The following may be some of your favorite garden standbys, but deer love them just as much as you do. Depending on the extent of your deer traffic, either keep these treats out of the garden entirely or keep them close to the house, where deer might not want to venture.
Acorns and nuts
Fruits from trees (apples, pears, crabapples, cherries, etc.)
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 9:47 AM
I have a camp in the Thousand Islands NY and my aunt had planted Hollihocks more than once and found out it was the deer who kept eating them. I believe this is another tasty treat for them.
Sunday, June 27, 2010 7:44 AM
Has anyone tried to put cayane pepper on thier plants to prevent the deer and rabbits from eating them? I have heard that it is supposed to work and will not harm the birds, as they do not make saliva like deer and rabbits, and that is what activates the capsation in the pepper.
Gardening Man Stephanio
Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:48 AM
It seems the Deer Know what plants I value, so these Vermon go and target those Items just to get under my skin. They will eat them all the way down to the groung, and what they don't eat they trample under their feet. Gardening tip to get ride of them once and for all, when it is Hunting Season, go and get a Hunting Permit and go Hunting where ever they will let you near your Home town, you might not get the deer but you will put them on Notice if they eat your Produce you will eat them. This will be the Best ever Deer you will eat because after all your garden seems to have the best Tasting food they ever ate in there life because the fact they keep comeing Back is a testomony to this fact. If you eat this Deer it will taste good because of all of the food it ate out of your garden which Fattened it up, look for the Biggist Fattest deer you can seeand Find, because chances are this is the Culperate and guilty party and this is Punishable by one sentence carried out by the gardener who will become this deers Judge jury, and Excutioneer.
Friday, August 20, 2010 6:34 AM
I have been using cayenne pepper on my veggies and hosta plants...we live in woods in Northern Virginia, and have many deer circulating the area. So far so good...but must be repeated fairly often, especially after each rain.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:39 AM
Yes cayenne pepper does work... and also works on stopping dogs/cats from sniffing to mark a spot.... but buy a large supply... it weakens with rain/dew and humidity!
Monday, September 13, 2010 2:33 PM
Can I get my mums to bloom this season if deer ate all the leaves up?
Friday, September 24, 2010 12:49 PM
You all should try Coyote Urine powder. I buy some netting and twine. Cut the netting and place some of the power in the netting. Then close up the netting into a ball and tie the twine so you have a long piece to hang it with. Then take old margarine tubs or any smaller type containers, poke a hole in the bottom and run the twine with the powder on it through the hole so the netting with powder is protected by the plastic conatiner. Then hang them around the perimeters of your yard, on small garden hooks, etc.
Once a month during the summer replace the powder. Fleet Farm and most nursery's carry the powder. This along with the product Liquid Fence (horrible smelling stuff) seems to keep the nasty deer out of my gardens! I've been using it for about 3 years now.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:21 AM
I have tried everything: coyote powder (even though we have real ones here), liquid fence, soap, cayenne pepper, dryer sheets, you name it I tried it. None of them worked.
We have about 20 deer at least here (i live in WV).
I tried the garden crow motion activated sprinkler...IT WORKS...my neighbors laughed when I told them what I was doing....well they dont laugh now...all their plants are being eaten and mine are fine. It also is stopping my neighbors two dogs from coming in my yard and peeing and pooping.
It may be costly..but you will save in the long run.
Seriously...it is the best for keeping critters out of your yard !!!
Sunday, October 17, 2010 7:23 PM
After spraying strawberries, hostas, corn & roses with a product called "Deer Out" I have not had a problem all summer. It lasts from 90 - 120 days and at approx the cost of a rose bush you can do your entire garden for the summer. I love this product.
Friday, February 25, 2011 6:41 AM
Blood meal will keep deer away from your plants and also fertilizes.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:42 AM
i live in louisana and have 3 garden i love my vegs, i use moth balls around it and i put it around my chicken yard it keeps the snakes out too it does work, but also i found i plant stuff for them and they leave my stuff along, now there happy and am happy
Saturday, December 10, 2011 3:34 PM
Try Deer Out---it has a pleasant lemony smell. Cannot get in stores; must order online; has a similar product for rabbits. Site is
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:19 PM
I intersperse Cleome with my veggies. Deer also love beets. They tend to leave carrots and corn alone. There is also a plant we call "dog-gone coleus" I think it's coleus canina. The leaves can be broken up and spread around your plants.(make sure you wash your hands well after using). It's aroma is similar to skunk and seems to repel the deer, rabbit and raccoons in my area of southern Manitoba.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:46 PM
I live in Montana and have have 2 large gardens in the backyard which is right behind a huge field where the deer bed down and what works for me was to put in a few fence posts and string heavy gauge fishing line about chest high for a deer what they can't see they won't attempt to jump, and it startles them when they run into it. I have just about everything you can think of growing in my garden and there is never even a nibble gone from anything. Before I used this method I had bites gone out of almost everything I had.