How do I keep deer from eating my tulips once they have bloomed?
Cher from Provo, UT
Tulips are a favorite treat of deer (along with hostas and roses). Although nothing exists that will keep deer away from your tulips 100% of the time (short of a 10 ft high electric fence), here are a few ideas that other gardeners have used successfully.
Remember that no one approach will work for long, especially if deer populations are high and food scarce.
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Deer are a big problem where I live. Nobody in my neighborhood even tries to grow tulips! I've found a product called Liquid Fence to be fairly effective on other deer favorites like hostas. It's available from garden stores as well as online.
I also have a terrible deer predation problem. Today I mixed dish soap and water and literally sprayed every plant. I will wait and see. I also heard that old soap chips in an onion sack has some good results.
Cayene pepper and Tabasco may work, BUT...did you know that they get in the animals eyes and burn badly? Animals have been known to scratch their eyes right out to stop the burning. Try windsocks and those twirly things that hang from trees. It frightens the deer away without harming them. Got info. from HGTV.
If you are in a more rural setting, try laying a cattle or hog panel down on either side of your plantings. Deer, goats, etc, do not like to walk on the panel. You could also use chicken wire or any other kind of netting but you would want to use something easily lifted to mow under or to cultivate under depending on what else is planted nearby. Good luck!
Dog pee. Smells like coyote pee.
Sprinkle crushed egg shells over and around your plants and flowers - it works for deer and rabbits too! Same principal as the egg solution deer spray - but it is something you already have at home. I also hang net stockings of egg shells in my fruit trees - I think it is working too - but replace 1-2 a year - I think the scent wears off.
You must live down down south. I live in Canada and if I were to cut my tomatoes down, I would NEVER get a second batch of tomatoes off the same plant later on in the season.
Try 1 beaten egg in 4 litres of water (16 cups). Spray on your plants. The deer do not like the protein of the egg. Cheap and easy and really works. Reapply after a heavy dew or rain. Baby powder would be so expensive to continually apply, hair clippings you have to make the effort to go and get (gas and time). Eggs are in your fridge already and the solution goes a LONG ways. One "batch" costs 10 - 15 cents depending on if you can get eggs on sale or not. Try it! (11/15/2004)
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The best way I have found to keep deer from eating things in my yard is to spray any plants they are eating with a mixture of Tabassco and water. It works and does not need to be reapplied after each rain. However I spray the plants every few weeks if it has rained a lot. (03/16/2005)
To get rid of deer and other creatures eating in your vegetable garden, go to the Barber and ask him to save the human hair. Deer especially, will not come near your garden after human hair has been detected.
By RSocash (05/10/2005)
I found a solution at the local hardware store. I bought an organic repellent that could probably could be made at home. It was inexpensive and contained mint, garlic, and egg. It works on squirrels too. I spray it around the perimeter of the garden last thing at night. (not on the plants themselves). It is smelly until it dries but when I come back the next day I can barely smell it and everything is untouched. So far, so good. Since I live in one of the few wooded areas left in central New Jersey, my property is like an animal sanctuary! I have tons of animals that visit. But so far, NOTHING has been at the garden since I started using this organic repellent! (05/24/2005)
If you're having trouble with deer eating up the bushes, shrubs, trees or gardens. Plant Yarrow. This plant will keep the deer from enjoying the scenery in your yard & property.
By Terri (08/22/2005)
We just moved to Pooler, GA. & after about 3 weeks the deer moved in and ate all the tops of our pretty pansies & even pulled plants out of the earth.
Is it true that Ivory Soap or Irish Spring can be used as a detergent? How is it applied?
Does the hair work to keep them away?I need to know now. Any suggestions for alternative plants which deer don't like? (12/15/2005)
By Marcie Alba
I tried a special mixture of scotch bonnet hot pepper sauce and organic detergent - and it work great.... for a while. I live in Montana where I believe the deer are used to eating things they are supposedly not fond of. They hang around the middle of town feasting on the resident gardens. Now the pepper sauce does nothing for them... Just as I thought it was safe and my tomatoes were growing strong they completed destroyed them. (07/13/2006)
They were eating all my tomatoes. I found some ways to deter deer at a site called Repellent Review...
I ended up buying a scarecrow sprinkler based on their review...
I also apply a homemade deer repellent I found at that site. I've used deer out, but making my own is cheaper. They suggested combing the 2 repellent techniques. Well... Its worked great since. No deer problems.