Asked on Sep 17, 2019

How can I keep deer away from flowers?

VimarhonorLinda SikutDebbie/Dragonfly Treasure


4 answers
  • Janet
    on Sep 17, 2019

    I believe that a local nursery around you could give the best products and suggestions. 😊

  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on Sep 17, 2019

    Deer turn their noses up at fragrant plants with strong scents. Sages, ornamental salvias, and lavender, daffodils, garlic, annual vinca, marigolds, coneflowers

    My cousin uses a vegetable peeler on a bar of Irish Spring soap and scatters the shavings around her plants. There's also a product called Bobbex that works really well if you have something that is very precious to you.

    I read this from Gma Kirk: A farmer gave me a gross recipe for repellent...but it works. cup or two of urine, tablespoons of crushed garlic, and cayenne pepper, two eggs in a gallon jug, shake well, fill rest of the way with water. Cap and let age a week. Then you drizzle small stream around the perimeter of whatever you want to keep them from eating. Works on rabbits, too

  • Linda Sikut
    on Sep 17, 2019

    Hi Peggi,

    While we don't have deer, we do have rabbits. I was able to purchase deer spray that is really meant for deer, to use to prevent the rabbits from eating our flowers. This year, I only had a few flowers that interested the rabbits in pots. The rabbits only nibbled on a few so I let them eat. ;) Wishing you the best.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Sep 17, 2019

    Hello. I personally understand this frustration.

    Generally fencing and cautious plant choices before planting.

    This was one of my exam questions.

    Perhaps these references might help you.

    Generally unless you want to construct tall fencing being aware of what deer like and dislike is advisable and to be aware of repellents effectiveness.

    1-Preventive deterrent by plant/ landscaping choices could offer deer resistance

    Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance This publication can offer homeowner comprehensive detailing that might aid in making the right choices before planting. Regional differences in deer species and plants could apply.

    2-Deer a garden pest

    3- Research has shown that, while that odor repellents tend not to work, taste repellents can be very effective. Any repellent with egg solids, blood, hot pepper, or capsaicin as an ingredient is your best choice. Some repellents contain both eggs and hot pepper or capsaicin, and those work particularly well.

    Additional non edu sources include

    Deer-Resistant Plants and Flowers: Keep Deer Out of Your Garden | The Old Farmer's Almanac

    Deer Resistant Plant Lists by State

    Deer Resistant Plants: 20 Deer Proof Shrubs, Flowers & Groundcovers | Garden Design

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