I have discovered what really works to keep deer out of a garden and will pass along these secrets. The frustration factor of watching my prized produce not make it to the dinner table was too much. Here is how to fight back and win.
Bank Vault Deer Protection
My neighbor has the ultimate best protection for his garden. Having 5 acres in a country setting, there is a fence around the entire property. Inside that fence are several horses with constant movement. The garden is located inside a second fence built to keep the horses out of that area. There are 2 large dogs that run around with the horses. A bank vault would be easier for the deer to break into than this garden.
This first method of deer protection can just be one simple fence around the garden. The neighbor’s garden fence is pretty attractive horse fencing with wire netting around it that does not show unless you look closely. Any fence that is high enough to repel deer from jumping it will work. This is the best way to protect your valuable crops, and probably the most expensive. The drawback besides the expense and labor is that an open look is no longer available to display your garden with pride.
Deer Netting Really Works
The second way of protecting the garden that I have discovered works great is deer netting. Home improvement stores sell this in rolls for around 20 bucks. The label may say wildlife netting, and you simply roll out what is needed to cover a row of plants and cut the size needed. My pepper plants are about 3 feet apart so I cover 2 rows with one piece of netting. To protect tomato plants the cages are wrapped.
When this netting is used deer cannot eat the plants because they have no hands to remove the covering. This method is inexpensive but the drawback is difficult access for the gardener. To work in the area requires removing the netting then replacing it. Weights such as rocks must be arranged to hold down the netting for windy days. Small plants must be handled with care to loosely place the netting on them to allow for growth.
Seriously Scale Down the Garden
The third way to stop deer invasion is to scale down their garden substantially. If you remember Oliver Wendell Douglas from the Green Acres TV show, then pictures of his garden on the penthouse balcony may come to mind. Tomatoes planted in large pots on a deck or enclosed patio will create a lot of product and be safe from problems with deer.
There are so many hocus pocus ideas to repeal deer including various harsh sprays, smelly stuff, and even keeping a loud radio in the garden. The ideas above should offer the best guarantee to make your garden a safe one from dear invasion.