Along with warm temperatures, summer is a time for your newly planted vegetable and flower seedlings to get established in the soil. If you've been noticing that some plants have been being disturbed before you have a chance to harvest anything, it's important to find the culprit. Utilizing an outdoor camera or sitting near your garden early in the morning hours can help assist with piecing the clues together. Trampled plants, pebble-like droppings, and hoof prints are all signs that a deer invasion may be the cause. Deer love most plants and veggie gardens, and unless you have your garden area blocked off, they will easily invade. Here are just a few ways to thwart off these pesky thieves.
One of the best ways to keep deer and other animals at bay is to install a deer fence. This type of fence is best identified by its size. Generally between six and eight feet tall a deer fence can surround the entire perimeter of your garden or yard space. Deer fences, made from polypropylene, steel, or welded wire, have a tightly woven design that helps keep deer and other larger animals such as elk and dogs, out of the garden. Avoid trampled down gardens and plants by having a professional contractor install a fence that meets your needs and budget.
Scare Tactic Methods
You can also keep deer away by using scare tactics that will help make them think twice about entering your garden area. If you only have a partial deer fence, or another type of fence up that is still not keeping deer away, try some other ideas, including:
- A sprinkler system that operates at dusk and in the early morning—when deer are more likely to visit.
- Doubling up smaller garden fences—deer are less likely to leap over two at the same time.
- Utilizing predator urine to deter a deer from entering the garden area.
- Natural repellents such as garlic, sulfur and hot pepper, to cause deer to turn up their nose at your garden.
- A motion- and noise-activated scarecrow.
- Adding an electric fence to smaller garden fences.
Using one or multiple scare tactics may help keep deer from taking over your planting area.
Some plants can help keep deer and other larger predators from wanting to come near your garden. Adding a border of rosemary and oregano can help give off oils and scents that deer may not like. Include garlic, asparagus, and rhubarb within your garden, near other plants and vegetables. This may also keep predators, especially deer away from your garden.
Cover Plants At Night
You may want to try covering your plants at night and then removing it in the morning. This is beneficial if you find that deer are most active in your garden and yard during the evening and early morning. In addition to covering some plants, you can also add small wire enclosures that are more maintenance free.
In addition to utilizing tried and true methods, contact a fencing company like York Fence Co today to have a new fence installed in possible invasive areas in your yard.