How to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

You love Bambi in his natural environment, but not destroying your yard! Here’s how to keep deer away.

You love Bambi in his natural environment. You also love admiring the landscaping in your yard that you’ve worked so long and hard on. And while you may be the person who will pull off the road to watch a group of deer frolicking through the forest, the last thing you, or your garden, want is for them to make a pit stop in your yard. Thankfully, you can avoid having your beautiful landscaping destroyed by learning how to keep deer out with these tips.

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If you know deer, you know they don’t like threats. To create noise that’s alarming to them but peaceful to you, try wind chimes. To create security for you and a bit of shock to them, install motion sensing floodlights. And, putting unfamiliar objects, like scarecrows, sundials and other garden ornaments is also likely to scare them off.

To make their journey into your yard more difficult, consider installing a fence, add terraces, or plant large, thick hedges of boxwoods or short-needle spruce trees around the borders of your garden.

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Another way to make your yard less appetizing is to add natural plant deterrents, like large patches of garlic, chives, mint and lavender. Because deer rely heavily on their sense of smell, these undesirable candidates will trick a deer’s nose into thinking they should turn around and search elsewhere. And, be sure not to overstock your garden with deer-loving plants, like English ivy, lettuces, beans, peas, pansies and fruit trees.

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Also, try mixing in fuzzy lamb’s ear, barberries and cleome nearby. The hairy, thorny or prickly textures of the plants you choose will confuse them.

Lastly, you can try using safe rotating repellents. Deer Out Repellent is an all-natural repellent that keeps deer at bay with its minty fresh aroma, so your flowers, shrubs, vegetable plants, row crops, trees and vines can flourish.

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