If you’re concerned about deer ruining your backyard landscaping, you’re not alone! Many people have an interesting love/hate viewpoint when it comes to these potentially destructive animals. While they are lovely to watch from a distance, the damage that deer can cause to your landscaping is amazing. Here are a few tips to help you keep deer away from your beloved plants, shrubs and trees!
Deer-Proof Your Lawn Today!
1. Install A Deer Fence – Building a fence around your prized trees is one of the best ways to keep deer away from your backyard landscaping. To best protect your trees, you’ll want a deer fence around ten to twelve feet tall with the cross pieces around eight inches apart. Whether the fence is designed with wire or wood, make sure that you’re in compliance with any local ordinances.
2. Get Creative with Bar Soap – Surprisingly, bar soap is also a very good natural deer repellent. You can hang them from trees or bushes either unwrapped or still in the wrapper.
3. Hang Some Human Hair – Deer shy away from the smell of human hair as well. If you get a bag of hair from your local hair salon or barber shop, you can fill up old pantyhose stockings before hanging them around your trees.
4. Use Commercial Repellents – If you decide to use commercial repellents to protect your landscaping, be aware that they work best immediately after their initial application. In addition, you’ll need to reapply the repellent after a few days or a heavy rain.
5. Add Deer-Resistant Plants – For a more natural way to keep deer away from your property, try planting some deer-resistant plants around your yard such as Allium, Artemesia, Clethra, Digitalis, Lavender, Monarda, Regosa roses, Santolina and others. Ask your local garden shop which plants are best for landscaping in your area.
From eco-friendly solutions to store-bought options, there are several good ways to enjoy having deer around your property without allowing them access to your landscaping!
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