Although beautiful and majestic, deer can wreak havoc on a landscape, chewing through grass, bushes and small trees. Male deer (bucks) may even rub their antlers on the side of trees to help remove the soft velvet covering them, which further stresses the tree.
As a homeowner, seeing your landscape destroyed by deer is disheartening to say the least, but there are some simple steps that you can take to better protect it from these creatures.
Grow the Right Vegetation
Deer are known for eating just about anything, but there are certain plants and vegetation that these four-legged animals will not consume.
So if you have a deer problem on your landscape, consider growing thorny plants or bushes with fuzzy leaves. This isn’t a fool-proof method to protect your yard from deer, but it will certainly help to some degree.
As long as the deer aren’t starving, they’ll probably pass on the vegetation in your yard and travel elsewhere for a meal.
Build a Parameter Fence
Of course, another preventative measure that can be used to keep deer and other large animals out of your yard is a parameter fence.
Depending on the size and layout of your yard, you may be able to construct a basic fence around the parameter. Again, some deer may hop right over this fence without blinking, but others will choose to walk around it.
Because deer are typically startled by loud noise, you can use this as a deterrent for your yard. Try installing a motion-sensored audible alarm around your property.
Anytime a deer approaches, it will trigger the alarm, creating a loud siren or buzz that will hopefully scare the deer off.
The only downside to this method is that it typically requires batteries to operate. If the batteries go dead, the alarm won’t offer any benefits in protecting your landscape from deer or other large pests.
Deer have become so much a problem for homeowners and property owners that some companies have begun making deer repellent – and it actually works surprisingly well.
Some of the most popular deer repellent includes Deer Away, which is made from putrescent whole egg solids; Hinder, which is made from aluminum soaps; Thiram, which is a type of fungicide; and Magic Circule, which is a bone tar oil that’s soaked in burlap.
Try several different varieties of deer repellent to see which product works best for your landscape.
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