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Old 05-14-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Central Falls, RI, USA
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Human hair (get it from a barber or a salon) hung in socks every few feet around the perimeter. That and you can urinate in spots around the garden and 'mark' your territory. I've had good luck with both.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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We live in a highly populated deer area as well and have good luck with an easy to use, all natural solution. To keep deer away from your sunflowers check out: Deer Repellent Packs
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:22 AM
 
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Some people build a high fence around their entire garden. ( a lot of work)

As a dairy farmer who grazed dairy cattle and used only 1 strand electric fence, wouldn't this work?

The only time I had trouble with deer was if they were sprinting full speed and didn't see my grazing wire.

I doubt they would be sprinting full speed near a garden.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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The OP is 4 years old but I know he lives in a neighborhood in suburbia and electric wires are not a good idea at all.

I've tried everything--all the old wives tales...human hair, irish spring soap, DH peeing all over the place---you name it we tried it including expensive commercial sprays and some we made ourselves. the only thing which has worked is the 7 ft tall deer fence we had installed this past fall. We are in the process of moving all day lilies and other susceptible plants to the back. They still nibble at the iris and balloon flowers and purple leaf cones flowers and well damn...... just about everything left in the front except the daffodils. Even caught one on my front porch having a snack on my porch plants. I hate deer with a passion.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:56 AM
 
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The OP is 4 years old but I know he lives in a neighborhood in suburbia and electric wires are not a good idea at all.

I've tried everything--all the old wives tales...human hair, irish spring soap, DH peeing all over the place---you name it we tried it including expensive commercial sprays and some we made ourselves. the only thing which has worked is the 7 ft tall deer fence we had installed this past fall. We are in the process of moving all day lilies and other susceptible plants to the back. They still nibble at the iris and balloon flowers and purple leaf cones flowers and well damn...... just about everything left in the front except the daffodils. Even caught one on my front porch having a snack on my porch plants. I hate deer with a passion.

I will also question home remedies.

Usually, before a person goes thru the hard work and cost of building a tall fence they have already tried every method under the sun.

Last spring I planted 3 nice Colorado Blue Spruce in my front lawn
$22 each as they were nice sized.
Only one time last winter did the deer bother them but I think one tree won't make it as even the bark was chewed.

The other two have abundant new growth and now are as high as my belt loop on my jeans.
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:46 PM
 
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Default Deer Be Gone

I have used a highly effective product called Deer Be Gone by I Must Garden. I have seen success in deer staying away from all flowers and even hostas. I needs to be applied only as the new shoots are emerging and flower buds begin. Once the plant is established, you can forget about it. I love this stuff and will never garden again without it.
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I Must Garden is a company right here in Chapel Hill. I've used her products too and anything will work for a few days maybe but deer are pretty smart and kow how to get around most every product made to keep them away except a FENCE! I bet we spent more money on repellents and replacing plants and spray cans etc than we spent on the fence we finally gotl
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:25 PM
 
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1/3 cup dishwashing liquid
1/3 cup hot sauce
3 beaten eggs
2 gallons water
Spray safely on any plant, but must do weekly or after rain.
Saved everything from the mobs of deer around us in Ohio.

Tractor Supply makes a deer feed. Put that out, and that’s what they’ll go for preferentially.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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have found the scarecrow water sprayers to be pretty effective but with tall plants like corn or sunflowers you might have to set up four to cover all sides of your garden patch.

Just finished installing a 7 1/2 ft tall (100' linear) deer fence around the second of my three garden patches using t-posts, 1 1/2" -- 10 ft bamboo stakes, deer netting and a crap load of zip-ties. The t-posts were free and the fencing and bamboo stakes were about $100/each.

www.critterfence.com
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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The OP is 4 years old but I know he lives in a neighborhood in suburbia and electric wires are not a good idea at all.

I've tried everything--all the old wives tales...human hair, irish spring soap, DH peeing all over the place---you name it we tried it including expensive commercial sprays and some we made ourselves. the only thing which has worked is the 7 ft tall deer fence we had installed this past fall. We are in the process of moving all day lilies and other susceptible plants to the back. They still nibble at the iris and balloon flowers and purple leaf cones flowers and well damn...... just about everything left in the front except the daffodils. Even caught one on my front porch having a snack on my porch plants. I hate deer with a passion.
Letting the dogs chase them away works just dandy! You have to be able to trust your dogs to stop at the property line, though. And not to try and CATCH the deer.

The orchardists around here use TEN foot tall fencing! I used to have to just live with the deer browsing, but my current two dogs don't like the deer either, so the deer tend to stay away lately.
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