Deer are graceful and majestic creatures—until they come onto your property and destroy your plants and shrubs. From choosing plants that won’t attract to deer to deer-repellent lawn treatment, there are a variety of ways to protect your Pleasant Valley, NY, landscape from these unwanted intruders.
Selecting the Right Plants
Hungry deer will eat almost any type of vegetation. But they do prefer certain plants and tend to avoid others. Once they find a food source they like, deer will return until they have decimated all vegetation in the area. So it’s best to select your plants carefully.
Deer are especially fond of hostas, daylilies, holly, and roses. Planting these delicacies is like sending them a dinner invitation. They also enjoy snacking on pretty flowers including rhododendrons, azaleas, pansies, and violas. And just as they are for us, fruit is a big draw for deer. They could be tempted if your outdoor space offers them easy access to apples, cherries, or blueberries.
A number of plants can help drive deer away. Deer will avoid plants with high toxicity such as daffodils, foxgloves, and poppies. Herbs with strong scents like sage, thyme, rosemary, mint, and lavender will also make your garden less appealing to deer. And prickly plants can also act as a deterrent.
Barriers That Deter Deer
A good fence is one way to keep the deer out of your yard. But deer can jump fairly high, so fences have to be quite tall to keep them out. A solid hedge is also a good deer deterrent. If they can’t see what’s inside, deer will be less likely to risk investigating your yard.
Deer don’t like to climb, so creating levels in your landscape can discourage these animals from exploring your property. Having terraces and raised or sunken beds added will help make your yard less attractive to deer.
Deer-Repelling Lawn Treatment
While plants and barriers can help deter deer, they will not completely prevent them from harming your vegetation. For more thorough protection, Lehigh Lawns & Landscaping, Inc. offers a deer repelling lawn treatment.
Tree Guard Deer Proof spray is a liquid repellent that can be sprayed on your plants and shrubs, making them less attractive to deer. Deer find both the smell and taste of the spray offensive and will avoid the area after they learn plants are covered in it.
The treatment is nontoxic to both plants and animals, so while it will deter the deer, it won’t harm them. And it creates a clear coating that won’t visibly take away from your beautiful plants and flowers. It’s is water resistant, so it can withstand both rain and snow. For optimal effectiveness, we recommend treating plants seasonally in the spring, summer, and fall.
Fall treatment is especially important to protect your plants and shrubs over the winter when food supplies become low. An extra application during periods of drought can also be beneficial. When water supplies are scarce and plants start to dry up, deer will seek out healthy shrubs and flowers for nourishment.