The Q&A Archives: Deer Resistant Plants

Question: I have a summer house on the south shore of Long Island, NY and we have a bad deer problem. I was wondering if you could give some advice on plants and shrubs I could plant that the deer will not eat. I am only a few blocks from the Atlantic ocean and Long Island Sound. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. I was told I can not plant a vegatable garden because the deer would eat everything.

Answer: Yes, deer can certainly be a BIG problem for gardeners. There are Deer Resistant plants...actually quite a few. I'll give you just some of them. Bulbs: allium, crocus, daffodil; Perennials: artemesia, aster, coneflower, candytuft, iris, peony andphlox; Shrubs: boxwood, cotoneaster, hydrangea and lilac; Groundcovers: ajuga, ferns, pachysandra; Vines: clematis, euonymus; Trees: maple, birch, dogwood, pear, hemlock; As far as the veggies go...there's always a fence. Unfortunately deer can easily jump over it.<br><br>I have had extremely good results using "Milorganite" which is a lawn fertilizer that deer find particularly offensive. I sprinkle it throughout my gardens every 2-3 weeks and haven't seen deer since I started usingit. I live in a rural area, so I think it works! You can also hang deoderant soap bars in your trees or on stakes. That is also supposed to work. <br><br>The product "Deer Away", sold by Burpee, is said to be effective in repelling deer but must be reapplied every 7-10 days (you will find this true for most all repellents, the rain and dew tend to wash them away). Burpee also <br>sells coyote urine which is effective at repelling deer. Check out the most recent catalog (if you need one call 1-800-888-1447 or visit the website) to obtain either of these products.<br><br>

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