Have deer started to tip toe into your yard? If so, you know that in no time they can devour plants, flowers, shrubbery, and more. The good news is, there are simple and natural ways you can repel deer and keep them out of your yard. None of these deer repellents involve hurting the deer, just naturally deterring deer from your yard which you work so hard to maintain. Take a peek at these 5 simple ways to repel deer so you can enjoy a deer-free yard.
5 Natural Ways to Repel Deer
1. Place scented deterrents down.
Deer will stay clear of certain scented deterrents placed in their path. Some of these deterrents include garlic, hair clippings, fabric softener, and moth balls. If deer seem to be visiting a certain spot in your yard, place one of these items near their entry.
2. Try noise to scare them away.
Keep a whistle on hand to blow when you see them. The noise may alone spook them and cause them to stay clear. You can also try noisemakers to startle them and keep them from visiting the area.
3. Utilize fencing.
Simple fencing can keep deer from coming into your yard. Fences should be a good 7-8 high feet to keep deer out and wrap around the perimeter of the yard. You can also try lining your yard with thorny bushes that will discourage deer from wandering in.
4. Plant deer safe perennials.
Plant perennials that don’t typically attract deer. These perennials will not appeal to them as far as scent and taste, and so the deer will go elsewhere to dine. Some examples include aster, mint, black-eyed Susans, lamb’s ear, and lavender.
5. Keep salt/water based items out of your yard.
Keep any animal foods that contain salt out of your yard. Deer love salt, and so using any food or landscaping items with salt in them will only attract them. At the same time, avoid keeping any ponds or water sources out of your yard that they can sip from.
When you give these 5 simple tips for repelling deer a try, you can enjoy a deer free yard all season long!