GARDENING FACT SHEET:
What do I do about the Deer? This is a common question we get here at McCord’s. After weeks of planning and picking out the perfect plants for your garden, you turn around for a minute and the deer are munching down your flowers. We’ve all been there! And though it’s frustrating, there are things that you can do to minimize the chances of your yard becoming the go-to salad bar for the local deer population.
Deer sprays are a very effective option. During the growing season you will need to spray your plants weekly. Those deer are smart and will be able to tell right when that new growth emerges that hasn’t been sprayed! But if this sounds doable then it is definitely a great option. We carry repellent sprays for deer, rabbit, squirrel, and vole & gopher. Netting is also a great option that can deter the birds as well. If you’ve grown any kind of berry before, then you know how the birds always seem to know the minute they ripen!
Another great option is focusing on plants that the deer do not prefer. Click to View this Printable PDF file: “Deer Resistant Plant List” Though nothing is “Deer Proof”, there are definitely plants the deer prefer over others.
Aside from deer sprays and deer resistant plant choices there are plenty of “hacks” found on the internet to keep deer away. Ranging from using Irish Spring Soap shavings, human hair, spinners and pinwheels, or even planting EXTRA for the deer in hopes they will leave some for you. In my personal experience I’ve found that very large stones or river rocks help because deer do not like to step on anything unstable. It’s important to note that what works for your neighbor might be different for you, so experiment! After all, we are lucky enough to live in an incredibly beautiful place where nature is literally knocking on our door. 🙂