The Q&A Archives: Deer

Question: How on earth do I keep the darn deer from devouring anything they can reach? Just last night they ate my roses and tomato plants.

Answer: I wish I had an answer to your problem, but aside from fencing, there really is no way to keep deer out of your yard. Some plants are more attractive to deer than others, but if there's enough competition for food, and deer are hungry enough, they'll eat almost anything. The tender foliage of roses seem to be one of their favorites. If you haven't already tried scaring them away, and spraying unsavory tasting mixtures on your plants, you can certainly give those a try. A barking dog can sometimes be a deterrent, or if that isn't an option, you might try draping your rose bushes each night with bird netting. Deer are creatures of habit and tend to visit the same places in the same gardens time after time. If you drape your rose bushes with bird netting and the deer can't dine on your roses, they just may find another garden to visit and will leave yours alone. I sure hope so!

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