Deer Resistant Plants (Shrubs & Trees)

August 17, 2014 – 12:51 am

Making your Landscape Deer Resistant

Have you ever felt that some landscapes are a buffet for deer? You've probably also noticed that deer like to eat some plants more than others. ? w to send the deer somewhere else (after all, they are still going to eat, just hopefully not your dream garden!)

Same Night, Same Deer

The chances are very very good that the same deer are visiting your landscape each and every night. These
same deer will continue to eat the plants they like the best, until they are gone, or grow back. Once the preferred choice is gone, they are going to start trying the other plants around your landscape. (Kinda like our own pantries)

It all Starts with the Babies

The baby deer, fawns, are actually trained by their mothers to which plants are preferred plants. If you can use deer deterrents at just the right time, you may be able to send the fawns to enjoy the garden down the street, and like it for years to come, breaking generations of deer returning to your landscape.


Deer Off, Liquid Fence, No Deer Zone, and Imustgarden Deer Repellent are all very good choices. keep the deer from getting too used to them.


Blood Meal, Mothballs, Milorganite, Bar Soap all work ok. Miloragnite and blood meal are nitrogen based fertilizers and you really shouldn't used them later than August around plants. them on the out side perimeters instead.

When to apply:

Begin spraying the whole area in late March to discourage Momma deer from bring Bambi around. Then, in late April, spray only the most susceptible plants in order to teach Bambi that these plants taste absolutely terrible. He should remember this for next time and just go somewhere else.


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