How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden: Effective and Safe Methods

Bill Taylor
Written by
Last update:

Deer Fencing

Deer fencing is the best way to keep deer out of your garden. Use the cheapest and most convenient method to make it harder for the little rascals to enter your garden. In this case, it’s a fence. Besides fences, make your garden less attractive to the deer so that they don’t come back. This means stop feeding ground food to your pets, and try not to leave pet food outside for too long because the deer like the taste too.

To keep deer out of your garden, you first need to make sure they can’t access it. This means you need to keep them away by using a deer fence, natural solutions, and physical fences. For example, deer usually eat grass, but if your garden does not have any grass, or that it’s not attractive to them, they’ll leave your garden.

The second thing you can do is to make your garden less attractive to the deer, so that they find it less rewarding to graze around your garden. For example, you can grow natural repellents such as rue and marigolds in your garden. Plants that are bitter to the taste of the deer such as, rue and wormwood, are great ways of keeping deer out of your yard.

Protective Mesh

Protective mesh is used to deter deer and other larger pests and it comes in a variety of sizes. It consists of a tightly woven aluminum material that the deer are prevented from entering. There is a hole in the mesh and a support that attaches to your wall. The support typically runs a foot or two down to a heavy base.

If you use a protective mesh you will need to secure it to the sides of your home with nails or staples and fill in any holes or gaps. The reason for this is because you are not using a fence to keep the deer out, you are using the mesh.

This means that you need to use a hammer or something like it to secure it to the house, sealing the wire into the home. You also need to make sure that the mesh is touching your house and that there is no gap or space for the deer to slide under.

Liquid Spray Deer Repellents

If your vegetable garden suffers as a result of the local deer population, there are measures you can take to stop them from eating your plants. The first move you should make is to think about a particular aspect of your yard that might entice the animals. This might include the availability of drinking water, a water feature, or the fact that there is no fence. Make sure that you cater to this factor, ensuring that your garden isn’t accessible to the deer.

The second move you should make is to buy a deer repellent so that you can stop the problem before it starts. This is a task that requires you to be on alert and work to ensure that it’s effective, so we’re going to cover a few different, very good tips.

You can create a very simple spray using vinegar, which you can use to deter deer from your vegetable garden. The key to this is making sure that you have a window or other surface to store the spray away from your garden. If you spritz it on the plants while it’s still in the cupboard, your spray will be ineffectual.

Granular Repellents: Deer Scram

Deer Scram is a homeopathic deer repellent, and it has a track record of being effective, safe and free of harmful chemicals.

The active ingredient behind the effectiveness of the product is derived from chamomile.

The granular form of the product is easy to apply inside your garden area. The product is appealing to deer, but it is also appealing to humans – putting out a few granules will not leave any noticeable residue or fowl smell on your hands.

The product is advertised as working for a few months and then needs to be reapplied. When applying, be sure to not touch any plants or crops you intend to keep. The effectiveness of the product is better the longer it soaks into the soil, so do not water after applying and let the product ground in.

Granular repellents are effective, safe and non-toxic. The deer-repelling effects work best when spread in a thin layer; a residue buildup may reduce effectiveness. Reapplication after rains is recommended.

Good to know: deer Scram repellent is safe for your pets and surrounding wildlife if ingested.

Solar-Powered Predator Guards

A solar-powered predator guard is a solar-powered device that will keep wildlife away from your home. You can activate the device and enjoy a wildlife-free yard. To find the right solar-powered option for your yard, consider how you want to mount the device, the area that needs to be secured, and the type of critters that are invading your yard.

Also, you should decide if you want to mount the device in an area where it will be in direct sunlight year-round or if you are okay with mounting it where the device will be in shade part of the year. Then, consider the type of solar panel. Single-panel solar devices are cheaper and work fairly well, but they do have a few drawbacks. Dual-panel solar devices are more expensive, but they do the job a bit faster and use less panels.

Other Options and DIY Deer Deterrents

Obviously, if you are reading this you have tried methods of keeping deer out and still remain stumped. You may find other things that can help rid of the deer in your garden. Watch Miracle-Gro's How to Get Rid of Deer video for some great suggestions.

