Asked on Jun 05, 2015

How to keep deer away from the hosta plants

Nancy Hiatt
by Nancy Hiatt
I have several varieties of hosta plants in my front yard under the trees. This is the first year the deer are coming at night and eating the leaves! It is not condusive to install a fence. Any suggestions or suggestions of products to discourage them?
  14 answers
  • Rhonda B Rhonda B on Jun 06, 2015
    Bobbex deer repellent is the best, Liquid Fence works great also. Problem is it can get expensive especially if it rains frequently (needs to be reapplied after the rain).
  • JJ Marshall JJ Marshall on Jun 07, 2015
    Could you add some marigolds here and there? A lot of animals do not like that smell. Ex. deer , rabbits, groundhogs etc.
  • Dawn R Fischer Dawn R Fischer on Jun 07, 2015
    I've heard that human hair clippings sprinkled around can repel deer, due to the scent. Ask at your salon or barber if you can have what they sweep up.
  • Gigi Gigi on Jun 07, 2015
    I put a fence around mine, thinking deer won't go into a small enclosed area, well one did and snacked. I ended up putting a bird netting just over the hostas. So far so good. It's thin and lightweight and can't see the netting unless you get close up.
  • Patti @Hearth and Vine Patti @Hearth and Vine on Jun 07, 2015
    I've used liquid fence with some luck. You have to re-spray after it rains. If you are lucky they will be trained to avoid that area after a while.
  • Connie Connie on Jun 07, 2015
    The same thing happened to us last year. This year, we put down malorganite around the perimeter of the yard and extra around plants. It is pretty inexpensive and is also used as a fertilizer...our grass is quite green! Anyway, so far, so good. My flowers (hosta and hydrangea) are still intact. Last year at this time they were all eaten. Re apply after a couple of weeks. Good luck!
  • Deanna Deanna on Jun 07, 2015
    Somewhere on line I found the grossest recipe I used to keep the deer off of my zinnias. If I remember right it had dish soap, mouthwash, water, 1 egg and I don't remember exactly what else but it worked! I think if you Google deer repellent recipe you'll find it. If the little suckers come back I'll be Googling it again!!!
  • Lokie Lokie on Jun 07, 2015
    Last summer I was having problems with both deer and rabbits. I went and got the last flat of marigolds and planted around the border. Not sure if it will work for you but it kept them out of the veggie garden for me. This year I made sure to get some marigolds early so i would have plenty. There now planted all around the veggie garden and some other beds I have and so far no problems rabbits or deer. :)
  • Marsha Marsha on Jun 07, 2015
    I have been using Milorganite for a few yrs now and i have been able to keep the deer away from my plants that they love. I put it around the base of each plant, I am very generous with it. Great fertilizer too
    • Marsha lauria Marsha lauria on Jul 03, 2015
      @Marsha Where do you purchase the Milorganite from? I tried the gargen section of a big box store & they didn't know what it was. Thanks
  • Nancy Hiatt Nancy Hiatt on Jun 07, 2015
    thanks! I appreciate the suggestions!
  • Marnie Guy Marnie Guy on Jun 07, 2015
    I find Irish Spring soap cut in several slices and spread around the plant works. You will have to replace after a rain or as soap dissolves.
  • Jacqueline Jacqueline on Jun 08, 2015
    I found a product at stores like Farm and Fleet . I don't remember the name but if you go in and ask they should know what you are looking for. It is a kit sort that has several metal spikes that you put in the ground and then there is a special cup like device that sits on top that is filled with a powder and it will work and no need to keep replacing them all the time. Will last all summer. You space them so many feet apart so it is easy to cover a large area. I had about 20 Hosta all along the back of my house and never lost any of them.
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 19, 2023

    Plant sage among the hostas, deer hate it.

  • Nancy Hiatt Nancy Hiatt on Apr 19, 2023

    Thanks so much!!!!