Deer Problems - Knowledgebase Question

Whitmore, CA
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Question by rdederer
March 11, 1998
Do you have any help as to what you can plant in your yard for flowers that deer won't bother or do you have a spray of some kind that will help keep them away?

Answer from NGA
March 11, 1998
The bad news is that deer will eat anything if they're hungry enough. Some plants are less attractive to deer than others, but they quickly learn where the good tasting plants are, so unless you have only undesirable plants in your garden, the deer will continue to browse on everything. If you can fence the area, you'll deter the deer. Sometimes you can scare them off with lights or sprinklers that are set with a motion detector so they go off when the deer approach.

Deer don't especially like Abelia, Cape Mallow, Manzanita, Bamboo, Boxwood, Bottlebrush, Scotch Heather, Cotoneaster, Carpet Bugle, Jasmine, Lantana, Vinca, or Coreopsis. Try these in your garden; they'll probably be left alone by the deer.

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