The Buck Stops Here!
Hungry deer can be a real problem in your garden and landscape. They can devastate annual beds and perennials overnight. If you're having a problem with deer feeding in your garden there are a couple of things you can do to lessen the damage.
Choose deer-resistant plants:
Keep in mind that if a deer is hungry enough, he will eat almost any plant vegetation. There are however some plants that they are less fond of. Deer generally don't like plants with strong odors, thorns, prickly or rough foliage, or bitter tastes. Plant these as replacements for the plants they've been feeding on. Or, plant them as a natural barrier at the edge of your garden with the choice deer favorites closer to your house.
Here's a handy list of some annuals, perennials, and shrubs that deer tend not to like.
Alyssum - Lobularia spp. Dusty Miller - Centaurea cineraria Flowering Tobacco - Nicotiana spp. Lantana - Lantana camara 'Mary Ann' Marigold - Tagetes spp. Snapdragon - Antirrhinum majus Strawflower - Bracteantha bracteata Verbena - Verbena x hybrida
Lily of the Nile - Agapanthus Aster - Aster spp. Astilbe - Astilbe spp. Bee Balm - Monarda didyma Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa Columbine - Aquilegia spp. Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea Hens and Chicks - Sempervivum spp. Lamb's Ear - Stachys byzantine Iris - Iris spp. Goldenrod - Solidago spp Yarrow - Achillea filipendulina
Use Deer Repellents
Another way to keep deer away is by using repellents. Apply Bonide's Go Away! Deer & Rabbit Repellent Granules around your home, gardens and in landscapes where you want to keep deer away. Its a biodegradeable product that is safe to use where children and pets play and it will not harm lawns and gardens. The blend of ingredients in Go Away! causes a mild irritation to the animal's nose. It's a scent and taste repellent that doesn't harm the animal, it just keeps them away.
Shake Away is an odor repellent made of coyote urine. Deer are naturally afraid of the coyote, their predator, so the smell of coyote urine will make them flee. The coyote urine granules are another safe, organic way to keep deer away.
Deer can get used to a scent so rotate repellents often.