5 Physical Deer Deterrents
Protecting your yard and garden is not an easy feat. It takes multiple approaches at the same time if you want to get as close as possible to a 100% deer-free yard. Remember, nothing is 100%. When deer are starving due to things like overpopulation in the area or a drought, they will come to your yard pretty quickly. You could seal in your house with a 20 foot solid wall which would give you 100% less deer. But, then you wouldn’t be getting in or out either, not to mention the unsightly fortress you just created.
The best place to start is a professional deer repellent spray service, like Deer Solution®. Since deer have a natural aversion to the spray used. Deer repellent spray is your baseline defense. It will help keep those pesky deer that get around your other defenses from eating your plants. But, you can help bolster your defenses with physical barriers that also make your yard less appealing to deer.
To start off, one really useful tactic is a barrier. As with every one of these recommendations, they are not the only thing you should use because deer will find a way. The use of these ideas plus a good commercial repellent spraying schedule is the only way to get maximum protection from deer.
With normal wooden fencing, keep it above 6 feet since deer have amazing jumping abilities. Also make sure the fence goes into the ground. Deer will dig under if so inclined. Also, if the deer can see through the fence they are more likely to at least try hard to get into your yard. This makes solid fencing best. However, this can block your beautiful views of your yard from the road. Also you are left looking at a wooden wall when trying to take in the scenic views your property offers.
That then brings in e-fencing, which Deer Solution® uses. Electric fencing is a great deterrent because it can take only one time interacting with it. This teaches the deer to stay away. The shock of the fence is not harmful to the deer. It is a scare from something they do not know. Do not something use if you have children who play in your yard. You want to protect them from any potential harm. You will also want to check with local zoning laws to make sure electric fencing is allowed. Special attention will need to be given to upkeep electric fencing. Overgrown plants around the base of the fencing can cause shorts which would render the fence useless against deer.
Double layers of fencing can make an even better deer deterrent. Deer don’t like being in small confined places. They will not want to jump over a fence and land facing another fence. Keep the two fences about 5 to 6 feet apart. This approach to fencing does not have to be as tall and robust as a single layer of fencing.
2: Netting / Fishing Line
Deer / Bird netting and wire mesh, while not infallible, is effective when used in conjunction with deer repellent spraying from a reputable professional. It is typically black mesh attached to posts. It is an effective way of protecting your garden. How ever, you should have it at least 8 feet tall. As stated earlier, if the deer can see through it, they will attempt getting in.
Another even simpler choice is to protect individual plants with netting. You only need to protect the ones that deer go after. Place nets over fruit trees, bushes, and sprouting bulbs. There is the added benefit that it will keep birds away from your fruit.
Make sure to put flags on it for the first couple months. Deer will not see the netting if they are standing too far back. If they get spooked they can run straight into it. When running into netting, deer will get tangle up, potentially ripping through. They may even still get to your plants or pull the whole thing down as they free themselves.
Or place fishing line at around two to three feet off the ground in a border to startle deer. They do not like touch and not knowing where it is coming from. They also will be deterred from jumping over since they do not know where it ends. Just make sure that children and pets will not be injured by it.
Deer SolutionⓇ spray repellent plus lining the border of your yard with hedges is a very successful tactic. It acts similarly to fencing but looks a lot better. Deer are unable to see the plants on the other side of the hedge, giving them less incentive. Make sure to maintain hedges as to make sure that they block the sight line into your yard. Thorny hedges are even better because there is less of a desire for deer to push through.
4: Bulky Objects
A wide area of large bulky objects like rocks can keep deer out of areas of your yard. It is not foolproof though. Make sure to use a professional repellent spray company to get the strongest potential protection. Similarly to cattle guards, hooved animals like deer do not like climbing over things. You just need to make sure that it is not a small enough area that they can jump over with a clear landing area. Rock gardens are a great tool because there is not a clearly defined landing spot. Chopped wood can also make a good irregular border.
Along the lines of deer not liking to climb, tiered or terraced gardens are another deterrent. Steep and sheer slopes are a great alternative to rocks and wood. The harder it is for them to navigate the better protection you will have.
5: Lawn Decorations And More
Moving lawn ornaments make a good scare strategy while added in addition to professional deer repellent spray applications. Utilizing the fact that deer spook easily by the unknown, things like motion-activated sprinklers, spinning lawn decorations, and wind chimes can make a good deterrent. If you get a motion-activated sprinkler that uses infrared, it will work day and night. Both of these are great tools in the harmless-to-deer playbook.
Noise as a deterrent makes a good option to check out. Wind chimes make sounds when least expected due to wind. Use on trees during mating season can keep deer from destroying trees by rubbing their antlers on them. This act will set off noise from the wind chimes. Remember that deer will get used to it so change out the type of wind chimes every so often. For instance, switch from a metal one to a wooden one. This change in sound will keep them guessing.
One thing to keep in mind is that deer will get used to it. You can stretch this period by making sure the movements of the object are random. This way deer are more weary of it because they never know if it is going to start moving. The best way to go about this is to change the ornaments every so often. The time to do this really depends on the particular deer that encountered it and how readily available food is.
Depending on the size of the area you are protecting, you may need more than one sprinkler. Also move the sprinkler around your yard so the deer never know where the water will be coming from. Again, new things scare deer. Taller sprinklers will give better results because the water jet can clear taller plants. Keep in mind that the sprinkler route is ineffective in the winter due to the water being frozen in the hose.
Use In Conjunction With Repellent Spray
None of these tactics are foolproof and should be used in conjunction with deer spray to get protection as close to 100% as possible. It is also recommended that repellents in your tool belt should rotate every so often so as to not let deer get used to any single one. Over time you will get a good understanding of what is working and what isn’t. Deer SolutionⓇ professional spray application helps give a baseline defense.