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How I Saved my Garden - Best Deer Deterrent Ever!

Updated on August 23, 2017

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My backyard has had guests for the past year. These visitors are an extremely friendly and large family of white-tailed deer. Although they're adorable and charming, they're totally lacking in the ability to pick up on social cues. You see, through bold and blatant antics I have attempted to convey to them that they have overextended their welcome, yet still they remain.

Let me tell you the story of how I got my annoying guests to behave.

 

 

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Here's How It All Began - The Baby Picture

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When this little guy was only a day or so old, his mom plunked him down in my backyard and wandered off. Now at first I was alarmed and worried for the baby.. What kind of a mom would do that? After a Google search I learned I was wrong to so quickly judge this mom's intentions; she was, after all being a good mom, a very good mom in fact.

Baby's First Steps - The green stuff is hard to walk on.

I learned that after birth, the doe will go off in search of much needed water and food, leaving her newborn in a safe spot. Since he's unable to flee from danger, he will instinctually go into "freeze mode". The newborn has no scent for predators to detect so as long as the mom is away and he remains still, he is virtually invisible.

The Guests who Just Won't Leave! - The Large Extended Family

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This is when all the trouble started. Mom Doe and her twin babies liked the neighborhood hospitality so much they invited the rest of the family to stay. And by stay, I mean just that. They've made this grassy knoll in my back yard their living room. Here's a photo of the entire Doe Gang, two Mom Does and matching twin sets. They're enjoying one of their favorite pastimes - napping after a vigorous session of tree trimming and petal sucking.

Did You Know?

Another term for Herd of Deer is Mob? Mob aptly describes my crew of daily visitors. They're like a mob of hungry teenagers pillaging and plundering the fridge. A neighbor has contributed to their delinquent behavior: she feeds them regularly. This has turned them into sad doe-eyed beggars at my doorstep.

NEVER, ever feed wild animals. It's not good for them, nor you! Regularly feeding these deer has changed their eating habits, diet and has made them completely unafraid of humans. Bad! Very Bad

Rude Behavior - Once a nice garden. Now overrun with hooligans.

More Rude Behavior - Plants sprayed with smelly potions are yanked out in disgust.

Sneakin' in for Snack Time

Uhhh,,, just smellin' that's all......

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Ways to Get your Yard Guests Packin'

Over the years I've had many deer visitors, and usually I am able to persuade them to move on to other yards. This family, however, just was not picking up on my hints. They seemed to be digging in, their quick easy free meals of deer corn provided by my neighbor was just too tempting. My garden provided the perfect assorted desserts for after dinner.

May I say it again? Don't feed wild animals.

Now was time to come up with a plan of assault. A plan to keep deer out of my garden and stay out.

Let's Start Some Serious Deer Scrammin' - Inexpensive Ways to Keep Deer Out of your Garden

High-Tail your White Tails Outta Here - Plan of Action - Deer Repellents- Home Remedies

I began my assault with low tech and inexpensive common home remedies to keep deer out of gardens. Here's the list of what I tried and how they worked. These may work for your neighborhood deer and I do suggest you try some of them first before investing much money. Using several concoctions seems to be most beneficial; rotate them often to confuse and confound.

  • Irish Spring Smells really nice, but some creature must think so too because many of my bars were stripped down. I later found several far from their original spot. The bars were all clawed and gnawed. Who would do that? Racoons in cahoots with the deer?

    MAYBE - May work if you don't have smart, thieving creatures present.

  • Fabric Softener Sheets I read that if you strategically place these sheets in your garden, pests will avoid due to the smell. Well, my garden smells fresh washed, but the deer didn't seem to mind.

    FAIL

  • Chili Powder I sprinkled this around the plants and even on the leaves of my tomato plants (what little was left after they were ruthlessly plowed down). I think this did work to some degree. My plants are still intact. Not yet sure if this will give me nice spicy tomatoes though.

