How to Repel Deer from your Yard


We spend hours making our gardens and yards look beautiful, but some of us experience a problem doing so thanks to our neighborhood deer problem! The market lacked a variety of successful deer control solutions – until now. Technological advances and scientific studies have helped developed very dependable deer repellents. Everything from deer control sprays to electronic devices that emit ultrasonic and sonic sound waves to ensure that the deer knows it is unwelcome in your yard!

What repels deer is based on the deer’s routine, habits, and instincts. A sonic deer deterrent will startle the deer using high pitched or ultrasonic sounds. Repelling deer with a spray utilizes the deer’s natural distaste for certain bitter substances. Some electronic deer repellents even provide extra strength by adding a strobe light to scare the deer away from the covered areas.

There are some tried-and-true unconventional deer repellents as well. Regular bar soap, hung from trees or stuck on stakes at intervals throughout the garden, keeps hungry deer at bay – they are repelled by the smell of the soap. Another scent that deer deem unappetizing is human hair. This can be gotten at a barber shop – either stuff it in stockings and hang it from the trees, or distribute around plants that the deer like to nibble the most.

Deer also deplore the scent of rotten eggs. Fill a spray bottle with cracked, whisked eggs, and spray over plants. On a hot day, the eggs will begin the decomposition process, which will produce the horrid smell. Spray after a heavy rain or when you see the signs of the deer returning. Perhaps the deer deterrent that will blend the most with your carefully landscaped lawn is lots of strong-smelling, but beautiful, plants. Flowers such as lavender, alums, and salvia are good, natural deer repellents that double as very nice additions to your garden.

Fences are the most obvious option for gardeners. A fence four feet in height and slanted outward 45 degrees is the best way to keep deer out of gardens. It is the depth of the fence, rather than the height, that prevents deer from making the jump. Alternatively, surround your most vulnerable plants with chicken wire.

All of these methods are safe for deer, which are really just victims of lost habitat and unregulated populations. Given the number and variety of deer deterrents that are easily utilized, it should take no time at all for you to rid yourself of deer. But you’ll still be able to watch them from time to time in your neighbor’s yard.

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About the Author: Greenery always attracts Arthur Kunkle. He has a big garden where he plants many fruits and vegetables. His passion for gardening motivates him to write and share different tips on gardening.

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