Take control of your garden back with a DIY option, or if you have tried these already, here are a few things you can try:

  • Move your bird feeder
  • Place a birdhouse around the garden
  • Create sharp noises with a propane or butane powered horn
  • Fill old and empty soda bottles with stones and bury them
  • Spray with human hair dye
  • Buy a scarecrow
  • Attach stuffed wolves to the scarecrow
  • Spray with predator urine
  • Place mothballs in the garden
  • Spray with pepper spray
  • Attach a motion-sensitive sprinkler
  • Buy a motion-sensitive sprinkler
  • Attach deer deterring plant-based repellent
  • Use a garden hose sprinkler
  • Attach stuffed bears to scarecrow
  • Purchase a garden netting
  • Cut flower heads off at night
  • Clean up garden with a rake
  • Inject herbicide in a circle around the garden
  • Try Hot or Crystals
  • Buy an electronic deer fence

If these don't work, it's time to look into more serious solutions.

Predator Urine

While human urine may not improve your garden, you can try out predator urine. This organic and natural repellent is perfectly safe to use in your garden. If you are not indeed a fan of bodily wastes in your garden, a better alternative would be to collect urine from dogs, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes. If you are not a wildlife enthusiast, you can buy predator urine from any animal supply store.

Deer and predators are simply put in direct opposite categories. When protecting your garden against predators, you need to stay clear of urine from a species that would seek to eat both you and your family.

In order to successfully repel deer, you need to pour water into a bucket with the urine. Once the bucket contains enough of the concoction, put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the perimeter of the yard.

Plants that Naturally Repel Deer

If a fence can't contain them, why not try plants that naturally repel them?

The following list of plants can help you beautify your garden and keep deer out of your yard, without relying on man-made and potentially dangerous chemicals.

Peppermint, Lavender, and Rosemary.

This trio of herbs all work as repellents against deer by their strong fragrances. Lavender is particularly effective, as the aromatic plant doesn't just keep deer away, but also flies, fleas, ants, and mosquitoes. You can use lavender in a lot of ways or plant it directly in your garden.

Cloves

This versatile spice also works as a simple repellent against deer. Just put a handful of whole cloves in a cheesecloth or place them in a small muslin bag. Hang it with a string off a tree branch or place it in your garden.

Eucalyptus

The fresh piney smell of eucalyptus deters deer from entering your yard. It's a very easy plant to grow and all it needs is full sun and well drained soil.

Veggie Gardens

What is your Variety and Quantity?

So you would like to bring extra flavor and nutrition to your family’s table by using your vegetable garden as a source of fresh and cheep vegetables, but you fear deer may get to your garden and eat your harvest. This frequent problem may be solved by following the suggestions below.

One way of dealing with deer in your garden is by creating your own protective fence to keep the deer out of the garden. This will not only protect the garden from deer, but it will also keep out any other pests like rabbits, dogs, and birds.

You can make the fence in a variety of ways, but here are a few that you might want to consider.

Pressure-Treated Wooden Fence Panels

Fencing made of wooden boards, steel poles or smooth metal rails.

A 2 Feet High or 3 Feet Wide Barrier Is Also Suitable

Cover the fence with mesh, tin, or a sturdy plastic.

Some People Also Find Fences with Lures to Be Very Useful

Deer may get used to the barrier and perhaps try to jump over it, so be prepared for this.

Flower Gardens

Length: 3 minutes

A garden is an integral part of everyone’s home and it provides a wonderful landscape to the entire place. Flower gardens make the place pretty attractive and enticing and give a spectacular display of colors to the home.

Deer are the main reason that damage the plants and are responsible for the destruction of gardens. They don’t eat the garden, but shove or eat the plants to make their way to the field to feed on sprouts, vegetables, flowers and corn.

Deer are very fond of eating flowers, so if you love flowers, then you must definitely try to make your garden safe from these greedy animals and animals can do this by leaning on the fences. Use of the electric fencing can give maximum results.

Why do Deer Insist on Infiltrating Your Garden?

The deer population around your neighborhood may be increasing at an alarming rate, resulting in a significant reduction in your home's landscape or a potential threat to the survival of local flora. This makes effective deer control necessary.

