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Old 03-21-2008, 11:16 PM
 
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I post this as the snow is falling & 13 deer are wandering around my backyard...

In the dreaming of spring (which I guess started yesterday).... wondering what plants and/or foliage are the best to plant if one has frequent night visitors such as several deer?

This will be the first spring in our home & while it will mostly be clean up, we still want to liven the place up a little but not plant things that the deer will eat.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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Deer are very hungry, I haven't found much that deer won't eat. And I've heard people swear their appetites vary somewhat by location. One thing deer will not touch is daffodils or crocuses. They do not bother my butterfly (buddleia) bushes...Hmm, I've been sitting here thinking for quite a while, with little to add, so I think it would save time posting a link.

ShopZone Store (Deer-resistant Plants)

We have a real deer problem here, I spray Bobbex once every month or so on all my gardens, and it really helps. Good luck!
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Chester, NJ (Morris County)
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In our area (Northern NJ) we have a similar problem with the deer. Here is link to another list of the deer-resistant plants that was compiled by Rutgers University:

Chester Garden Club Articles : Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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I'd do a better job telling you what not to plant. LOL The deer LOVE my hostas, apparently more than I love them Don't plant hostas for sure!
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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A tall strong fence is the best protection. You won't have much in the way of plants otherwise. Sounds like they're overpopulated if there're that many at once. So they'll be after anything they can eat...
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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I posted somehhwer else about jalapenos, right along with the seeds. If they're going to eat my plants, they're going to burn their little mouths while they do it!
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Telford, TN
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A .308 with a good scope is a fine deer deterrent.
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, FL
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I have about 6-10 deer a night going through my yard. After about 10 years living here I found a couple things that work. I put up a fence, (I'm still trying to grow azaleas) but they put their head over and munch on those.. so I'm not real successful .. I should have made it higher

I have what is referred to as a "scarecrow". I have some plant beds for my flowers. I attach the scarecrow to a hose (it has a sensor on it.. and activates when something walks by it shooting water at the deer.) This has worked best.

Some plants I found to have not been eaten yet are: Anise (bush/tree), Daphne (poisoness -sp?), holly anything, wax myrtles and they seem to not care for boxwoods or rhododendrons. For some reason they like impatients, pansy, but not begonias as far as annuals. They also don't like daisies, or peonys. Check your area to make sure they grow in that zone.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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You are lucky, the deer love our rhododendrons and begonias!
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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There is a fertilizer made from sewage plant products that I am told deer will nto go near. If you use that fertilizer they will stay away from your plants. Sounds kind of disgusting though, but I am told that it does nto smell reall strongly.
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