The Q&A Archives: Planting To Repel Deer

Question: I have relatives who live in Pennsylvania and they are continuously bothered by deer, who eat all of their plants.

Are there herbs or plants that they can plant around their favorite plants that will keep the deer from attacking their plants?

Answer: Deer will eat most anything if they're hungry enough. Sprays of egg solids, hot pepper oil and other such ingredients are available and may help some, especially when the deer "pressure" is not too high. Human hair (from the local barber shop) in bags made of hosery and perfumed soaps have worked for me when they had other options to feed upon. Here are some sites that may help you find those plants they prefer to avoid. Keep in mind that plants recommended for another part of the country may not do well in your area:

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