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Answered 2011-01-08 06:08:58
Keep Deer From Eating Your Flowers

A fence is the only sure way to keep deer from eating flowers, or vegetables from your garden. Unfortunately, deer will hop a 6' fence if they can see good things to eat on the other side, so the fence has to be at least 8' high, or have a horizontal outrigger that overhangs from the top. Two parallel 5' fences, 4' apart will work as well. An electric fence will also keep them away.

If you don't have the resources or desire to build a fence, you can cage individual plants, or try some of these short-term solutions:

  • I have heard that you can by cougar urine and spray your bushes/flowers. It can be purchased at most home improvement or nursery supply stores.
  • You can take human hair (ie. from a hairbrush, or barber shop) and put around the area where the deer are eating and that can help to keep them away. They do not like the scent of human hair.
  • Deer do not like bones either. Sprinkling bone meal will do the trick. If that doesn't suit for aesthetic reasons, you can also use any other kind of bone. Be careful though, as using a steak bone for example may attract bears instead.
  • Tin pie plates or cans tied to stakes will make deer nervous for a while, especially during the hunting season.
  • Crack 3 eggs into a watering jug, fill with water, stir vigorously, and apply to the foliage of your plants. Breaks down into small amounts of hydrogen sulphide that we can't smell, but deer can. Repels them for about 2 weeks in dry weather, and has to be re-applied after this time or after rain. Egg solids are one of the main ingredients of commercial deer repellents like Not Tonight Deer.

While all of these will work, keep in mind that it will be necessary for you to reapply the solution periodically depending on precipitation amounts and wind conditions. Keep in mind what you might attract also. Other cats may be attracted to the scent of a cougar; if you use coyote urine instead, you might bring in the neighborhood dogs. There are plants that naturally repell deer that you can plant along a property line that will keep deer out of the area. Not every solution will be 100% successful though. You may need to combine several, and even change them as time passes. Deer are very adaptive and will get used to any regular pattern if they truly want your flowers.

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