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How-To: Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

Growing up in the country, deer and other creatures were daily visitors to my garden, nibbling and trampling upon everything in sight, and they often caused car accidents in the area. Needless to say, they're not my favorite forest creature. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to wait for deer season to keep them away from your casa; there are plenty of ways to keep them out of your garden without increasing your daily venison intake. Here are a few:

  • Install an extremely high fence. Deer can jump quite high, so it must be about eight feet tall to keep them out. Consider invisible deer fence, which isn't such an eyesore. And remember to fence off your driveway entrance or install cattle guards, which they can't cross.
  • Get a dog to scare the deer away.

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  • Spray deer repellents about 30" off the ground around your garden. Try Not Tonight Deer, Liquid Fence, Deer Away, Deer Out, Deer Off, Hinder, or a homemade repellent. You'll have to reapply according to the instructions.
  • Soak a clothesline in repellent and hang it at a low height around your garden.
  • Soak the area in animal urine. Don't worry: You can buy it, rather than gather yourself!
  • Pick up hair clippings from your hairdresser and fill a nylon stocking with it. Place a few around your planting beds.
  • Hang bars of strong-smelling soap from the trees and bushes, or grate soap bars and scatter the soap around your garden.
  • Install a baited, electric fence like Wireless Deer Fence.
  • Install a motion activated sprinkler like Scarecrow Sprinkler.


Join The Conversation
Atlantafence Atlantafence 8 years
There are a bunch of plants that will do the trick. Here is a list of some plants that help keep deer out of your garden.
MandyPinecone MandyPinecone 8 years
I was just talking to a friend about this yesterday morning. lol we don't have a problem with deer it rabbits that eat everything.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
I've tried it all and have never been able to find something that really works. The deer are quite certain that I plant tulips just for them, so they can get their candy fix.
buttercup118 buttercup118 8 years sells Wolf Urine. No seriously, wolf urine.
ahles ahles 8 years
A 4' plastic fence a couple feet back from the garden boxes has been more than sufficient to keep them from grazing on the vegetables.
mayara mayara 8 years
We usually see fewer, but we've seen as many as 7 at one time in our back yard. We even recognize some of them and have named a couple. In general, they seem to have an above average (for deer) understanding of the dangers of the road and moving vehicles, which is good for them and for cars. We welcome them in our yard, but things that can help keep them from eating our garden are certainly welcome.
kia kia 8 years
I have a high fence around most of the garden. I planted a bit outside the fence. My husband and I do have to chase them away for the few plants they go after. I don't want them out of the yard though. Our property is one of the less developed ones in the neighborhood and we are some the little shrinking habitat corridor they have left here back toward the mountain.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
to keep deer out of our garden, we strung up a wire fence and hung bars of white soap at the corners. you are supposed to keep the soap in its wrapper so it will last longer. we never had a problem with deer again.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I live in the suburbs, and we always see deer roaming around. We actually welcome them hehe. And for some odd reason, I haven't heard of an accident involving a deer in years, yet we have whole families crossing the main roads in my development.
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