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If you’ve seen a deer, you’ve probably thought “these are some lovable animals,” but when you’ve spent hours and hours trying to get your veggies and flowers growing perfectly only to have them ruined by these beasts, they become not so loveable anymore. In your time of frustration, you’ve probably turned to repellants for assistance.
You can find a number of spray repellants to use in your attempt to deter deer at your local stores or you may choose to make your own repellant with some of the ingredients that you already have at home. You can take a bunch of crushed chili peppers and put them in a gallon of hot water to make a spicy repellant. Before using, let it sit for several days. You could also make a rotten egg spray using 4 cups of milk, a dozen eggs and a gallon of water. Apply either spray to your yard and garden rotating to keep the deer from getting immune. The problem is that even though these repellants can be made with ingredients from inside the home, they still cost money. Not to mention, you have to reapply these repellants after heavy rainfall or every 1-2 weeks.
While deer may enjoy attacking your garden for food, there are just some plants and herbs that they don’t care for. These plants and herbs include oregano, dill, Thyme, lavender, hyacinth, snapdragon, daffodil, columbine and more. By planting a variety, it will be much easier to get the deer to move along. However, just because you have less of the variety that they like doesn’t mean that they’ll look elsewhere for more, especially if food in the area is scarce.
Human hair is used as a repellant that you can position in your garden and around the border of your yard; silly right? Deer make it their business to stay away from people, which is why people believe the human scent left on hair can repel them. There is no real proof that this actually works, but if it does, you can be sure it will only repel them for a short period of time. Deer are smart and cautious animals. After some time, they’ll call your bluff.
Fabric Softener/Scented Soap
Supposedly deer hate really strong fragrant smells which is where the idea for fabric softener and scented soap used as a repellent comes from. People have been known to hang strips of fabric softener or clumps of scented soap all around their yard. They say the more fragrant that your yard is, the better the chances of repelling those stubborn deer. Stubborn is right which is why you shouldn’t count on this repellant to last too long. If you have the goods in your yard, the deer will eventually make it back into your yard. Besides, the sheets and soap will need to be replaced as they get old and this can be very costly.
Flowers, Plants, and Shrubs
Deer hate various types of flowers, plants, and shrubs, so you can plant them in and around your garden or landscaping. Examples include Achillea Perennials, Alchemilla or Lady's Mantle, Aquilegia or Columbine, Campanula Bellringers or Campanula Carpatica Blue Clips, Cerastium Silver Carpet, Centaurea Montana, Echinacea Doubled Decker, oh heck. there are too many to list, do an internet search and find a proper gardening website. I'm not a plant expert, I'm a wildlife expert.
Setting up a net is also a deer repellant to keep deer away from valuable plants. This netting is normally 7 feet high and tied to a fence post to keep tricky deer from poking their noses through the netting and eating any vegetation they can. The netting should be sloped a bit away from the vegetation so that when deer begin to approach; their ears are tickled making them very uneasy. Netting should cover flower beds, gardens and other areas that you want to protect from the deer. Eventually, you will have to adjust the netting when the plants or vegetation start to get close to growing through the netting.
Fences created to repel deer need to be at least 8 feet high because deer can jump pretty high when needed. Wire or electric fences work as adequate repellants against deer, but not only are they expensive to obtain, but having them installed can be quite costly as well. Oh, and let’s not forget that it takes time to set up a fence correctly. Keep in mind when using a wire fence that you may have to maintain and repair it often due to deer running into them trying to get in. If a deer can do some damage to a vehicle, just imagine what it can do to your fence.
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