The Q&A Archives: deer problem

Question: what are the best plants,shrubs,and trees to plant so the deer will not eat them. we live in south new jersey.

Answer: 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.

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 using it. I live in a rural area, so I think it works! You can also hang deodorant soap bars in your trees or on stakes. That works for some gardener.

The products "Deer Away", and "Ropel" are also 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).

Hope this information helps!

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