How do you keep deer out of your garden without a fence?I just planted a small victory garden in my backyard. The yard is mostly a steep hill, and the patch shown is just about the largest, flattest part. I planted cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, artichokes, and spinach. A few days later, everything but the artichokes has been munched, and there are hoof prints all over. So, knowing I don’t want to build a huge fence for a small hobby level garden, how should I keep deer out?I live in a fairly urban Oakland, CA neighborhood, so despite what one might think and what I might enjoy , hunting the deer is out. I read that human hair works as a repellent, but I don’t need a hair cut anytime soon. Among other ideas, Country Wisdom and Know How suggests that I put a 4 foot barrier of chicken wire on the ground around the garden. Apparently, deer don’t like to walk on chicken wire. Has anyone tried putting chicken wire on the ground? They also suggest tying a dog up in the yard near the garden, but I’m more inclined to the chicken wire idea.
Sudden flashes of light and noise. You could trigger an LED strobe with say an interupted laser beam bounced off a “Cats Eye” bycicle reflector. All electronics would be in one place. (When the photo cell doesn’t see the laser beam bouncing off the reflector the device “fires”.)Least expensive method! Go to your nearest dollar store (everything is a dollar) and purchase four (4) bars of Irish Spring soap. Punch some hole into the boxes and place at all four corners of your garden. The smell will keep the deer away. They can’t stand it! They are very sensory creatures , relying on sight, smell and hearing to survive! Works for me. Works day and night too. Old CD’s suspended around your garden on strings , positioned so they spin in the sun, work well for daytime too. Even keeps birds, woodchucks, bunnies out of my patch! Enjoy! No worries mate!For several years, I thought it was the groundhog that was nipping just the leaves from the virulent weed that multiplies when pulled or nipped (what one would do to make a welcome plant bushier, for ex.) Finally last year I got rid of most of it. same year the dear started on the hostas on opposite side of yard. took a while to figure this one out. DUH. why did the deer not munch hostas before then? Have tried smells, bells, lights and all night radio talk shows. No go. Our deer are very civilized. A trip to the local Lowes, HomeDepot, etc and get some sprinkler heads, a valve and several motion detectors. Setup the sprinklers to spray outward from the garden, connect the heads on one waterline, run the sprinkler head water line to the output side of the water valve, connect the motion detectors (security type they have relay contacts as an output) to the valve coil and battery.
Let the deer wash begin!Well we used to have a dog who would patrol the boundaries when let out and piddle on every fence post (the fence wasn’t high enough to stop deer jumping in) and we never had any problems you could borrow a (male) dog and let him do his stuff on a regular basis OR you could try this it’s supposed to stop foxes, mice, dogs etc so might work for deer. Get some hairy garden twine and some creosote, wear your oldest clothes and several pairs of gloves (unless you like the smell of phenol personally it makes me feel sick!) Soak the twine in the creosote and run a length around the garden for small animals just peg it down to the ground but for deer you should probably put it up a bit higher say hang it on some poles. Creosote is water soluble and toxic to plants (and just about everything else) so make sure you don’t hang it over anything precious or edible. You will need to renew the string every so often ie when it stops stinking. Put it as far away from where you will be working as possible so you don’t have to put up with the smell. You might find that if you can find a way that stops deer coming in that they will take the hint and not try for a while ie they’ll look for easier pickings see if you can persuade your neighbours to grow deer friendly crops so they go there instead ; ) Now does anyone know how gto keep the Australian Possum out of your garden?In my opinion, blackberry bushes make a good perimeter bush and will provide you with blackberry goodness too. Trestle them properly and you won’t have to let them get so wide that you can not reach the center of the bramble. This could also allow you to have small sections of fence or a “gate” somewhere around your garden. Aside from an Asimo wearing old work clothes, not much will deter a dedicated animal, including deer, from getting to the tasty greens. Another method I found useful was leaving something out for them, depending on you climate, tomatoes are hardy and delicious as well as certain varieties of leafy greens. In any case, I recommend researching your local tips and tricks while you develop your garden. They can’t stand the sulfur. Keep the bottle in fridge and refresh the scent after a few days, or after rain. Haunt the thrift stores for one or several “Big Mouth Billy Bass” and place in the area where the deer enter the area. If a little bit of light shines on them, the motion detector will trigger the motion and sound, scaring the bejeebers out of deer, bunnies and the occasional neighborhood cat or dog, causing them to stay clear of your garden.
IRISH SPRING I read this one in American Hunter magazine It said that hanging bars of Irish Spring soap in and around the garden would repel the deer. Then it went on to ask WHY would a hunting publication tell you how to repel deer? The answer was: Think about it! No I haven’t tried it I like the deer in my yard. Also Oakland is zone A1 (I live only a couple of miles south of you) and in season a cross bow WOULD be legal but of course ONLY for bucks and how often do you see one of those.
Simplest and most effective will be lion poo. You can pick up this from a garden centre, if they do not do it then you should go to a bigger chain that will do. In the UK all the garden / home improvement depots have this on sale. It is most effective when wet as it has a stronger odour. As the deer will pick up on the scent and be intimidated by the fact that theirs something around that could eat them. A 25 kilo bag should last you a long tim as you will not need much of it.
Most of the sprays you can buy work well, I use them for some of my landscape clients. the spray will NOT work 100%. you need a fence, but if you don’t want one then make the spray out of all the worst smelling things you can think of. Eggs. fish oil. etc. blend them up and put them in to a low pressure sprayer. coat all of the plants with it. you have to do this after every rain, or you can use a fertalizer called molorginite. it is made out of kiln dried human fecies, so wash your hands after. you dump the bag in to a road cone and make a one inch wide trail around all of your planting areas. or you can amend it in to the soil with the plants. this is also not a 100% but it will help. What really works is Sweeney All Season Weatherproof Deer Repellent. IAll Season uses dried blood, a scent based repellent, to trigger an innate response in deer, which, in turn, causes a flight response. (Studies have shown that, next to fenced enclosures, blood is the most effective way to repel deer.) All Season produces no noxious smells to humans and is a safe, natural, environmentally friendly product that can be used in any garden, including vegetable gardens. The repellent is packaged in a weather proof container that is designed to allow the scent to escape but keep rain and other elements at bay. Just stake the containers in the ground or hang them in shrubs four to eight feet apart throughout the desired protection area. If you plant these as a beautiful border they will stay away from your eating plants. Also plant something they CAN eat in another area of your yard to make that area more attractive to them. Seeds for these plants are inexpensive. There are books on the subject. Check out the library and internet for a list of plants deer do not like. This isn’t perfect because if hungry enough they will eat anything but it should make things easier for you with little expense.