6 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard
Posted by Deerbusters on 12th May 2014
As a deer fence company, we know how frustrating it is trying to keep deer out of your yard – especially when they eat all of the plants you worked hard to grow. While we recommend one of our award-winning deer fences, there are also other ways that you can deter the animals from roaming around on your property. We’ve listed six:
Limit Deer-Friendly Foods
Deer love to eat plants like clover, tulips, hostas, lettuce, sunflowers, and fruit trees, so limit the amount that you plant in your yard or garden. If you do plant these, try to do so close to your home so you can keep an eye on them more easily.
Plant Thorny Foliage
When you plant your trees and shrubs, include foliage that have thorns, spines, or prickles to discourage deer from feeding on them. Use thorn bushes, holly, stinging nettle, thorny roses, and other prickly types of plants, and you’ll see fewer deer in your yard.
Use Deer Repellents
Deer repellents come in a variety of substances such as liquid (mixable or pre-mixed), powder, and clips that can attach right to your plants. These repellents are safe to use and emit an odor that deer can’t stand (usually a mixture of garlic, eggs, pepper, and hot sauce). The odor, however, is non-offensive to humans.
Raise Your Beds
To make it harder for deer to get to your flowers and herbs, plant them in a raised garden bed that is higher than ground level. The higher the bed, the less inclined a deer will be to feed on the plants in it.
Add Scaring Devices
Adding scaring devices such as whistles or ultrasonic sound waves can help scare deer away from your yard. The whistles and sounds are above the frequency of human hearing, so you won’t be bothered by it. Plus, many devices are motion-activated, so as soon as a deer is near one, it will trigger the sound.
Install a Deer Fence
A deer fence, whether it’s made of polypropylene or metal, is the ultimate solution to keeping deer out of your yard. These fences are easy to install and are built to last. They’re tall enough to prevent deer from jumping over them and require little to no maintenance after installation.