Gardeners and landscapers alike spend quite a bit of time figuring out what plants deer will not eat or seldom touch. Rather than go that route, let’s look at some of their favorites as a way to plan a yard or garden to keep the damage down and where repellent will be most necessary. Here are a few that are proven deer attractors rather than resistors.
Vegetables by and large are the deer’s favorite, but no one is going avoid growing their garden because of this. Tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage and anything sweet smelling while it grows will be a magnet for the local herd. Once they have locked on to it, there will be a difficult time getting rid of them and this is where the repellents come in.
Fruit trees are next on the list with things like apples, cherries and plums. Again, these are very sweet smelling, particularly cherries when the blossoms are in full bloom. Tree protectors will likely be necessary to keep them away from the trees and to guard the bark around the base.
There are many shade trees that deer are attracted to such as balsam fir, Norway Maple and Cornelian Dogwood. Fir trees particularly have a scent that bring deer running and will need some protection to keep them healthy. The only thing that can be done with these is chose a tree that deer avoid instead of planting one that they happen to think is the perfect snack.
By planning out a yard or garden carefully in a deer infested area, a gardener or homeowner can help to keep their property looking as good as the day they moved in. There are wide ranges of plants that are considered to be deer resistant. These may all be located by conducting a brief search online.