Deer Eating Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Grovetown, GA
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Question by dtrainor3
November 18, 1997
Deer are emerging from a neighboring woods nightly and are eating my shrubs! Roses, azaleas, whatever; they eat them all. What can I plant that they won't eat? I don't especially want a yard full of cactus or yucca. Can I treat my plants with anything that would repel the critters?

Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997
Deer will eat anything if they're hungry enough, but these plants have been reported to be less favored, due to their fuzzy or fibrous leaves: ferns, ornamental grasses, wormwood, lambs ears, bugloss, Virginia bluebells,lungwort, foxgloves, poppies.

Short of a tall fence or an electric fence, there are no guarantees for keeping deer from foraging in your garden. You can try a few tricks and see how they work. There's a motion senstive device that shoots water (Water DeFence - sold by Gardener's Supply Co. -; 800/863-1700). If you don't own a dog, borrow one from a friend a few days per week to stroll around the property - the scent may be enough to keep them away. Deer-Off is a concentrate of spoiled egg solids that has had success in some gardens (also sold by Gardener's Supply Co.). Wild animals are smart, and they'll learn your tricks unless you use a combination of them and vary them often. Your county extension office (ph#706/541-0557) may be able tooffer you other advice, and should be able to supply you with plans for fences if you need to take that route. Hope this helps!

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