We didn’t used to have deer that came to our yard. When a large area of forest nearby was removed, deer moved away from the construction and into our area. Deer add their own touch to a garden, along with some free fertilizer. While they are fun to watch from the house, I wanted something that would repel the deer from eating the flowers without harming the plants, soil, or insects like butterflies. I found some natural deer deterrents growing in the yard around the house. You may already have these natural deer deterrents for gardens growing around your house. If you do, they’re free sources for homemade deer control. Read on to learn how to use these natural deer deterrents for gardens which you may already have growing around your house.
Native Deer Resistant Plants as a Natural Deer Deterrents for Gardens
Native deer resistant plants can be natural deer deterrents for gardens which you may already have growing around your house. While deer do eat some native plants, many native plants have adapted to deer and are deer resistant plants they don’t like to eat. The deer may recognize the sight, smell, and taste of familiar anti deer plants quicker than other plants and be more cautious of eating your garden. Helenium, Butterfly Weed, and Wild Columbine are two deer resistant plants native to many areas of the US. Mix these flowering deer resistant plants in with the favorite deer plants in your garden for a natural display and to protect them from deer with natural deer control. In addition to adding ornamental value, the flowers of the native plants can also attract birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
Weeds as a Natural Deer Deterrents for Gardens
Weeds can be natural deer deterrents for gardens which you may already have growing around your house. A well weeded garden can be an open invitation to deer to eat their favorite exposed desired plants. Soon after weeding the roses around our house, a large number of the flowers and new growth was eaten by deer. When the weeds were allowed to grow, there was significantly less damage to the roses. We could have saved time and saved the rose flowers. Leaving some weeds in the garden can be a natural way to reduce deer garden damage. Then you can weed when it’s time to remove spent flowers, and allow the deer to do some dead heading and pruning for you. Deer eat some weeds, like dandelions, and avoid others. Weeds can be an alternate food source or a natural deterrent to hungry deer.
Briars, Thorns, and Branches as a Natural Deer Deterrents for Gardens
Briars, thorns, and branches can be natural deer deterrents for gardens which you may already have growing around your house. Deer do eat roses, blackberries, and greenbriar vines, aka greenbrier vines, but seem to prefer tender new growth, leaves, flowers, and fruit to older, woody growth and dried out pruned branches. Hardened thorns of older or dried out growth can be a natural deer repellent for a deer not expecting the thorns. Trim some long vines or older branches, dry them out, and carefully place them over the plants in your garden for homemade, free, all natural deer control. Position them so they don’t snag your clothes but will repel any deer wanting to stick their face into their favorite plants to eat. The hardened thorns can help deter deer from eating your flowering plants.
In addition to using pruned branches from thorn bushes and briar vines, you can also make a natural deer barrier of dried pruned branches from bushes or trees even if they don’t have thorns. Stick them in the ground in and around the tender plants for added protection from deer like a mini homemade deer fence.
There are many things that can help stop deer from eating garden plants. Anti deer plants like native deer resistant plants can be a natural deer repellent. Weeds can serve as natural deer control. A homemade deer deterrent like a barrier made of dried briars, thorns, and branches can be a natural deer repellent for a garden. Natural deer deterrents can look at home in your garden while they protect the plants and reduce deer damage to the plants. Try these natural deer deterrents for gardens which you may already have growing around your house in your garden.