When you think of pests in your garden and lawns, an image of ugly bugs and rodents might be the first things to come to mind. However, some pests can be rather adorable yet still just as damaging to your property. Deer are one of those intruders that might look harmless and peaceful at a distance, but they actually can destroy all of your hard work that you put into your landscaping. Since they are creatures of the wild, regular pesticides and deterrents may not get the job done. There are a few ways that you can discourage the deer from entering your property without causing them any harm and still keep your garden flourishing.
1. One thing that isn’t too commonly known about deer is that they can be deterred with human hair. If you cut your hair at home, this can be an easy way to get your hands on some. Otherwise, it’s possible to ask your local barbershop for some cut hair and they usually will give it to you free of charge. Deer don’t like the scent of human hair, so you can sprinkle some in your flowerbeds or hang some in a stocking near your vegetable garden. While it may seem strange, this has been known to be a successful method of keeping these creatures away.
2. Make a pepper spray and put the solution into a spray bottle container. If you spray the flowers and plants that you do not want deer to touch, they will most likely stay away from them because of the scent.
3. There are some commercially distributed deer repellents on the market that you can buy, but they may not be ideal for your edible gardens. The products you can purchase in a store usually include fox or wolf urine, which can be potent to more than just the deer. There are a few other methods that you can make yourself even though they are not all environmentally friendly. Hanging mothballs from an onion sack is one option, and so is spreading garlic around areas to want to deter the deer from. Fabric softener is another tool that you could use, but just be sure you have a means of keeping it contained so that it doesn’t ruin all the things you have currently living in your garden.
4. If you have a lot of soap on hand, you could chisel large chunks of it and create a bunch of soap flakes to sprinkle on the edges of your garden. It might be possible to purchase the soap already in a flake form, but it is easy enough to make yourself at home. Deer don’t like the smell of soap and this isn’t too hazardous to the environment either, so it might be worth a try to spread around your growing areas.
5. Building a fence can be helpful as well, however it might be a costly venture. Since deer are known to be able to jump extremely high, the fence you need would have to be at least 8 feet tall. Again, this might end up being very expensive so it might be better to try an alternate method first if this one doesn’t fit your budget.
6. Deer don’t like bright lights or loud noises, so having a motion sensor bright light around your garden is another option. There are also mechanisms out there that can play a loud sound upon sensing movement near an area, however that might be both costly and bothersome to your household.
Written by Mike West, owner of WestCo Grounds Maintenance. WestCo provides the best solutions for lawn care in Jefferson City, MO has to offer. They also specialize in irrigation and lawn sprinkler service.