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Deer-Resistant Garden Design

submitted on 22 April 2023 by wondeerful.farm
Deer-Resistant Garden Design As a gardener, it can be frustrating to spend time and effort creating a beautiful landscape, only to have it devoured by feral deer. Deer can cause significant damage to plants and gardens, so you want to create a deer-resistant garden design that not only looks beautiful but also deters wildlife.

What plants attract deer the most? Deer are attracted to plants that are high in protein, are not overly fragrant, and have a high moisture content. Some of the most attractive plants to deer include hostas, tulips, daylilies, roses, and fruit trees. These plants are often tender and succulent, making them a prime target for deer looking for a quick and easy meal.

What plants do deer dislike? Fortunately, there are several plants that deer dislike and will avoid. These plants tend to be woody, have strong scents, bitter tastes, or tough, prickly foliage that deer find unpalatable. Some of the most effective deer-resistant plants include echinacea (coneflower), lavender, rosemary, mint family plants like anise hyssop, catmint and peppermint, irises, daffodils, and nasturtiums. By incorporating these plants into your garden design, you can create a beautiful landscape that is less likely to attract deer.

Can you hide deer vulnerable plants behind deer-resistant ones? One strategy for protecting vulnerable plants is to use deer-resistant plants as a barrier. By planting deer-resistant plants around the perimeter of your garden or using them as a backdrop for more vulnerable plants, you can create a natural deterrent that will make it more difficult for deer to access their favorite plants. For example, you could use tall grasses or evergreen shrubs as a backdrop for a garden bed filled with daffodils or irises.

Other methods employed to keep deer away. In addition to using deer-resistant plants, there are several other methods that can be used to keep deer away from your garden. One popular method is to use deer repellent sprays, which contain natural ingredients like garlic, peppermint, and cinnamon that repel deer. Another option is to use physical barriers like fences or netting to keep deer out. Although, since deer can jump over fences up to 2 meters tall, this method may not be feasible in all situations.

Creating a deer-resistant garden design requires careful planning and consideration of the types of plants that are attractive to deer. By using a combination of deer-resistant plants and other deterrent methods, you can create a beautiful landscape that is less likely to be damaged by wildlife. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, with a little research and planning, you can create a garden that is both beautiful and functional.


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