    WORKS

  • Hot Pepper Plants, Mint, Marigolds Deer don't like to eat smelly plants and mint is one of their least favorites. I read that planting mint around a garden might keep them away. I also planted loads of cute hot pepper plants around my perimeter The peppers are now turning red out and look great. So far this border defense along with the chili pepper seems to be working for this garden.

    WORKS

  • Red Hot Chili Pepper Spray Mix up some frighteningly hot peppers, some soap and glue to make it stick and dilute it with water. Spray this on and the deer may decide it's too spicy for their tastes. This does work, but does not linger on the plant as long as the store-bought sprays.

    Warning! Pay attention to which way the sprayer is pointed before pulling the trigger! Uh-oh.

    **Recipe is found in Homemade Deer Repellent Recipes section below.**

    WORKS to a degree

  • Rotten Egg Spray Eggs contain sulfur and when they decompose, they release a putrid gas called hydrogen sulfide. Just whip up this easy spray and let it marinate in the sun for a while to speed up the gassy smell. Discerning deer guest hopefully will turn up their noses at this.

    You need to apply often! Smells worse than a bad case of morning breath.

    **Recipe is found in Homemade Deer Repellent Recipes section below**

    WORKS

  • Human Hair The theory is if your deer are afraid of humans, just the scent from the hair will keep them away. I think it could be just the frightening sight. ...Ick!.... Hair Mulch! The thought of that makes me gag, and that's the idea: unsavory plants. Sadly, this didn't seem to bother my deer, they still munched out.

    MAY WORK

  • Dried Blood Meal This is a beef by-product and comes in powdered form. The scent of the dried blood meal sends a danger sign to the deer and tells them to scram right away. Adding blood meal to your soil can help improve the soil, but it can also cause damage to your plants because it contains high nitrogen levels so do take care when using this. Also, this may attract carrion-eating birds; before you know it you'll have flocks of cantankerous crows hanging out in your yard. Finally, many expert gardeners say this is not an effective deer repellent.

    Yes, I can validate the crow statement. I will never use this again.

    FAIL

Deer Repellent Sprays & Gadgets

  • Deer Off, Liquid Fence This is a spray made of all the most vile smelling items imaginable. Seems deer are very picky with their noses. These both do seem to frustrate my deer. They have tasted the treated plants, but then usually leave the rest alone In order to ward the mob off I end up bathing them in the smelly solution, which covers the plants in unsightly blotches of white when dried. It's good to rotate these sprays to keep them guessing. Spray every few weeks and after a rain. Stinks!

    WORKS

  • Sweeney's 5600-6 Deer Repellent, 6 Bait Stations These bait stations are called all season weatherproof deer repellents. They have a "patented design triggers the flight response in deer. -odorless to humans" Funny thing about these stations - Every night something would take the little bait disk off the metal stake and leave it a few feet away. Lately I looked and them and not only are the bait stations missing, but the metal stakes are bent. Don't notice them working.

    FAIL

  • Solar NG-001 Predator Control Light by Nite GuardThis is a really simple device.It flashes a red light strobe that frightens the animals. It's waterproof and solar powered. I hung this near my tomato plants and along with the chili powder I have not had any nibbles. (Others have commented that many people have mistaken their strobe light for an advanced security system so it could also serve as an inexpensive theft deterrent.)

    WORKS

  • Scarecrow Water Spraying Animal Repeller by Contech Finally! Something that works reliably. This motion sensor water sprinkler works great night and day. It can be tuned to squirt a narrow area or 360 degrees. It's fun to watch, too! Do be careful though. You most definitely will get hit with a jet of water when you're first setting it up.

    Hooray!!

    WORKS WONDERS!

