Is there anything more infuriating that going out to your garden or fruit tree to pick some goodies and finding out that the deer beat you to it? If you’re growing less and less food for your family, and more and more for the deer, it’s time to put a stop to it! There are several different ways to keep deer and even other wild animals out of your yard.
Most animals don’t like the feel of a fence under their feet and will avoid this. Instead of putting fences around your garden or trees trying laying them on the ground. Bend wires into a “v” shape and use them to keep the fence down. Make sure the fencing is wide enough that a large animal can’t step over it or so that a small animal can’t simply jump past it.
Wolf urine can be a huge help when you’re trying to get deer to stay away from your yard. The urine is sold at places that sell hunting gear and supplies. A drop or two of the urine at the four corners of your property, and a few scattered around the garden, trees and bushes, and you’ll see no more deer. The wolf urine also keeps small animals away, like possum and raccoons. Keep in mind that, if it rains, the spray must be reapplied. Also, people can smell the urine, too, so when walking close to a place where it has been applied you’ll get a whiff of something you won’t really appreciate!
Eggs are a much cheaper way to deter deer, but again, there’s the issue of the smell. Beat 18 eggs – more or less depending upon how much spray you want to make – then stir in five gallons of water. Stir the mixture slowly, and when you’re done, strain it into spray bottles by using a coffee filter or other straining method. Spray the egg mixture around plants and flowers. It must be reapplied after rain. Although the smell of rotten eggs is not anyone’s favorite aroma it will definitely keep away the deer. Often, you can apply this to the perimeter of your yard and not right next to the garden or particular plants.
There’s a really easy way to keep away the deer and that’s to use Irish Spring soap. Take the bar out of the wrapper, put it in a mesh bag or cloth, then hang it on a short stake near the garden or other plants. If you have a large garden it might require several bars of soap to deter deer. They don’t like the smell of the soap and will stay completely away from it.
Some plants and flowers you put in your yard will actually deter deer. If deer don’t like what they smell they’ll go elsewhere. Since they don’t like the smell of rosemary, verbena, zinnias, daffodils, foxglove, iris, chive, thyme, spearmint and many other plants, these are good choices for you to plant around the yard.
Keeping deer out of your yard isn’t as hard to do as many people think. Apply one or several of the above methods to your own situation and the flowers and veggies you grow will be all yours!