Help? Deer are eating my lilies> What can I do?

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  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Jun 10, 2012
    Try the Repellex tablets (available online) and let us know how they work.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 10, 2012
    Another product to try: Plantskydd, an odor-based repellent that meets the standards for organic gardening.

  • JANIS S JANIS S on Jun 10, 2012
    I will purchase, than you.

  • JANIS S JANIS S on Jun 10, 2012
    I will purchase, thank you.

  • Cathie T Cathie T on Jun 10, 2012
    I suggest using HAIR. It's free & it sure works well w/my hosta.It dosn't matter what kind ,you,dog,cat. try it. Someone also told me to use human urine. Am trying that now.Can let you know how sucessful I am. I like to be as organic as possible & believe me I have found a lot of things that don't cost $ & are not poison.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 10, 2012
    Good luck, Janis. You may have to switch things up so deer don't get used to one bad smell.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 10, 2012
    The only thing you can do is MOVE! HA....we live just over a mile from of the busiest highways in the world...and the deer give me fits. Last year they ate the red and purple petunias, leaving only the white. My plantings looked AWFUL...but they do not touch my lilies? Don't know what to tell you.

  • Jan C Jan C on Jun 11, 2012
    For rabbits and deer, I go to the nearest hair salon and ask for the garbage bag that has the swept up hair off the floor. I use plastic gloves and sprinkle it around my plants and it works and is free (just a little gross). I then store any hair not used in a zip lock storage baggie for future use and to keep the smell on it. I put down fresh after a rain. So far so good!

  • If the deer are hungry they will eat anything in front of them. Putting down hair, urine and all the other tricks only works if it really does work for a very short time. You need to fence off the area with high fence, or simply shoot them, which of course is not always the best course of action.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 11, 2012
    It really depends on how bad your deer problem is. When I lived in New York I had only an occasional deer problem and scent-based products worked for me during the growing season. But I started screening my evergreens with burlap in the winter after deer ate both holly and juniper in a bad winter.

  • Sandra R Sandra R on Jun 11, 2012
    My mom sprinkles hers with dried milk ( powder, not mixed), it seems to help.

  • Sheila G Sheila G on Jun 11, 2012
    Home Depot sells "Deer Off" in a royal blue smells like rotten eggs, it has worked for me. I tried a brand Walmart sells and it is the WORSE smell....but after just 2 weeks it did not work. Deer Off survives rain.

  • Clay B Clay B on Jun 11, 2012
    I use Deer Off, Spray monthly. Get the concentrate, and use a pump sprayer to save money.

  • JANIS S JANIS S on Jun 11, 2012
    Hi all I ordered some plantskydd from amazon and a 7" poly fence but I suppose its too late for lilies this year, buds are eaten. Thank you so much for your suggestions. It costs over $100 but I love my flowers.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 12, 2012
    At least you will be well-armed for next season, Janis.

  • Nancy Rhodes C Nancy Rhodes C on Jun 12, 2012
    I used to put peanut butter on the trees to draw the deer to my property. They are so pretty. Guess I was lucky they did not come. I have seen only a doe with her fawn just one time.

  • JANIS S JANIS S on Jun 17, 2012
    I bought some poly fence for next year and I will try all the suggestions I received. Thank you so much.