Deer Resistant Plants - Knowledgebase Question

East Aurora, NY
Question by marylounc
October 31, 1998
We have just moved to the Buffalo area where we have many deer on our 14 acres. What can I plant that the deer won't eat? Also, what do I need to know about this growing zone that's different from the Cincinnati area


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Answer from NGA
October 31, 1998

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Unfortunately deer will adapt to eat nearly any plant, especially if they are hungry. You may find that the deer in your area have not yet developed a taste for some plants; check with your neighbors to see what is resistant (at least for the time being) in your immediate area. To be honest, in my experience, the only truly effective method of deer damge control is to fence in your garden.

Your new location is colder, for one thing, and your soil is bound to be quite different. You might wish to contact your County Extension for help with some basic soil tests and for suggestions for what does particularly well in your area as well as familiarizing you with all of their available publications. Their telephone number is 652-3370.

Good luck with your new garden!

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