Why I like it:

  • No need for smelly sprays
  • Fun to watch
  • Doesn't harm the animal
  • Uses little water. Shoots a pulse of water for 3 seconds, repeats after 8 seconds if target is still in area.
  • Can be connected to other ScareCrows to cover more area
  • Can detect an animal as much as 30ft away
  • Can be used to ward off cats, dogs, bunnies, kangaroos, and even door-to-door salesmen
  • 2 year limited warranty

With this connector you can easily use another hose for watering your garden without disconnecting your ScareCrow.

Helpful ScareCrow Tips

  • The scarecrow can be set to detect large or small animals, and different distances. It takes a few tries to successfully adjust the sensor eye, and be prepared to get sprayed while trying.
  • Set your scarecrow in position. Before turning water on, walk across area you plan to protect. If you can hear the trigger click, you have successfully aligned your scarecrow.
  • If the water in your area is hard, you may find a mineral residue forming on your scarecrow. Hard water deposits on mine developed a thin crust of white on the entire unit. You can easily clean this off the sensor eye to ensure correct performance.
  • You may want to anchor your scarecrow with a stake. The mechanism violently shakes when spraying, causing it to shift position if not secured properly.
  • The unit comes with an attachable scarecrow decal. I chose not to use mine because I liked the look of it better plain, (Also, the directions mention that the decal can frighten small birds.)
  • The scarecrow is on a plastic stake - I found it best to make a pilot hole with a metal stake, then drive the plastic stake into the hole to keep the plastic intact.
  • After time, the scarecrow can leak. Always check your unit for leaks. If it is leaking, often a quick tightening of the hoses or cleaning can stop it.
  • Use a good quality hose and check for leaks before hooking it up to the ScareCrow.
  • Windy conditions can result in a false activation. Your battery can run down quicker with constant false activations, so do check battery often. You can do this easily by turning water off and walking by the activation path. You should hear the clicking of the device if the battery is still operational. My battery lasts about 2 months.

Another Great Deer Deterrent Gadget - Nite Guard Predator Control Light

Nite Guard Predator Control Light
Nite Guard Predator Control Light

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Predator Control Light by Nite Guard

This really does seem to work! It's so easy, too. It's solar powered, so I never have to mess with it. It emits a red laser-like flash which scares away deer and also racoons. Recommend you move this to different locations from time to time just to add to the confusion.

Added bonus: It can be an inexpensive home security device. I've read that it even scares pizza delivery and UPS guys because they assume it's a Mission-Impossible-type high tech laser security beam trap!

Buh-Bye Deer

High-Tail your White Tails Outta Here! - Best Defenses Against the Mob

Below are all the products I have used and found helpful. There are many remedies out there, and I've tried most of them. I've only listed the few I found truly efficient.

Nite Guard Solar NG-001 Predator Control Light, Single Pack
Nite Guard Solar NG-001 Predator Control Light, Single Pack

This does seem to be working. My tomato plants have not had a nibble since I hung it nearby. Really simple and efficient.

 
Havahart Deer Off II DO32RTU Deer, Rabbit, and Squirrel Repellent, 32 Ounce Ready-to-Use Spray
Havahart Deer Off II DO32RTU Deer, Rabbit, and Squirrel Repellent, 32 Ounce Ready-to-Use Spray

I use this along with Liquid Fence. I rotate the two every month. Doesn't always work, but does seem to frustrate them.

 

Update! Oct 10, 2012 - How to Fix a Leaking ScareCrow

ScareCrow parts
ScareCrow parts

After 3 months of continuous use I noticed the ScareCrow was leaking at the sprinkler head. Since the water pressure is always on, this was not a good development. I checked in the ScareCrow user's manual and it mentions to disassemble the unit and back wash the sensor head to remove any debris if the sprinkler head leaks. Above is a photo of the unit disassembled and the sensor head unit. Because our water is exceptionally hard, mineral deposits had collected on the filter screen. (Notice the white build-up on the outside of the unit? That's due to the hard water). A quick wash with a hose cleaned it out. After reassembling the unit the leak was gone. Yeah! It still works!

