How to Control Deer in Your Garden

How can you get rid of deer coming to your garden?

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

Sprinkle perimeter of garden with human hair. Sounds crazy but works. s

Stop at local beauty shop and ask for the trash they put hair in. Wear gloves and sprinkle it around perimeter.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

Deer use our yard as a thoroughfare to the river They eat everything in sight. We use Deer off or something similarly named. It was purchased from the hardware store and works like a charm!

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

We fenced off 1/3 acre of grapes by usiing four foot wide farm fencing (looks like chicken wire )and 6 foot high poles, 40 feet apart. The wire fencing is on the bottom and then we have two rows of string above on the rest of the post. The deer think the fence is actually 6 foot high. I looks better than 6 foot fencing and is cheaper. We have to replace the string every now and then. We couldn't get our grapes to grow for almost 6 years until we tried this. For a smaller area, one of the "scarecrow "devices hooked up to your hose that sprays deer when they walk past it works well too.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

Human hair will keep deer our of gardens, etc. Go to a chain salon that cuts alot of hair and ask them if you can pick up a bag of hair each week. They will probably welcome having less bags to take to the dumpster.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Sherrie,

We live back in the woods and have all kinds of deer so we have tried all kinds of things. Finally we put 6 metal stakes around the garden and ran 2 strands of 20 lb fish line around it. One at about 3 feet and one at 1 foot. They will walk up to it and can't see it and when they hit it they take off. We have been doing this for about 5 years and works like a charm. We did leave an opening to go in but have stopped that because they got smart and went in the 2 foot opening. They are really smart. Hope this helps. dameemag from Rothbury, Mi

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

I live in Mississippi and this is what my dad used to do to keep deer out of his garden.

Take several strips of fabric and spray them with perfume and tie the strips around your garden. The deer won't go near it.

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

As a hairstylist, I have lots of customers ask me to save hair when I perform a haircut. The customers use it to place around the perimeter of their garden and tell me that it keeps the deer from eating their corn. I haven't tried it, but I have been collecting hair for customers for years. Hope it works.

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May 30, 20080 found this helpful

I use DeerOff. It works great. You just have to remember to spray your plants after each rain.

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May 30, 20080 found this helpful

I use Deer Away which I purchase at a garden supply store. I buy the big bottle of concentrate mixture about $40. I mix it according to the directions, put it in a spray bottle and away I go! Usually spray before a rain, then once or twice more, then like monthly or so. My veggie garden has a wire fence which I tie cut up old socks. Spray the socks with the Deer Away. A bottle of this stuff takes me the whole season. Don't forget around the flower beds and young trees. This stuff really works!

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May 31, 20080 found this helpful

My Mom uses this trick, which seems to work fairly well. Visit your local barber/beauty shop and ask them to save the hair clippings- drop little handfuls of hair around the perimeter of your garden.

Refresh the hair clippings every 2-3 wks, or after a couple of heavy rain showers. Good luck!

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June 3, 20080 found this helpful

We live in the country and have had deer in our back field where there is plenty of browse to eat. Often they sleep back there. I put a garden behind our horse barn in the sun. My husband put up a scarecrow that looks like a man. We also play an old battery operated radio at night. Not so loud to wake the neighbors but enough that they think we are around. We also have two dogs that I walk there in the evening. So far--so good. I'll keep you posted.

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June 4, 20080 found this helpful

I live in the woods of Minnesota. I use Milorganite. A very inexpensive pelletized fertilizer. Just sprinkle all around where you don't want deer and they will leave them alone! I reapply small amounts after a rain. I have also found that cayote urine works well too. You can find it at most nurseries and even hardware stores. I use the small plastic hangers with the cotton ball in it and this lasts for a solid month even with rain. Good luck

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August 1, 20080 found this helpful

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:

http://www.greengardenista.com/blog ... p-diy-deer-repellant-with-dried-milk

Hope this helps!

