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.
By POOCHIE (Guest Post) 05/09/2008
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.
By Katastrofy (Guest Post) 06/19/2008
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!
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.
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Right after planting some small evergreen trees, deer were eating them. A friend told me to ask the local hair salon for hair clippings and sprinkle them around the ground where the trees were planted. I guess they disliked the smell because they didn't eat on them anymore. Now they eat the tender stalk of my yuccas when they start growing in the spring. Win a few lose a few. :-)
Deer were eating my tomato plants. I had read somewhere to sprinkle them with baby powder and it would repel the deer. It worked. It is safer than a harsh chemical and washes right off tomatoes when you are ready to use.
P.S. I cut the plants way back after the deer had munched on them leaving hardly any plant. They re-grew and I got a second crop of tomatoes.
By Gladys Hill
Read more ideas below...
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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By RSocash (05/10/2005)
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 ended up buying a scarecrow sprinkler based on their review...
http://www.allrepellents.com/2006/06/scarecrow-sprinkler-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. (07/25/2006)