Deer Repellent Recipes - Homemade How Tos

Stop deer from eating your garden with these simple home remedies recommended by the experts. Some of them may work for you, some may not. You'll have to try them out to see what your neighborhood deer think.

  • Irish Spring Soap Hang unwrapped bars of this strongly scented soap in plastic mesh bags produce is sold in. Some deer are offended by the robust perfume, some see it as a refreshing change.
  • Human Hair Next time you are at the salon bring a plastic bag with you and request hair samples. They will be happy to oblige. Sprinkle the hair around the plants you wish to protect. If just the thought of that makes you gag, try putting hair in cheesecloth bundles and hanging.
  • Chili & Cayenne Pepper Sprinkle these pungent spices around your plant perimeter. The strong odor should/could convince them not to sample the merchandise.
  • Red Hot Chili Pepper Spray Recipe This recipe courtesy of North Dakota State University horticulturist Ron Smith -and he knows what he's talking about.

    ( My tips -handle peppers very carefully - dangerous oils inside. Start blender at low speed first, do not let juices splash on you.)

    In a blender mix peppers in enough water to liquify. Strain liquid by pouring through coffee filter or cheesecloth into a jar with lid. (Don't skip this step or your ingredients will clog up in your sprayer) Add olive oil (or vegetable oil), Elmer's Glue, dish washing detergent.(helps the spray stick to your plants).

    Add this 1:10 concentrated spray to a spray bottle and add water - one part concentration to 10 parts water.

    -4 habanera pepper

    -about 1/4 cup water

    -2 tbs olive oil

    -2 squirts Elmer's Glue

    -2 squirts dish detergent

  • Rotten Egg Spray Recipe In a blender mix eggs and garlic. Add water and blend. Remove to a container with a lid and let sit outside for several days in the sun. Strain mixture with cheesecloth or coffee filter into a spray bottle and enjoy. (Don't skip the straining part or your mixture will clog in the sprayer)

    6 -8 eggs

    6 gloves garlic (add more if you like)

    5 cups water

    2 squirts Elmer's Glue

    2 squirts dish detergent (to help it stick on plants)

Wow, did you really make it all the way down to the very bottom of this lens? Thank you so much for stopping by and nice to meet you.

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      20 months ago

      I read through most of your article and would've liked to see prices for the methods you found successful. It was quite thorough otherwise and an easy read! I'm thinking of moving into a more deer infested area and I'm worried I won't be able to keep a beautiful garden!

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      Kathleen 3 years ago

      One problem I can think of though is how do I or others avoid being sprayed too when walking in the area being protected?

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      justramblin 3 years ago

      @ecogranny: Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes, I did, and your question makes me chuckle, so thanks for the laugh. I don't currently have a garden, but several of my family and friends do and some of them have endless problems with deer. I know they've tried practically everything, but I'm not sure they've seen the motion-activated water gizmo, so I'm passing this along. Well done, btw. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and the photographs.

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      justramblin 3 years ago

      @ChocolateLily: ChocolateLily, the Scarecrow works well for bunnies, too. You can adjust the range for smaller animals. Good luck with your garden!

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      dnwaokocha 3 years ago

      Very informative and written in a down to earth way that is easy to follow.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      These tips are great! We've had at least one deer in our yard and a bunch of bunnies. They are all cute until they start eating our plants. We also have a ton of toads, but they don't cause trouble and are so cute!

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      justramblin 3 years ago

      @Christine Dever: yes, you can use it for a small garden and for small critters. The motion detector can be adjusted for small animals so it should keep those pesky bunnies at bay. Good luck with your garden.

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      Christine Dever 3 years ago

      Great lens! Really entertaining to read as well as encouraging. I have a rabbit, or perhaps a groundhog, that has helped itself to my broccoli and cabbage - and then came back for seconds when the cabbage finally started to re-grow! I tried cayenne pepper and that seemed to work a bit, but with all the rain we've had I've run out of cayenne pepper! I bought a scarecrow sprinkler when we lived in the country but never had a chance to try it out before we had to move back to the city (husband's health problems). I thought it would be overkill for my small garden, here, since we don't get deer, but after reading this, I think I will dig it out and set it up to see if I can get that rabbit, who seems to be getting more bold (and closer to the house) every night, to back off! Thanks for the tips and encouragement!

