The Q&A Archives: anti deer plants

Question: What are the best type of shrubs/flowering plants that the deer do not like to eat...

Answer: Nancy,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

Deer are a real problem on many plants. Lists of deer resistant plants exist but I must warn you...if they are really hungry they'll open your front door, walk across the room, jump over you stretched out in the recliner watching TV, open the refrigerator and grab the lettuce in the crisper drawer! In other words, hunger expands their palate and increases their bravery.

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. Finally, here are some sites that may help you find those plants they prefer to avoid.

Your County Extension Office may have additional suggestions for deer resistant plants for your area.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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