Chris

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August 4, 20080 found this helpful

It is now august and the deer have not bothered our garden. It seems to be working.

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August 6, 20080 found this helpful

I have big boulders surrounding our home. I realize I have not had any deer problem while all the other people with gardens in the area do and we live right in the woods and see many deer around so I'm sure the deer are afraid to cross the big rocks but these boulders were there on are land when we built our home.

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Deer are the most difficult of all pests to deter from a garden. They love many different plants. Flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs are all on their menu.

The best way to keep deer out of a garden is by using a fence that is at least 6 feet high. If it's a small garden that may be feasible but for large gardens or yards, the cost is prohibitive, or possibly not practical.

So the only other choice is deterrents.

Deer don't like the smell of raw eggs, fish products, kelp, or ammonia. Any spray made from these products can be used. Just mix the product of choice in water and spray the plants to be protected.

Deer don't like the smell of soap either. Some gardeners have especially found success with Dial and Zest brands.

Blood meal scattered around the garden is another good deterrent.

Since deer don't like capsaicin, the ingredient that makes peppers hot, a spray made from chili peppers deters deers.

Hang fragrant fabric-softener strips, and small nylon bags filled with human hair on trees around the garden.

Some gardeners have found success by laying chicken wire on the ground about six feet wide around the perimeter of the garden. The deer don't like to walk on it because their hooves get stuck in the loops of the wire.

Try planting time-released garlic capsules at the bases of trees or shrubs or in the rows of plants to be protected.

There is a wide variety of plants that deer won't eat. A list of what they like and don't like can be obtained from your local county cooperative extension office.

Copyright: 2005 Marilyn Pokorney - Marilyn Pokorney is freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment. She also loves crafts, gardening, and reading. Website: http://www.apluswriting.net

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How to Control Deer in Your Garden

Deer can easily jump a fence that is 6 or 7 feet high. We did a lot of phoning around before we went into the expense and effort of building our fence for around our HUGE garden and orchard area. We bought 12 foot posts and put them in the ground 4 feet and then cemented the corner posts in for added strength. Then we used a wire fence that had rectangle openings 8" x 6" (cheapest that comes in a 4 foot width) for all around the perimeter of the fence, for the bottom 4' of fence. We then placed a wire, a barbless wire, at every foot above the stucco fence...one at the 5', 6', 7' and 8', all around the garden. Now in the wintertime we can see the desire of the deer to go into our garden area (raspberry bushes are in there) by looking at all of their footprints in the snow along the edge of the fence. I grew carrots, peas, beans, and strawberries for the first time last year. We looked upon the fence as being an investment well worth our time, money and effort. (03/04/2005)

By Valleyrimgirl

How to Control Deer in Your Garden

We found that just throwing egg shells, and even raw eggs in the garden (really a couple of dozen eggs cost about $2.50 at most) in will deter deer very quickly. They even leave sweet corn alone. Just buy a dozen eggs and toss them in. (03/04/2005)

By Margie

How to Control Deer in Your Garden

A mixture of 1 egg (whipped) added to 4 litres (16 cups) of water and then shaken well to mix will work wonderfully as a spray on any plant that you do not want the deer to eat. This is what I spray on the plants near the house. It has to be reapplied after each rain though. The garden is too far away from the house to be checking each night so that is why my previous post talks about the BIG fence that we put up last year.

Margie, with the whole eggs, how long do the deer leave the garden/plants alone? I have an area that is just on the edge of our dog's circle around the house, not in the BIG garden, but FULL of assorted perennials that I spray faithfully all summer. Whole eggs...my dog would lick them up immediately! She already tries to lick the plants that I spray. (03/04/2005)

By Valleyrimgirl

How to Control Deer in Your Garden

Deer do not like the smell of humans so I make my husband take off his smelly t-shirt every night from landscaping all day and put it on a big rock beside my hosta. The deer have not been back since. (07/20/2005)

By Cheryl

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