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      justramblin 3 years ago

      @paulahite: Dear Paula, thank you for sharing this on the Green Thumb Facebook page. I really appreciate it. I couldn't respond to you until now because I had a bug with my comments link. Thanks!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fun and interesting lens. Loved your photos!

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      justramblin 3 years ago

      @DieselJoe: I hope it works for you. Remember to move the light from time to time to keep the deer guessing. Good Luck!

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      DieselJoe 3 years ago

      My neighborhood deer will stare down my backyard dog, and they frequent my front yard to munch on the azaleas. I noticed one of my neighbors had the blinking light Nightguard, so you inspired me to try that. Shoo deer!

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      Wow, you are so lucky to have the deer on your backyard (minus the nuisance). I might even say that I am jealous of you. You handled them well.

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      How Original! Deer looks so innocent, I didn't know they are mischievous also.

      I did enjoyed the pictures watching these innocent as well mischievous animals.

      Blessings

      GEM

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Great lens! Unfortunately you've had to become an expert at this, I see.

      I shared your lens to day on our Facebook page.

      www.facebook.com/GreenThumbOnSquidoo

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      Mohan Babu 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      I envy you for having such adorable pests. But I know they could possibly destroy the greenery quickly. Very informative for someone who could be sailing in the samde boat as you do.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh no! Deer seem to be frightened of anything new, so smelly sprays will work for a while, but determined munchers will return once the smell is familiar. That's why you need to switch off frequently. I don't like to recommend mothballs due to their toxicity, but if you are extra careful they could help your situation. (Closed container with holes drilled such as margarine container or coffee can with lid so small animals/kids cannot reach). There are many lovely flowers deer dislike - helps keep the frustration level down.

      Hope you have some luck keeping them away.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Well I can really relate to this lens. It gave me a good laugh. Thanks for sharing.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh that's too bad! They are incorrigible! Sorry to hear about your lovely landscape. The NightGuard may work for these sneaky deer, but I'd also use DeerOff or a homemade rotten egg spray along with the laser light.

      I recommend hanging the light in a different spot every few days, too. You need to keep them guessing! Good luck. I know your yard must be beautiful.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @ElsieNew: thanks very much for this tip. My neighbor's huge dog visited my yard several time but that didn't seem to help my situation. Perhaps the coyote urine will do the trick. thanks.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh no! Isn't it crazy how they love those Knockout roses, thorns and all? I'm sorry to hear about this wide-spread destruction while you were awa, especially your lovely blueberries. They sure enjoyed a delicious meal in your backyard. Hope you can keep them at bay next time. Good luck.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, I was able to defend my garden without the ScareCrow for one whole summer, but it just took more work. I found that alternating the pepper spray with Deer Off or a rotten egg-style spray worked well. If you don't alternate, it seems they grow accustom to the taste and smell and eventually start nibbling. If you keep them guessing they seem to stay away longer. Good luck with your tomato plants.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @MamaWise LM: Hi MamaWise - yes it works well for rabbits. There is a control to switch on the ScareCrow for small or large animals so those cute little bunnies will have to find another veggie patch to munch on. Good luck defending your garden.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @amosvee: Yes, they certainly are cute, but with huge appetites.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Help! In the past two weeks, my deer population has seen fit to redesign expensive landscaping along the front of the house. I mean, open the front door and there they sit as if we are disturbing their turn at the breakfast bar. What works best when backing up to undisturbed woodlands? Don't want to spray the neighbors so does the NightGuard work effectively?

