Asked on Jul 19, 2014

HELP! the deer are using my garden as their buffet

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The deer ate most of my lilies. I've tried Deer Off, windmills, red pepper, soap, cedar chips, nothing seems to work and I'm frustrated. They eat the flowers off day, oriental & easter lilies.
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  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 19, 2014
    try hanging some foil pie plates around cut wholes in them so they make a noise when wind blows or try some human hair.

  • Jodi Husted Jodi Husted on Jul 19, 2014
    somewhere I read that you should be able to get a spray made of lion urine should get rid of them

  • Jajohnsey Jajohnsey on Jul 19, 2014
    Try a Winchester 30/30. Win win situation.

  • Judy Judy on Jul 19, 2014
    Deer are strict vegetarians & don't care for protein so mix an egg & a pint of fat free milk (made from powdered works well) in a blender, strain it & put in a sprayer. Spray the plants the deer seem to like with the mixture. Repeat after rain or watering with a sprinkler. If you notice, most commercial deer repellent sprays contain egg whites (albumen). Other things that work well are urinating around the perimeter of the garden & getting a big dog that will chase them off. If you like venison try Jajohnsey's solution, it's my personal favorite.

  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Jul 19, 2014
    I have trouble with deer eating my blooms and leaves too. This year I used Irish Spring soap (cut in half and with a hole drilled in it) attached to a stick. So far this has worked great this summer. I wrote a post on Hometalk about this under White Oak Studio Designs. Try to search for it for the details and many others chimed in with their ideas too.

  • Carolyn Fine Carolyn Fine on Jul 19, 2014
    You may need to try deer resistant plants but when hungry they eat them too.

  • Jeff Turner Jeff Turner on Jul 19, 2014
    Hang out nylons filled with human hair. Another way is to urinate around them. But your neighbors might not appreciate that one!!

    • Judy Judy on Jul 20, 2014
      @Jeff Turner You can always urinate in a jar then sprinkle it around the perimeter of the garden.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 20, 2014
    For the long term, the only solution that works is a deer fence.

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    • Anne Fitzpatrick Anne Fitzpatrick on Jul 20, 2014
      @Judy You're right, when we had our yellow lab, we were't bothered by deer.

  • Grady Grady on Nov 19, 2014
    Make something that makes a lot of noise and that should take care of the problem.

    • Anne Fitzpatrick Anne Fitzpatrick on Nov 20, 2014
      @Grady I should have my grandsons over more often, lol...the pie plates sound like a good idea, thanks

  • Grady Grady on Dec 08, 2014
    You could make a jingle trap that scares them. Or buy repellent.

  • Anne Fitzpatrick Anne Fitzpatrick on Dec 08, 2014
    Grady, we do use repellent, but it doesn't last very long, have to keep spraying, we need a few hunters, we have herds going through our yard.

  • Build a fence at least 7 feet tall, or just plant more deer resistant plant material. You will never beat them at their game:) Good Luck:)

  • Anne Fitzpatrick Anne Fitzpatrick on Dec 09, 2014
    You're right!

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


    Use a vegetable peeler on the bar of Irish Spring soap and scatter shavings around plants and bushes. There's a product called Bobbex that works really well if you have something you want to protect though!


    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!