Deer are beautiful and gentle creatures but they can wreak havoc on your yard, especially in the garden. Anyone who lives in areas inhabited by deer has seen the result. Natural methods of keeping deer out of the yard send the four-footed animals the message without harming them with harsh chemicals or toxins. Try a few of these in combination to see which are most effective at deterring deer in your area, and keep your vegetables for yourself!
You will need:
- Strong-smelling soap such as Dial
- Old pantyhose or socks
- Urine-based solution
- Human or dog hair
- Deer-repellent flowers and plants
- Tabasco sauce
- Spray bottle
Step 1: Purchase several bars of strong-smelling soap like Dial. Cut the legs off an old pair of pantyhose and place a bar of soap in each leg. Alternatively, a bar can be placed in a sock. After inserting the bar, tie the hose or sock with a knot.
Step 2: Place the stockings or socks around plants that need to be protected. They can also be hung from tree branches using the string. Do not put the soap too close to the roots of the plant or tree.
Step 3: Sprinkle human or dog hair around the edges of the yard or garden. The smell will keep the deer away from the property.
Step 4: Purchase a natural urine-based solution from a garden store and spray it around the edges of the yard. There is a chance a smell could result, so use this method sparingly.
Step 5: Research deer-repellent flowers and plants and incorporate them into the garden. Lily of the valley, Blue Fescue grass, lavender, and spearmint are excellent choices. You can either have the garden consist entirely of these or intersperse them between plants and flowers that deer like to nibble.
Step 6: Combine a few drops of Tabasco sauce and water in a spray bottle and spray the leaves of plants and flowers that need protection. If vegetables are included in the garden, be careful not to spray them because the solution will alter their taste.