I came across an interesting article in the June 2018 issue of Lawn and Landscape on how to attempt to lessen the damage to landscaping from roving deer. It started out by describing today’s landscaping as a “logical buffet” for deer simply because we have moved into their “natural foraging areas.” It went on to describe a landscaping company that focuses entirely on attempting to prevent deer damage. Here are some key strategies they use:
- Store-bought repellents typically aren’t strong enough to be thoroughly effective. Mix your own.
- Apply daily or at least as often as you can.
- Spray the perimeter of your property. It reminds deer the rest of the property is off-limits.
- Alter their trails across your property. Make it difficult for them to follow the same route.
- Research deer resistant plants for your area. What works in Ohio, for example, may not work in Wisconsin.
- “Strong-scented perennials like lavender and some herbs naturally repel deer, as do thorny plants…but there are no guarantees.” Deer are opportunists; they’ll eat what they can find.
- “…sonic sensors and sprinkler devices activated by motion sensors can help. ‘Some can be effective, but deer get acclimated to these things very quickly.’”
- The most effective way to deter deer is to install a 9 foot fence.
- If that isn’t possible, install a dense hedge of evergreens or some equally dense deciduous shrub.