Deer and mole resistant - Knowledgebase Question

Old Chatham, Ne
Question by bgmvc
February 8, 2011
What are the best perennials for yards that have deer and mole visitors?


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Answer from NGA
February 8, 2011

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Moles can be an occasional problem in any landscape. They seem to move in and out of areas, sometimes without detection, and might even hang around when the soil is full of organic matter and there are plenty of grubs just below the soil surface. Not only do these creatures help aerate the soil, they also feed on insects and grubs. But, they do leave raised patches of earth, and can harm bulbs and the roots of plants when they dig their tunnels. You can try trapping the critters, or you can just stomp the raised earth down to try and discourage them from taking up permanent residence in your yard. If mole tunneling becomes are real nuisance, purchase a scissors-type trap and place it in the tunnel to capture the moles. Trapping takes lots of patience and a bit of luck, but it's the only sure way of eradicating a mole population.

The following perennials don't seem to be as attractive to deer as others so you might give them a try: Ageratum (Eupatorium coelestinum) Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x Johnsonii) Angel Trumpet (Datura spp ) Bouncing Bet / Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) Silver King Artemisia (Artemisia ludoviciana) Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii ) Bearded Iris (Iris spp) Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonii) Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) Elephant Ears (Alocasia spp./Colocasia spp.) Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) Goldmoss Sedum (Sedum acre) Gray Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina hamaecyparissus) Green Santolina (Santolina virens) Hummingbird Bush (Anisacanthus wrightii) Indigo Spires Salvia (Salvia 'Indigo Spires') Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) Lantana (Lantana spp) Mallow Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) Marguerite (Chrysanthemum frutescens) Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea ) Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris) Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera ) Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida) Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia) Oxeye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Spined Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp) Split Leaf Philodendron (P. selloum ) Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea) Wedelia (Wedelia trilobata) Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum) Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis) Evergreen Pavonia (Pavonia hastata) Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum Pseudocapsicum) Perilla/Shiso (Perilla frutescens 'Atropurpurea) Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) Society Garlic (Tulbaghia fragrens) Good luck with your garden!

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