A Trick to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

@norcal (3215)
Nevada City, California
April 23, 2016 10:34pm CST
I am an avid gardener, and I live in an area with a large deer population. I chose most of my plants with that in mind. However, deer will often sample even plants they don’t like. Over the years, I have found a few ways to discourage deer from feasting on my garden. Many people think that dogs will help with the deer problem, but my observation is that the deer don’t pay much attention to the dogs. Deer don’t like to walk on uneven surfaces, so one method that has worked for me is laying wire fencing down flat on the ground. Deer will avoid it if they can. The fencing is almost invisible from a distance. Small plants can grow up through the wire to disguise it even further. I had several bushes that did well for a while, and then they would be eaten down overnight by deer. Since I've been using this trick, the bushes have grown tall. Photo by the author
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@Shavkat (59896)
• Philippines
24 Apr 16
I think that's a good idea. The bushes serve as the camouflage for the wirings and deeds will not attempt to step in the garden.
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
24 Apr 16
You got it!
@JudyEv (121037)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Apr 16
I'm sure others will be pleased to have this tip. I wonder if it would work with kangaroos? :)
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
24 Apr 16
It's worth a try. Kangaroo feet are a lot different than deer though. I think the deer feel like their feet might get caught in the fencing.
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@JudyEv (121037)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Apr 16
@norcal Kangaroos are good at getting caught up too then they panic and thrash around. I don't know that I want a garden that badly. :)
@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr 16
And once again, I've learned something. I learn something new everyday on this site.
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
24 Apr 16
A storehouse of semi-useful information.
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@Teep11 (7003)
• United States
24 Apr 16
We don't get to see any deer but I've heard how people wanted to keep them off their property. That's great you found a way to keep the plants safe from the deer.
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
24 Apr 16
We have such an overpopulation of them here. I love seeing them, but they are voracious.
@GardenGerty (98075)
• United States
24 Apr 16
I will keep that in mind. A local nature center has a method to protect young newly planted trees. They drill a hole through a bar of Irish Spring bar soap and tie it to the tree. That particular fragrance repels them.
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
24 Apr 16
Nice if it works. It might get expensive if you had a lot of trees.