Keep Deer from Destroying your Garden

To keep deer out of your Garden first you have to think like a deer.  What do they love; what can't they resist.  Deer love nice healthy fertilized plants. It is also important to remember deer love new growth plants which are rich in protein.  Making your tinder new growth no matter what the plant a prime target.

Here is a list of a few plants deer love, you can plant them in your garden but know they are a prefered food source

  • Red Maple

  • Elm Tree

  • Dogwood Tree

  • Red Cedar

  • Sassafrass

  • Black Gum

  • Oak Tree

  • Jassmine

  • Honey Succle

  • Roses

  • Hydrangea

  • Azalea

  • Blueberry

  • Lespedezia

  • Sunflower

  • Grapes

What do deer dis like?

  • Not surpisingly, deer stay away from poisonous plants! Daffodils , foxgloves, and Lantana are common flowers that have a toxicity that deer avoid.

  • Deer also turn their noses up at fragrant plants with strong scents. Herbs such as sages, ornamental salvias, lavenders, mint, society garlic, and iris' are just “stinky” to deer.

  • Would you want to eat something prickly? Neither do deer (unless they’re desperate). Plants such as barberry are not on their preferred menu.

  • Keeping in mind that the first rule in deer proofing is that there really are no deer-proof plants, just plants that deer dont prefer, but when starving they will eat.

Below is a list of Deer resistant plants

  • Alyssum

  • Dusty Miller

  • Lantana

  • Marigolds

  • Snapdragons

  • Verbena

  • Agapanthus

  • Astible

  • Butteryfly Weed

  • Coneflower

  • Iris

  • Yarrow

  • Abelia

  • Barberry

  • Butterfly Bush

  • Juniper

  • Lecouthe

  • Tea Olive

  • Pyracantha

  • Yucca

Another way to keep deer away is deer repellants.