Deer - Knowledgebase Question

East Stroudsburg, PA
Question by loonybin
May 1, 2001
We here in Northeast Pennsylvania have a major problem with our deer population. Being a long-time resident, I have noticed that within the last 6 or 7 years the deer herd has grown and their food supply has dwindled. They have eaten our rhododendron, azalea, hosta, even our hollies. What can we plant (shrubs, annuals, perrenials) that the deer will leave alone. Several of my neighbors also need this information, if you can help.


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Answer from NGA
May 1, 2001

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Many gardeners use the repellant sprays with varying success, but they must be applied and reapplied according to the instructions in order to be as effective as possible. There are also many home remedies such as using soap, blood meal, human hair and so on.

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. Keep in mind that plants recommended for another part of the country may not do well
in your area:


http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/ho...

http://www.tpoint.net/neighbor...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://www.hht.com/bus/horns/A...

http://www.fullertonlandscapes...

http://home.ptd.net/~jchorba/d...




Many gardeners use the repellant sprays with varying success, but they must be applied and reapplied according to the instructions in order to be as effective as possible. There are also many home remedies such as using soap, blood meal, human hair and so on.

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. Keep in mind that plants recommended for another part of the country may not do well
in your area:


http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/ho...

http://www.tpoint.net/neighbor...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://www.hht.com/bus/horns/A...

http://www.fullertonlandscapes...

http://home.ptd.net/~jchorba/d...


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