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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Deer might be fun to look at, but they are expensive to feed when they kill your harvest before it arrives. Keep deer out of your garden with these simple ideas and tips.

1. Dog Hair and Human hair

This is a time-tested tip for us because we've noticed a significant increase in overall animal traffic since our sweet Daisy girl passed a few years ago. Just the fact that she was out roaming the yard kept so many animals away. We would also brush her coat and put her hair in the compost and all about the garden. It worked quite well. If you cut your own hair, put the clippings out there the same way. I've heard of people asking their hairdresser for hair clippings too.

2. Plant stinky plants

Your garden may smell delicious to deer, but the scent of lavender, mint, chives, and marigolds in the air can conceal that aroma.

3. Make your yard seem alive

Shuffle your lawn ornaments around now and then. Deer are suspicious of anything unknown or different. New noises, odors, even objects usually have them leaping back into their haven in the woods. edge so, keep changing it up.

4. Fart fence!

Try a stinky spelling deer repellent spray. There are many on the market, but we like Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent (Not sponsored.) It smells like a giant, you guessed it, FART! Like the nastiest fart you've ever smelled in your life! It works great, but like a lot of things, after the rain falls, you'll need to reapply.

5. Invisible fence with "alarm"

Pick up a roll of the inexpensive fishing line. Place stakes around your garden and create an invisible perimeter with the fishing line to make a fence. Use a couple of different heights so that your smaller pets can clear the area without getting snagged. The deer will rub up against the fence, and they won't understand what is stopping them. The deer will be frightened and bolt off elsewhere for a midnight snack. Level up: by adding tin cans or noisemakers that sound off when the deer touches the line.

6. Real Fence

If your feeble efforts end in defeat and all your tomatoes are getting eaten, you need a real fence. We use deer fencing and metal stakes. It's ugly and there are more astatically pleasing options, but it's effective. A good deer fence needs to be at least six to 10 feet tall. There are many nets and barriers for trees and shrubs. Find one that works for you and your budget.

No one wants to spend endless hours working in a garden and anticipating a beautiful harvest when the deer will come in an destroy it. Protect your efforts by putting systems in place before your plants start to sprout.

Thanks for reading!

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