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      ElsieNew 4 years ago

      Hi. My garden spot is in an area where the deer cross over almost daily. I got DEER OUT which is dried coyote urine and sprinkled it around the periphery of the garden and I have never had trouble with deer or raccoons eating any of my corn or other vegies. Can obtain on Internet. I love deer, BUT...

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      wuilyl lm 4 years ago

      great lens!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      This is a really great lens. I'll be passing it along to my stepson who has deer problems. He used the spray deer repellent...much too late. The scarecrow sounds like the perfect remedy! Sorry it took a lot of trying on your part. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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      raspberries 4 years ago

      thanks for the tips!

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      Wow.

      I don't have the deer problem in my area. You certainly made a fantastic lens I enjoyed reading anyway.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @GardenerDon: A nice problem to have! I came home from the beach and the white tail deer in north central WV had eaten my blueberries (4 huge bushes inside a fenced cage!), ate my Hydrangea bush to a nub, ate every leaf on a newly planted Knockout Rose Bush ($40), not to mention the Cyclamen in the planter in the front yard. deer=7 human=0

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info! Question, was there a particular combination you used that faired better than others? I was thinking of using the habanero spray for my tomato plants as the deer have become quite infatuated with them and choose not to bother others. Wanted to really keep my vegetable garden organic. Because my square garden is against a wall, I think a scarecrow would protect the three sides, but is a little pricey. Perhaps because it works! :-)

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      MamaWise LM 4 years ago

      Awesome! I've tried nearly everything to stop the deer and rabbits from ruining my garden. I am so happy to learn about the Scarecrow sprinkler! Just wish I knew about this 4 weeks ago! Thanks for the great lens!

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      amosvee 4 years ago

      Great lens, wonderful pictures. Yes, your neighbor is bad, but I almost can't blame her. They are awfully cute. I like your gentle approach.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @jknake lm: I like using the homemade sprays too since the store bought ones are so expensive. They do seem to work. I've noticed it's best to use a variety to keep the deer guessing.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @Greathaul2013: Yes, they are such majestic animals and lovely to watch.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @Northerntrials: It's great to hear it works on your pesky cat visitors.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @suepogson: Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comments.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @hazeltos: Thanks very much.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @jlshernandez: That's great that they have left your garden alone. Hope they continue to stay away. Thanks for visiting.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: Wow, that does sound like a problem. I haven't had to use the Scarecrow for armadillos, but it does work for small animals such as cats and bunnies so should keep armadillos at bay as well. Good luck with your garden.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Oh, how nice they are! =) An interesting way of solving the problem out! =)

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Great tips!

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      A great read, but not too many deer (actually none!) in our town. A nice problem to have I'd say!

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      jknake lm 4 years ago

      Yes, I did. And I think I did it twice because I forgot what your natural remedies were. I like the spray, that must be a real side show. Great lens. I'm learning how to make mine better.

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      readty7 4 years ago

      This is very useful and will help people . Your pictures are so nice. I love animals.

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      readty7 4 years ago

      This is very useful and will help people . Your pictures are so nice. I love animals.

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      Awesome lens...love the pics. I'd personally sacrifice my garden for the chance to watch the deer all the time, but I might be a weirdo.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I like these sprinklers. Though I don't have deer I do have feral cats that decide to have yard fights. Its funny the how yowling changes pitch when the water hits them... Yes it works on cats as well as deer.

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      GameHelp 4 years ago

      They're so adorable but they cause so much trouble. Thanks for the lens.

