Many people struggle to keep deer out of garden areas, particularly during the winter months. Of course it is nice to have wildlife around you, but as many people have already discovered, if a deer gets into your garden they can virtually destroy it in no time at all. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your lawn, flowers and shrubs don’t become a free deer buffet.
1. Plant Wisely
During the winter months, and even in early spring, deer are at their hungriest. Food is scarce, and most females will be nursing their young which make them even desperate for food. If your garden is full of tasty food, any deer in the area are going to try to pay you a visit. Instead of planting things that deer love to eat, rather try to plant things they don’t eat, or at least try to mix it up a bit. Sure they can still destroy your lawn, but if there are more promising gardens nearby then they are less likely to pay you a visit.
2. Privacy Hedges
Needle Spruces and Boxwoods are both excellent choices for growing thick hedges around your garden area. Deer don’t eat either of these, and if you grow a nice thick hedge which is suitably tall, any deer strolling past won’t be able to see in. If they can’t see what’s on the other side, they will be hesitant to jump over.
3. Get a Dog or Dog Hair
Deer are scared of dogs, so if you have a dog in your garden, you almost certainly won’t see Bambi coming for a free dinner. Yes dogs can also be a bit destructive in a garden, but at least they aren’t going to eat everything. If you cannot have a dog or if you simply don’t want one, you can try to get hold of some dog hair and then scatter that around your garden. Deer will pick up the scent from the hair and think there’s a dog nearby.
4. Motion Sensors
A few strategically placed motion sensors can be very effective protection against deer. These can be used to switch on bright lights, or even to play sounds to scare deer away, such as a dog barking or growling.
5. Animal Repellant
These days you can buy very effective animal repellent. Some of these are designed for spraying on your plants and your lawn, while others are similar to bait boxes, but rather than containing bait, they contain substances that give off a scent which Bambi doesn’t like.