Tips for Deer Resistant Plants and Deer Deterrents 

Deer may like your plants, but gardening is fun. Planning and practice can make your garden less inviting to deer and more resistant to browsing. Choose deer-resistant plants and deer deterrents to safeguard your landscape.  

Find out which plants deer avoid in your area before buying. Although no plant is deer-proof, some are less appealing owing to taste, aroma, or texture.  

1. Research Deer Preferences

Use native plants in your garden because they resist deer browsing. Local fauna and native species may have natural deer defences.  

2. Native Plants

Lavender, thyme, sage, and rosemary discourage deer with their powerful scents. Plant them strategically around vulnerable plants to provide a natural barrier.  

3. Fragrant Herbs

Choose deer-unfriendly plants with fuzzy, thorny, or harsh foliage. Lamb's ear, yarrow, barberry, and ornamental grasses.  

4. Texture and Foliage

To prevent deer from jumping over, fence your garden with metal or polypropylene mesh at least 8 feet tall. Use individual plant cages for fragile species.  

5. Physical Barriers

Apply commercial deer repellents with garlic, capsaicin, or predator urine to plants per manufacturer's directions. Reapply after rain or as needed for continued protection.  

6. Repellents

Use motion-activated sprinklers, flashing lights, or noise-emitting gadgets to scare deer away from your garden.  

7. Scare Tactics

Deter deer from your garden by inviting coyotes, foxes, or dogs (if suitable for your location and property).  

8. Natural Predators

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