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great lens.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Excellent lens and I can pinch some of your ideas for my own garden pests - especially the scarecrow sprinkler. . Shame the deer are so destructive though, as they are SO beautiful! Good point about not feeding wild animals - especially when there's plenty of forage available. thanks for all this information - and for a fun read.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks for the terrific tips. Your pictures are amazing.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lovely story and how you finally disciplined your deer visitors. We used to have deer visiting our driveway and munching on the shrubs. I have not seen any lately. But I will keep in mind the products you used. Thanks for sharing.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh Yes! It works perfectly for vegetable gardens. The motion detector does sense motion in a wide angle and can be adjusted to a narrow section as well. I would suggest you first place the scarecrow at a distance of about 15 to 20 feet away from your square garden and directed towards the garden to protect the entire area. If you don't like the way that works, you can place it facing out of your garden - toward the most used path of the deer. This will protect most likely 2 or 3 sides of your square garden, depending on how large your garden is. You might want to move it to the other side after a week just to keep the deer guessing. Hope this answer helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am wondering if the scarecrow moves around? Or would it only detect movement on one side of a square garden? And should it work for a vegetable garden as well as a flower garden? Thanks!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      The deer in my neighborhood are so tame they will just lay down in the middle of the street or on the lawn and take a snooze during the day. My problem with my plant is Armadillos, they nibble and pull plants from the roots. I can't imagine what would prevent them from entering my yard.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @LadyDuck: Oh NO! Wild Boars? That's not good. Hope you don't see them too often.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Nice story and great tips, no deers in our region, but wild boars, they are even worse for the garden.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @Klaartje Loose: No you don't have to worry about that, do you? I'll be over for one of those lattes.

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      Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

      Great story and tips.

      I don't have to fear deer on my tiny balcony ;-)

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I've had much luck with the Liquid Fence products, especially for bunnies. Like the scarecrow sprinkler idea!

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Wonderful article and well deserved LOTD & purple star too. Beautiful pictures. I empathise with the long search for a deterrant. My whole family has helped my mother with similar issues regarding her rude possum family that resides in and destroys her small orchard. :( Such a relief, to find a remedy that works!

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Wonderful. Your pictures of the deer are amazing! I grew up around lots and lots of deer. Deer who were completely undeterred by our seven dogs, bucks dropping the occasional antler on the lawn like a gauntlet. So cute as babies, so regal as adults, and such voracious garden predators. Somehow, the whole time, I never learned that a herd of deer is also called a mob. I love that. It's so very appropriate.

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      Gardenerman 4 years ago

      Although I've never had a deer problem I really appreciated reading your lens. You did a lot of research and in the end were successful in having your deer guests leave! Good job.

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      Close2Art LM 4 years ago

      chili powder should certainly work, great tips

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for your gardening advice and tips. I think it will really help me.

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      Thanks, I needed this. Last year I had a problem, and before I could remedy it, my tomato plants were decimated. I eventually used some Irish Spring and it helped, but I will be using some of your methods this year, since I have expanded my garden.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Very cute deer, but I can imagine your frustration. I, too, used to have a nice garden. Now I have many colourful birds, but they seem to be skinning their sunflower seed hearts (they won't eat them with the shells on, and I thought sunflower seed hearts with no shells would be clean and tidy - how wrong can you get! ) and spitting out the skins on the floor! It looks horrid, but I just love to feed the birds! I can imagine how frustrating a whole herd of deer must have left you feeling. Useful lens, and a good read to boot. A winner for me!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @Sunnyd123: Hi Paula. They're cute, that's for sure, but they are a nuisance when they get used to humans feeding them. thanks for coming by.

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      Sunnyd123 4 years ago

      Wow I really loved this lens, I did not realize Bambi could be such a pain hahaha,We don't see this in the UK so thank you for sharing,They are so cute but i can understand how they could out stay their welcome.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @OldCowboy: Yes, having a nice big dog would certainly help my situation. Appreciate your visit, ol Cowboy.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @KathyFirak: Thanks for coming over for a visit Kathy. Count yourself lucky for no deer drama.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @JLovasz: ah, an electric fence. Sounds good. Thanks for stopping by Jim.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @maryseena: You are so right. I wish people would know they aren't helping wildlife. thanks for your comments.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I would like to underline your caution- NEVER EVER FEED WILDLIFE. If you want to attract certain kinds of wildlife to your garden, for example, birds and butterflies, have plants which are attractive to them and let then feed themselves. Providing store bought feeds to wildlife tampers with the delicate ecological balance in nature. By the way, I love wildlife in my garden and one of my lenses (I have only two!) is dedicated to them. Attract them or repulse them, but naturally. Thumbs up to your lens!

