Dear Deer, STAY OUT!
by RidgeView | June 22, 2016
If your lucky enough to live on a country lot or nearby a naturalized conservation area, chances are you’ve come in contact with a deer or two. Bambi may be cute but like it’s woodland affiliate Thumper they can be downright destructive. Some plants are simply deer bait such as narrow-leaf evergreens, especially arborvitae and fir, they also seem to have a taste for hostas, daylilies, and English ivy. So which plants do deer dislike? Well no surprise they avoid poisonous plants like poppies, foxgloves and daffodils. They’ll also tend to avoid fragrant herbs or heavily scented plants like sage, thyme, lavender or peonies. Prickly plants are also a good deterrent (would you eat it?) so cactus type plants are not appealing either. There are other forms of deer repellant such as natural human hair spread about the garden, hot pepper spray, moth balls or a commercial repellant formula. When all else fails fencing may be your only option.
Let’s assume that you’re ready to start with the least resistant method of control in planting undesirable flora in your space. Here’s a list of deer resistant plants, keep in mind there really are no completely deer-proof plants, if they’re hungry they’ll eat it.
TOP DEER-RESISTANT PLANTS
Lily of the Valley
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
If all else fails I’d like to impart the mantra “Que Cera Cera” Mother nature is has all kinds of creatures and they have a right to be here too. So grab a cup of coffee and watch these majestic animals in their glory.