I need help with how I can stop deer from eating my phlox and hostas

by Maggie
The deer are eating my phlox before they even get to the blossom stage. I've tried deer begone, and sprinkling with cayenne pepper to no avail. Any tips , other than a rifle, would be greatly appreciated.
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 01, 2017

    Try garlic mixes with hot pepper,blood meal,anything ting with odors to deter them.asty smelling herbs,oils etc.

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on May 01, 2017

    Honestly, the only thing you can do is replace them with something the deer won't eat. I replaced my hostas and other flowers/plants with ferns, lilies, a butterfly bush, daisies and a few other things. We tried all those remedies and they don't guarantee anything. A hungry deer will eat anything! Good luck.

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    • Wanda Coleman Wanda Coleman on May 03, 2017

      Blood meal.Put the blood meal in little taco sauce cotainers and poke holes in the top The deer will not come near.

  • Irish spring soap shredded and put on ground around my peppers and tomatoes worked for me last year.

    • Maggie Maggie on May 02, 2017

      I'm desperate I'll give it a try. Thanks for the info.

  • Pep8106377 Pep8106377 on May 02, 2017

    Get yourself a big bottle of SKOOT. You mix it into a spray bottle and spray the area you want. The stuff is soooo bitter to deer, rabbits, mice etc after the first bite they run away. We've been using it for several years with great success. You must read the label and you need to reapply after heavy rain. We buy it at the local farm supply store, SKOOT is the product many farmers use.

    • Maggie Maggie on May 03, 2017

      Thanks , I'll try and find it and give it a try. I enjoy watching the deer but I am done with all my plantings being destroyed every summer.

  • Jus51603819 Jus51603819 on Jul 04, 2021

    Spray your plants with a half and half mixture of water and Murphy's Oil Soap. Repeat after a rain shower.

  • Jj Jj on Jul 04, 2021

    Spray with Neem oil. They don't like the smell.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 04, 2021

    Hello Maggie, can you put something around them or over them so the deer cannot reach them? Something like a chicken wire cage that will still allow you to see them. You can remove it to do any gardening you need to

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 23, 2022

    Deer do not like sage, plant some of that with your plants that the deer love.