Deer like to nibble on fruit trees almost as much as humans love to nibble on the fruit they bear. If the yard contains fruit trees and deer are local to the area, these trees will quickly become a snack for hungry deer. One way to keep deer out of the yard is to install a deer fence. A less expensive method is to make homemade deer repellent and apply it to the trees.
Deer may eat the fruit, leaves, and bark of these trees. When they get to the bark, this may cause the tree to die. Commercial deer repellent often contains chemicals not suitable for application for a fruit tree. Deer repellent recipes that use natural ingredients are safe for these trees and for humans.
One recipe recommended for fruit trees uses two cups of water, eight cloves of garlic, three tablespoons of cayenne pepper, three eggs, two tablespoons of hot sauce. Four ounces of Wilt-Pruf Plant protector may be added to this list. It is used to keep the fruit trees healthy and extend the life of the deer repellent.
The ingredients should be placed in a blender container and blended. Continue blending until the garlic is well-chopped and then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Once per week, spray the fruit trees with this solution. Trees should also be sprayed following a rainstorm because the repellent may be washed away by the rain.
Using deer repellent recipes like this keeps deer from eating the trees and leaves the fruit safe for consumption. Some recipes add a few tablespoons of dish soap to the ingredient list but all ingredients should be safe for the trees. If the proper items are not used, the fruit tree will die and the deer will move on to nibble on other plants.