The Q&A Archives: Deer Proof Shrubs, Trees And Flowers

Question: We are building a home in Westchester County and have no idea of the types of trees,shrubs or gardening flowers both annual and perennial,which will survive the invasion of the deer population. Please help with any lists or suggestions to prevent an expensive undertaking.

Answer: Unfortunately, there is no tried and true list to give you. Some guidlines suggest they will not eat aromatic plants such as herbs or thorny plants but at my house they have eaten both with roses being a favorite. Daffodils are often listed as deer proof, but the deer at my house ate those, too. The reason for this is that deer learn to eat new plants all the time and will eat a huge variety of things; the hungrier they are the more they will eat, too, so some years may be worse than others. The best advice I can give you is to check with your new neighbors and find out what the deer do not eat yet in that specific area. In my sad experience, the most reliable long term solution is a fence.

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