Turkey and deers in garden - Knowledgebase Question

rochester, mn
Question by patelkalpa20
June 20, 2007
What is best way to protect plants from being meal for turkey and deers. which plants are not liked by these pest.
I have annuals and they are all pulled by turkey in morning . roses , hastas, and all plants are food for turkey early morning.

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2007


Deer-resistant plants are the ideal solution; but, unfortunately, few plants are fully deer proof. Many species that are unattractive to deer when other browse is plentiful become deer candy when food is in short supply. The combination of heat and summer droughts almost invariably make late summer and fall a particularly trying time for deer-plagued areas.

The only real solution is fencing your yard or caging your most prized plants. Here is a list of plants that deer do not especially target. Hope it helps!

Abelia (Abelia spp.), Acuba (Acuba japonica), Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata), Autumn Aster (Aster spp.), Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), Blackberry (Rubus spp.), 3
Boxwood (Buxus microphylla), Cotoneaster (Coral Beauty), (Cotoneaster dammeri),
Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ixex cornuta), Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria), Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.), Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens), Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis), Germander (Teucrium spp.), Goldcup (Hypericum spp.), Japanese arealia (Arelia sieboldii), Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum), Juniper (Juniperus spp.), Lantana (Lantana horrida), Lavender (Lavandula spp.), Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa), Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia), Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri), Nandina (Nandina spp.), Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea), Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius), Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus), Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), Sacahuista/Bear Grass/Nolina (Nolina spp.), Sotol (Dasylirion spp.), Yucca (Yucca spp.), Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides).

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