Yesterday, March 12th, was National Plant a Flower Day; and while this was the kick-off to spring gardening, it taught us more about deer management.
The flowers of the month are marigolds and daffodils - more than just vibrant spring flowers. They are deer-resistant plants that should be grown around gardens to keep deer at a distance. Deer will not eat these types of flowers, as they do not like the smell or taste.
Spring officially begins next week on March 20th; and now is the time to develop a deer management plan including:
- The use of a deer fence around flowerbeds;
- Plant deer-resistant plants such as iris, verbena, daffodils, marigolds and herbs;
- Applying tick sprays to lawns to rid deer ticks.
Planting flowers isn't a chore for a gardener; and neither should keeping away deer from gardens. Apply these deer management techniques now to ensure a successful gardening season.