I used to buy the deer repellant spray to keep the deer from eating my plants. I hated using it because it smelled sooo horrible. I was in Home Depot, ready to buy more of that awful stuff, when a worker their told me a much more pleasant and cheaper way to keep the deer away---dryer sheets!! All you have to do is cut a dryer sheet into about 3 or 4 pieces and stick it inside the plant. The deer hate the smell, and knock on wood, my plants are all intact. I replace the dryer sheets every couple of weeks.
great idea! you can also plant white sage - which is drought resistant and looks rather nice - you have to keep trimming it, but if you plant enough close together it will be like a small buffer hedge in front of your roses or taller plants. Of course, it won't work in front of very short plants. But the deer hate it and they've been staying away from the white roses which they used to gobble!
I guess folks in CA were too hip to sharks so using crocodiles is the thing now, I don't know why people don't see them for what they are - sharks masquerading as crocodiles masquerading as bank loan managers and also some accountants in certain neighborhoods
HEY! no need to kill things just because they're hungry and you don't like them - do plant things they don't like in front of the things they like and it works! also - dogs barking at them will keep them away, too!
I agree with mega1 on this. As irritating as it was a few weeks ago to see a deer in our garden, its beauty didn't escape me; it was pretty awesome to see it for the few seconds before it saw me at the back door and then ran off. Great suggestions in this thread. I've heard also that a "scarecrow" of tinfoil on a pole will startle them away. I posed that idea to hubby; to which, he posed the shotgun idea like the fool he is (since we live inside town limits). So far we've used neither, and haven't seen the deer again. It would be different if the garden were our only source of food. Then, of course, we'd probably not only shoot the deer, but also use it for food! I hope the U.S. economy doesn't get any worse, else many people will be doing things they may not want to, but are needful.
This hub has a two stepped approach. In the beginning is a great question that will make a great hub, with some great advice that could be included, then that naughty Klara steps in, and we get stage two. I have never seen that menu before, and it is a better read than most.
I hunted deer as a kid, they were too plentiful at the time and were ripping in to the maize.
It's not like that anymore here, people are licensed to farm them, and wild deer are so protected if you insult one you get about ten years in the slammer!
Meeeee?? Silly?!!! LOL I'm REAL. We've got a bunch of freaks here in Florida - from Skunk Ape (Florida's version of Big Foot) to an entire town of psychics. Unlike your case, we protect the deer and hunt down those creepy CHILDREN that keep ripping our maize!
I know it may sound gross, but urine will work as well.
I know a lot of gardeners who will save up their urine and then spread it around the garden to make a protective barrier. Deer hate the smell of humans, so most of the time they'll never even get close. Hey it's free at least
I'm happy to see this thread is back on track. I do know that deer hate the taste of daffodils, so it keeps them at bay, but since they only bloom for a brief period in early spring that's not too helpful in fall and winter. I'd go for any of the previously mentioned humane treatments. I like the dryer sheet solution. I know Bounce dryer sheets work great for keeping spiders away
Sprays to keep away the deer is just so past man! You gotta check out the latest one in the market – a dog decoy that can keep the deer away from eating your plants. Yes, Dog Decoys sells these dog decoys that are actually a dog silhouette on spring; like a real dog. It definitely works. I have one in my garden too!