Deer Proofing Your Lawn

Deer proofing your lawn can be done with a few proactive steps that will protect your turf, garden and flower beds. Deer are an elegant animal and many homeowners enjoy seeing them graze in nearby fields. However, when they are munching on prize tulips or scratching up the backyard in search of acorns, they can be viewed as pests.

Put Up Fencing to Keep Deer Out
Fencing areas you do not want deer to infiltrate and graze is the most effective way to handle them. Fence your entire yard if that’s in the budget. Or simply fence your vegetable garden or the areas nearest to your home where your flower beds and the shrubs deer find so tasty are located. The fence should be at least 4 feet high; a 6-foot fence is better.
Many of you won’t want to fence the yard because you consider fencing, even decorative types, an eyesore. Others live in neighborhoods with regulations restricting fencing. You’ll need to take other measures to keep the peace with the neighborhood deer herd.

Use Deer Repellent to Prevent Damage
As deer populations explode across the country, deer moving into neighborhoods has become far more common. As a result, a host of deer-repellent products have been developed.
In any lawn and garden store, you’ll find a handful of sprays that deer find very unappealing.

Area Repellents Smell Bad to Deer
One class of deer spray is known as area repellent. it is designed keep deer out with the use of smells they find unpleasant. Part of the problem is that you may find them unpleasant as well. They are best used at the boundaries of your property rather than on the shrubs next to your deck chairs.

Choose a dry day to apply area repellents. Spray the entire trunk of small-diameter trees. Spray the leafy foliage below 6 feet on larger trees. It will also help if you keep the branches of large trees trimmed above 6 feet, the typical upper height at which deer can feed.

Contact Repellents Taste Bad to Deer
The second effective class of deer spray is known as contact repellent. It is non-toxic and won’t harm the plants on which it is sprayed. It won’t harm the deer either. There is a wide variety of contact deer repellents produced including those that contain bitter apple or pepper products.

If you want to try your own concoction, there are dozens of recipes which you can quickly find online. Making them can be time-consuming, messy and even expensive.
Contact repellent can be sprayed directly onto fruits, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and any other vegetation deer find delicious. Be sure to thoroughly wash anything that has been sprayed before you eat it.

Also, raspberries, blackberries and similar segmented berries are difficult to wash thoroughly, so you may want to fence these bushes instead of using spray.

Summary
These are your best options for deer proofing your lawn. You may need to employ all of them to effectively keep deer from damaging your turf, trees, flowers and vegetables.

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