Does are mainly active at night, so laying corn is probably your best option if you want to keep them away during the day. Laying corn can attract the deer for hours during the night though, and can be ineffective. However, it is an effective way of deterring them from coming into your garden at night.

Loud noises can also help to keep deer away. The sound of a radio or banging pots and pans helps quite a bit. But this will only drive away the deer for a few days. After that, they will return.

Deer don't have any natural predators in many areas, allowing them to quickly overpopulate and disrupt the ecosystem. If you spot a deer in your garden, do not try to scare them off. They are fast runners and are likely to injure or kill themselves. Instead, talk to your neighbors. Chances are they are having the same problem. Besides, in the long run, the best solution will be hiring a professional.

Development

Deer fences are the most effective way of keeping deer out of the garden and in natural habitats. But vegetarian deer fences, a new alternative, are an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and easy-to-install option for all homeowners.

Conventional deer fences are made of durable materials, like vinyl and wire, and can be expensive. Vegetarian deer fences use plants and seeds to keep deer out of a garden. A common combination for deer fences is corn and soybeans as the plants grow tall and bushy and serve as an effective barrier. The corn and beans grow about 3 to 4 feet tall. Because deer detest the smell and taste of these plants, they avoid them.

Deer are often drawn to gardens when looking for food and if they find an attractive scent near the garden they will try to get inside, no matter how tall or "strong" the fence. Although these vegetarian deer fences are new to the marketplace, they work best on deer because the scent and appearance of the plants is plants seem to repel deer.

Deer fences are also often effective because they are very tall, at 12 feet or more, which deters leaping deer and encourages them to stay out.

Winter

Keeping deer from munching on your precious garden is a never-ending problem; they can quickly undo your hard work. But there are steps you can take to protect your garden, whether you’re looking to plant some veggies or grow flowers.

  • Plant Flowers Or Yellow Flowers: Plant yellow flowers such as yarrow, daffodils, verbena, and cosmos. Deer don’t like the color yellow and will avoid it.
  • Use Deer Repellents: Try a few different repellents to see which works best for your garden, but make sure you read the label to ensure wound dressings, tarps, and spray-on repellents are applied and placed correctly.
  • Plant A Fence: A good fence around your garden will keep deer out. Use a mesh fence to keep out rabbits, since rabbits can easily chew through wood fences. A chicken wire fence also works.
  • Use A Scare Device: Outdoor motion deterrents, such as streamers, scare devices and patrols, will help keep deer and rabbits away.

Overpopulation

Lake whitefish is a pristine water fish that has been thriving in the Great Lakes for centuries. But a new study has found that over-fishing, habitat destruction, and introduction of non-native species have placed many of the species' populations at risk for extinction.

Lake whitefish is the only fish that was intentionally stocked in the lakes. It was introduced to the Great Lakes in 1895 in an attempt to improve the fishery in the lakes. The problem is that many of the fish are accidentally released. These "releases" are partially to blame for the loss of young lake whitefish during their first year of development.

The new study, conducted by NOAA biologist, Dr. Duane Froese, suggests that as many as 53 percent of the lake whitefish in the Lake Superior are being harvested before they reproduce, leaving the only new additions to the population through reproduction.

Releases have resulted in lake whitefish populations not only in the Great Lakes, but also in many lakes across the United States. Also, these release are not always at the lake they were originally stocked. The study found that lake whitefish had been accidentally stocked throughout 35% of the Great Lakes.

Wrap Up

Click Here For Full Video!

Have you ever felt like there are just too many deer in the neighborhood? Like they are just taking over your garden and eating your plants? Well, it's safe to say that you aren't alone. Even if you live in a suburban area, chances are you are surrounded by deer.

Deer are strong and can jump and bound just about anywhere. They can even climb tree trunks, so it can be very difficult to keep them out of your garden. Trust me, I've tried every trick known to man and I can say for sure that deer just do not stop to listen to reason.

I mean, have you tried offering them a salad, a nice glass of milk, or even some chocolate cake? They totally just look at you like you are crazy.

Well, after having dozens and dozens of my plants devoured by deer over the years, I finally got fed up and started to find some new and effective ways to keep them out of my garden. And I think you'll be glad to know that there really is hope:

Deer Proof Plants