Varied deer species are found across the continental U.S. They are widely distributed, and hunted. In fact, deer hunting is a popular activity in the U.S. and it plays a big role in generating revenue for states and the federal government. This revenue is sourced from the sales of permits and licenses.
While the deer population has positive effects on state revenues, unfortunately it can also become troublesome. The boost in deer population accounts for significant statistics of vehicle-deer collisions, as well as damage to landscaping, gardens and agriculture.
One of the biggest frustrations of gardeners is having unwelcome animals and pests that wreak havoc on the patches of earth and rooted plants otherwise carefully tended.
There are ways you can prevent deer from wandering into your garden and doing serious damage to your flowers and ornamental shrubs. Consider the following tips in establishing a deer-resistant landscape:
- Grow fragrant plants such as blue mist spirea, mint, sage, thyme, garlic, onions, chives and lavender as your garden’s borders and entry points. The following flowering shrubs are also deer-resistant: Andromeda, Potentilla, Spirea, Weigela and Viburnum.
- If you like bulbs, choose daffodils over tulips. For roses, choose a rugosa hybrid. Cacti and marigolds are also good deer repellents.
- Cultivate young trees, but build cages around them until they are tall enough to discourage deer to jump through. At such time, the cage can be removed. However, some gardeners recommend eight-foot fences. If a lower fence is installed, place a backdrop behind it. It has been observed that deer are less likely to jump over a fence if the other side is not visible to them.
- Grow shrubs such as autumn sage and rosemary. These shrubs are ignored by deer altogether.
- Give special attention to your garden’s gateways and edges. Introduce Carolina Jessamine over fence borders. It’s also encouraged to plant capacious areas of ground cover, this will make your garden less inviting to deer munchers.
- Hide susceptible plants inside those which are deer-resistant. Keeping a deer-resistant landscape does not mean doing away with your favored plants.
- Appropriate growing zones in your garden, and check online and local resources for a roster of deer-resistant plants.
- Check nearby nurseries where deer-resistant plants are available. Visit the different sites, check the quality of the plants and compare prices.
There are a number of plants that are resistant to deer browsing. These deer resistant plants mentioned above have properties which discourage deer from nibbling. It may be an unpleasant flavor or odor, prickly thorny stems, and sharp leaves. However, these distasteful attributes perceived by deer will not necessarily affect domesticated pets or humans.
Know that you always have the option to get expert advice. There are landscaping companies which offer on-site inspection by landscape designers. With their help, and valuable recommendations, you can be prepared for deer browsing damage, come late fall to early spring. These are periods when deer begin to forage beyond their usual regions in search for food.