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      beachmusic 4 years ago

      Fortunately we don't have the deer problem here at the beach, then again.... not having a garden may why we don't have this problem. I know people that do and I think they have tried some of these solutions you have shown.

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      Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I do not currently have a need for this myself but if i ever do i know where to start. Thank you

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      Very helpful lens! Thanks for sharing how to make sure our gardens stay beautiful!

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      hamshi5433 4 years ago

      Fully enjoyed reading this! lool it's hilarious and cute!!

      loving all the deer pictures you've posted here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really informative lens. Even thought the deer can ruin your garden, they are very pretty intruders!

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      debra-cornelius 4 years ago

      Great lens, loved the pictures and the tips! I Pinned it so I can refer back to it if needed!!!!

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      smoothielover lm 4 years ago

      I know they mess up you garden - but they are sooo lovely - but nice to know there are some friendlier ways to send them packing when you get unwanted gatecrashers!

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      Carol Fisher 4 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      While I sympathise with your problem, you made me laugh particularly with the reminder to make sure the spray nozzle is pointing in the right direction.

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      This lens is cute, funny, and helpful. I love to garden, but have never had problems with deer.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Wow really great lens! We used to have so many deer on our property, it was hard to keep a garden going.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens. Before condo living we lived in the country on about an acre. I had the same problem with the deer. I like the idea of the motion detector spray.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I must say, nice way of presenting a lens. Great work !

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      OldCowboy 4 years ago

      That is some kind of story. Loved how you told a story of the deer family. So the first thing that comes to mind, you must not have outdoor dogs? We have 3 dogs that roam and we allow them access to our garden. I must say they do a pretty good job at keep the deer, rabbits and other critters away from the garden treats. When I was a young cowboy, my grand dad would use the habenero peppers and do like you say, but I only remember the oil for it to stay where he sprayed it. Thanks for the fun story and for the great way to keep the deer mobs away from the salad greens.

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      KathyFirak 4 years ago

      Great information. I don't have deer problems, just mostly rabbits.

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      JLovasz 4 years ago

      Interesting solution. I have been successful thus far with homemade spray and a few posts with bait and electrodes wired to a battery powered capacitor. I may have got an unsuspecting deer with one as it was knocked down. I read an account of a user that caught a deer getting shocked by one on camera and saw it do a back flip!

      Everyone else in the backwoods on the river where I live have 10 ft fences around their vegetable gardens. Which has prompted passers-by to ask what keeps the doe eyed buggers out of my garden. Thanks, if my system ever fails the water sounds like a good option.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @SlfMstr: Thanks so much. Your opinion means a lot so I"m glad you approve.

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      SlfMstr 4 years ago

      WOW, Lisa. This lens ROCKS! This is the best, most helpful, with the best pictures, Deer Lens ever! You have helped a lot of people.

      Here I thought Bambi was so innocent and cute, but this Lens changed my mind:) Super job, "Leese!"

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @FunMoneyBusiness: I can only imagine the damage those big feet will cause. Would love to see a photo of that!

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      Sharyn Read 4 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      Fascinating story! Glad you found a solution! My sister-in-law lives on acreage, hours and hours from the nearest town, in Australia. She has a family of 5 kangaroos, mum, dad, two 2 year olds and 1 year old that are currently munching their way through her property each dawn and dust. Super cute! (She has no garden to damage.)

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      EMangl 4 years ago

      wish i had a garden with such cute guests :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just stopped by again for the fun of it, I love this informative lens. :)

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      LivRiley LM 5 years ago

      Brilliant of you to find a safe "pesticide/chemical free" way to deter the deer.