
Putting up a tall fence is an extremely effective way to stop deer from invading a garden, but it can be unsightly. The fence would need to be at least eight feet tall and go one foot into the ground. Hungry deer can be rather persistent and will attempt to push under a fence.
3. Protect the plants
Placing protective mesh around the plants you want to keep safe is an alternative to fencing in an entire yard. It still allows the plants to be displayed while stopping damage.
4. Consider planting deer resistant plants
There are some types of plants that deer simply will not bother. Some more popular species are Spearmint, Blue Fescue Grass, Lavender, Peony, Lamb’s Ear and Yucca. Deer will also avoid most plants with strong odors or thorns. Unfortunately, most vegetables are quite attractive to deer, so there aren’t many options with the exception of hot peppers.
5. Remove cover
Deer feel the safest when they feed near brushy cover. If you live near a wooded area, removing the brush and limbs around the bases of the trees can discourage deer activity.
6. Chemical repellents
There are many varieties of commercial deer repellents on the market today. They come in sprays and granules, which makes them easy to apply over large areas. Some mimic the smells of predators, while others create an extremely foul odor to the deer. Note: These sprays can also affect family pets.
7. Electronic repellents
Electronic repellents are placed near the area you would like to protect and work by emitting an irritating sound to deer. They can be motion activated or set to run continuously. There are other electronic repellents that spray the deer with water or startle them with bright lights.
These are some of the best ways to stop deer from destroying your yard and garden; however there is no magic solution. It may take several of the methods outlined above to make a difference, but beautiful flowers and vegetables will be worth the trouble!