Asked on Feb 17, 2018

I am looking for deer resistant plantsor an easy way to keep them out

SassyEllisRini
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  • Kathy
    Kathy
    on Feb 17, 2018

    We also have deer-they’re beautiful until they find your flowers! I have found they don’t like really fragrant flowers, old hens and chicks, yuccas and ornamental grass! So far they have also left my hostas and daylillies alone...trial and error is how I figured out the flower combination in my yard ..best of luck to you!
  • Anne
    Anne
    on Feb 17, 2018

    I have googled this and found quite a lot of deer resistant plants. Remember tho if the deer are hungry and there isn’t much else to eat, the “resistance” goes out the window. There are sprays that you can use for this purpose too. Plants that are tough and prickly work.
  • Denise Roberts Selden
    Denise Roberts Selden
    on Feb 17, 2018

    deer are pretty tough to keep out of your veggies, a tall chicken wired fence might help.I use human hair ( I’m a hairdresser) . I’m sure if you ask your stylist he/she will save some for you. It’s great for the soil, birds use it to make nests, and it definitely works for me.
  • Kru29813386
    Kru29813386
    on Feb 17, 2018

    Try holly. Deer wont eat these no matter how hungry they are because of the sharp edges of the leaves.
  • Maureen
    Maureen
    on Feb 17, 2018

    I wanted to plant flowers that I know they like for the color so I took a non-galvanized fence wire, that WOULD rust about 2X the height and width of the full grown plant height/width and able to span the depth of the planting area, then cut through the wire so there were exposed sections like the tongs of a fork going all across the width of where I was going to plant the flowers. These get poked into the ground after you gently bend the fencing to make a domed section of the wire to fit over the plants. After a while the fencing rusts enough that you won't even see it! It will need to have about 2-4" square sections to keep the deer from being able to reach through the fencing with their mouths and rigid enough to support a little pressure. I used a 4' garden fencing purchased in a 50' roll. Plenty of fencing to cover a good sized flower border. If you have taller plants you can get 6' or 8' roll height fencing and trust me they all just disappear into the background when they rust out. They also last for YEARS. To keep them in place after you poke the pronged ends into the soil you can use landscape pins on the horizontal parts of the fencing that meet the ground, every few feet. Now there is no limit to what I can plant even with all the deer in my area. You can tailor the shape with those wire cutters so you can get around circles or curved areas too. Good luck. I hope you have fun planting your garden this spring.
  • Fiddledd224
    Fiddledd224
    on Feb 18, 2018

    Ask your barber or hair salon for hair clippings and place them in a used pair of panty hose. Tie them up and hang in the garden where the deer congregate. They should not come back because deer are afraid of the smell of humans.
  • Rini
    Rini
    on Feb 18, 2018

    I don't have deer so I don't have to chase them away, however, I read that lightly spraying some plants or the soil around them with a solution of water and white distilled vinegar in a range of 4:1 will chase them away because they don't like the acid in the smell. You supposedly have to respray every other week depending on the weather, of course, and it is supposed to be very good to also scare away other animals, insects, and kill weeds.
    Don't take my word for it because I haven't tried it, but since vinegar is innocuous -and cheap-, you may want to try it and tell us how it goes. If you do, I would research a bit more. You don't want to kill your plants, and some of them thrive in acidic soil while others hate it.
    Good luck!
  • Ellis
    Ellis
    on Feb 18, 2018

    Irish Spring soap, chopped up or thin pieces "shaved" off the bar, and tied up in old stockings or nylon knee-highs, tied at intervals among your plantings.

    For some reason, many critters don't like the scent of Irish Spring.
  • Sassy
    Sassy
    on Feb 19, 2018

    Ellis is right about the Irish Spring, but do remember that watering and rain will melt it away so you do need to replace it every so often. I use 1/4 of the bar in each bag I have hanging where I don't want the deer.
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