How To Keep Deer Out Of A Vegetable Garden

Backyard Spruce


If you’ve ever gardened before, you know how quickly deer can destroy your hard work. But don’t despair! You can keep them out of your vegetable garden with a few easy steps.

Here’s an overview of five ways to deter deer from feasting on your precious veggies and flowers:

  1. Installing a fence
  2. Planting deer-resistant varieties
  3. Using natural repellents
  4. Trying other deterrents
  5. Monitoring the garden for damage

With these tips, you’ll be able to protect your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor without having to worry about pesky deer getting in the way.

Install a Fence

Installing a tall fence around your garden is the best way to keep those pesky deer out! Before purchasing materials, decide what type of fencing you want and make sure it meets local requirements.

A fence should be at least 8 feet high, although some experts suggest making it higher if possible. To ensure maximum effectiveness against deer, use deer-proof netting or metal mesh wire with openings no larger than 4 inches wide.

Make sure there are no gaps anywhere along the length of the fence, as this can provide an easy access point for deer. Once the fence is installed securely and properly, remember to check it regularly for any damage that may have occurred over time.

With a tall and secure fence in place, you can rest assured that your vegetable garden will remain protected from curious deer!

Plant Deer Resistant Vegetables and Flowers

Planting deer-resistant veggies and flowers is the easiest way to keep those pesky critters from munching on your precious harvest. To do this, you can research which plants are least likely to attract deer.

Certain types of aromatic herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme, and lavender work great as a natural deterrent, as does garlic or marigolds. You should also consider planting a variety of vegetables that have strong scents or bitter tastes such as broccoli and cauliflower.

For added protection against deer in your garden, you can add other attractive plants that will draw them away from the vegetables. These could include trees that provide food for birds or areas with lush native grasses that attract wildlife.

Finally, be sure to employ proper planting techniques such as arranging vegetation in patches instead of rows so it’s harder for deer to find what they’re looking for in your garden!

Use Natural Repellents

If you’re looking for another way to deter deer, try using natural repellents. Natural repellents are made from plant-based materials and help to discourage deer from entering and feeding in your vegetable garden. They can be applied directly around the perimeter of the garden, on plants, or both.

Some common natural repellents include garlic spray, soap shavings, egg-water mixtures, and predator urine. These products often need to be reapplied every two weeks or after a heavy rain.

Additionally, consider planting strongly scented herbs like lavender or rosemary that will discourage deer entry as well as add flavor to your dishes!

Try Other Deterrents

Adding some motion-activated devices to your property can be a fun and effective way to deter wildlife. Motion-activated lights can surprise and scare away deer, while also attracting predators who could help keep the deer population under control. Motion sensors are generally easy to set up, and many have adjustable settings so you can choose how sensitive they are.

Setting up an ultrasonic device in your garden is also an option; these devices send out sound waves that humans can’t hear but which may cause distress or confusion for wild animals like deer.

Another option that I have tried over the years on my peach trees is to hang ivory soap from a string on the branches of the crop attracting the deer. The scent of the soap will actually turn deer away from munching on the fruit. Best of all, the bars of soap tend to last all season long despite being rained on.

Lastly, setting up a sprinkler system with motion sensors that activate when the deer approach will startle them into leaving your garden alone. With just a few simple steps, you can create an environment that keeps deer away without harming them!

Monitor the Garden for Damage

Checking your garden for signs of deer damage is a great way to stay on top of the issue. It’s important to pay attention to the changes in your garden since deer might not be deterred by other means.

If you find evidence that deer are visiting, there are other methods you can use such as attracting predators or using hazing techniques. Monitoring your garden closely will help you identify when these strategies may need to be applied.

Make sure to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity or footprints and inspect plants and vegetable beds for signs of nibbling or trampling. Taking action as soon as possible is key to protecting your garden from major damage.