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Although traditional fences are probably most effective in keeping wildlife out of your garden, there are other methods that can also work well. Commercial and homemade products utilizing certain odors are also effective. This is a guide about using scent fences for repelling deer and rabbits.
Some people have used wire mesh, laid down on the ground in the garden. It seems in some cases that the deer don't like walking on it, and don't like possibly getting their legs tangled in it.
Repellents can be costly and time consuming to apply and often must be re-applied after rain. Certain repellents depend on specific temperature ranges to be effective and the choice of repellent may change seasonally. The effectiveness of repellents will depend primarily on the current availability of natural food sources, a deer's appetite, stage of development, the weather, and frequency of application. Milorganite, is a deer repellent, as well as an organic lawn and garden fertilizer. Dried blood meal is an agricultural by-product that offers some degree of protection from deer damage. Dried blood meal is also a good organic fertilizer (nitrogen) for plants.
Bars of deodorant soap hung around susceptible plants is usually effective within a range of three to four feet. The bars work best when wet, it is best to leave the wrapper on, to make last as long as possible. Lifebuoy consistently produces the best results. Bars need to be hung 3-4 feet apart around in the garden area. Replace as needed. Human hair, put in small pouches around the garden (like the deodorant soap), 3-4 feet apart may also work. Replace the hair midway through the growing season to prolong their effectiveness.
Mix thoroughly, using an old blender if possible. (Do not use the blender canister for anything intended for human or animal consumption). Then add1-3 gallons of water and mix thoroughly. Spray on plants. Repeat as needed, especially after rain. Don't use moth balls; they may seem to do a good job because of the smell, but they are toxic to humans and animals (as well as pets) alike.
Source: My experiences, research, and books: Outwitting Critters, and Gardening In Deer Country.
By one.of.a.kind from Al
Boy, lots of work, glad I just have rabbits to contend with!
Deer don't like eggs, by using this recipe you will be able to deter deer away from your garden. This guide has recipes for egg deer repellants.
Do you live in the country and have deer eating the plants out of your garden? Sprinkle hair and crush egg shells on your garden. The hair will taste bad to the deer.
Some homeowners and gardeners have had success repelling deer with hanging bags of scented soap. This is a guide about use soap pieces for deer control.
Deers do not like shiny mylar ribbon. By tying it around your garden, you will be able to deter deer from nibbling on your plants. Learn more about using mylar ribbons as deer deterrent in this guide.
It's that time of year again when rabbits and deer are looking for some succulent plants to chew on. We have plenty of them in our neighborhood and their favorite foods are tulips, lilies, and hostas. I discovered the best repellent that actually works!
When putting a cage around a new plant or tree (to keep out deer), overlap the cage and tie it with straps. You can then expand cage as the plant grows without making new cage. Also insert PVC pipe through slots of cage for easy watering direct to the roots.
To keep these pesky critters out of your garden use liquid fence from your garden center.
This is a guide about Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent review. As cute and beautiful as they are deer and rabbits can be the bane of the home gardener. There are lots of options for trying to keep them out of your garden.
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The Green Gardenista recommends sprinkling powdered milk as deer hate the taste of milk once they have been weened. Here's the link to her complete recommendation:
Hope this helps!
It is now august and the deer have not bothered our garden. It seems to be working.
I am having problems with either rabbits or deer eating my Monkey Grass. I have tried a commercial spray that stinks. Does anyone have a "home" remedy?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By cyhuffman from York, SC
It's a matter of training the animals to stay away. We live in a country setting with deer etc. and we use a professional repellent which we buy at a feed and grain store. We buy the concentrate and mix a batch as needed. Follow the directions on how often to spray. Be vigilant with spraying when first starting, and after it rains. Talk with your neighbors on what they use. Also a nursery /garden center can help. Good luck to you. If all else fails try a dog!
I recently read that using pepper spray, cayenne pepper, or any such substance can be detrimental to a rabbit if one should get it in his or her eyes. I need to rid my garden of rabbits as well but don't wish to cause them pain. I guess I'll try the hair, urine, etc.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Mille Woodsi from Alto, N.M.
Sorry to hear about your trees and perennials. If either deer or rabbits are really hungry due to stress from overpopulation or drought, your only defense is a VERY tall fence (at least 8 ft tall for deer) or a fence buried into the ground (at least 6 inches down for rabbits). Because no one method will continue to work forever, an arsenal of inexpensive home remedies is probably your best value. Most gardeners have found home remedies to be at least as effective (if not more effective) than expensive commercial remedies.
As others have noted here, deer detest certain odors. The scent of predators (e.g. human hair, dog hair or fox/coyote urine), and animal proteins (e.g. rotten eggs or bloodmeal) are their two biggest dislikes. There is nothing fancy about animal urine, so if you buy it, buy the most inexpensive product you can find. Some people have also had luck with hanging bars of soap from tree branches or placing soap chips around the base of favored plants. Any strong smelling remedy that repels deer should also work on rabbits. Some gardeners also swear that placing Mason jars 3 feet apart all around their garden repels rabbits. I have no idea why this would work, but anything is worth a try.
All I can say is get a dog ;)
Forget about Bloodmeal! I put a pretty thick layer on last night and this morning saw a rabbit eating off the tops of my petunias:-( I chased him off and sprinkled cayenne pepper in the garden and put down shavings of soap. We'll see if that works.
How do you keep deer out of your garden? Thanks.
By Linda L.
You put up a big ol' fence! Or if that is not an option, replace the plants that they do eat with ones that are a little more resistant to deer. You can Google for a listing of them. If they get hungry enough, they will get by any spray or deterrent that you might use. I live in a place called Deer Park if that gives you any indication of my experience. :)
This may sound rather gross to some people, but my friend says it works well. Have your husband (or any adult male) pee around the perimeter of your yard. Apparently there is something in the male pheromone smell that the deer will avoid.
Does wool keep deer out of a vegetable garden?
By Lynn D
I heard that you could use Dawn on plants outside so deer would not eat them. How much should I use?
I know the recipe for a bug repellent is 1 tsp dawn per spray bottle full of water, but I do not know if this would work on deer. I have heard that Ivory bar soap and Irish Spring bar soap hung in a piece of hose and staked out around the garden or from a tree, keeps them away.You have to mist it every once in a while, if they get dried out.
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I like to use this recipe to help deter deer from eating my plants.
This makes 1 gallon of spray.
Beat 1 egg in 1 cup of water and sieve to get out white strings or clumps. Add to a gallon jug, add
Fill jug partially with water, shake to mix, finish filling gallon jug with water.
I keep this in an extra refrigerator, it can get smelly, but that helps deter the deer and rabbits. Mark your bottle - deer repellent, so no one drinks it. Fill your spray bottle and spray your trees, lilacs, and plants. Don't spray on anything you want to eat, but I do spray my peas and beans before they start to blossom. Spray after every heavy rainfall.
I find after doing it 3-4 times the deer get the hint and quit coming. If you have a problem with deer eating young plants and trees, begin spraying early in the spring, before damage begins. But spray it during the day, so it has a chance to dry on the plant before it would freeze.
By Marcia from New Auburn, WI
Another trick is to put fishing line around the garden/flower beds. It works for deer. But I don't know about rabbits as they don't come near my dogs. (07/31/2007)
An easier thing to do is just hang bars of Ivory soap around garden, I don't know why it works but does. (07/31/2007)