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September is here, and we can’t wait for the cooler weather, changing leaves, and of course, Pumpkin Spice Everything! But with September comes deer season: archery starts on September 12th, and firearms on October 17th. With the hunters of our community preparing their hunting grounds and doing everything in their power to get the deer right where they want them, you’ll probably start seeing more and more deer wandering around your neighborhood.
This leads to two kinds of people: those who are excited to see the deer and want to encourage them to hang around, and those who appreciate the deer but would rather they stay away from their vegetable garden. Whichever one you are, you’re in luck; we’ve compiled a list of ways you can attract or repel deer from your yard.
How to Attract Deer
There are three big factors when it comes to encouraging deer to like your yard. Provide all three, and you’ll have deer wandering through on a daily basis!
Professional gardeners and landscapers recommend planting a specific plot of deer-attracting plants, rather than scattering them around your yard. Giving the deer a specific place to go to with a reliable and plentiful supply of food will result in more and more deer wandering to the new local hotspot.
Where Should I Make It?
You’ll want to keep this special garden a safe distance from your home. While deer are rarely a direct threat to humans or children, bringing them too close to where you live may result in a scare on both sides, which will discourage deer from visiting! Deer can also cause property damage in their escape attempts when confronted with a surprise, so you won’t want to lead them close to lawn ornaments, satellite dishes, or the kids’ sandbox.
What Should I Plant?
There’s an endless list of bushes, flowers, trees, and crops you can plant that deer would happily munch on. You can tailor your choices to what you’d like to have around your home. Are you interested in colorful flowers, or just greenery? Do you have the time to keep up with high-maintenance crops, or do you need a seed-it-and-leave-it clover field?
Here’s just a fraction of the plants you can consider:
Don't Forget the Water!
If you’ve got the land for it, a shallow trench works great for collecting rainwater rather than letting it run off.
Provide Some Coverage
The last thing to keep in mind as you plan out a deer garden is that deer, like many woodland animals, don’t like to be out in the open. Giving them plenty of shrubs, trees, and foliage to hide in will make them safe enough to come around often, and bring their friends!
This might look like bushes, tall grasses, or even climbing vines on a trellis.
How to Repel Deer
Deer are elegant creatures, and we aren’t disputing their importance to the ecosystem and their value as game to feed families. But that doesn’t mean you want them around all the time. Especially when they like to eat half your garden! Deer are a year-round nuisance to gardeners and landscapers alike, but luckily, there a few different methods to help keep them away from your home.
Grow Some Plants Deer Just Don’t Like
Consider moving them closer to your home—if a deer has to cross a lot of open space to get to their favorite snack, they’re likely to just move on. You can also plant some deer-repelling plants around the deer-attracting ones to help disguise their presence.
Level Up Your Landscaping
Like we said earlier, deer are skittish animals and prefer lots of different places to hide. If you take away their cover, they’ll be less likely to linger. This can be as simple as keeping your grass cut short and pruning back excess foliage, but can also be as intensive as adding terraces or different levels to your yard. Deer don’t like to climb or walk up and down steep slopes, so adding dimension to your land is a great deterrent. You could also install fencing around your property—anything that’s tall with no gaps to see through will have deer thinking your yard isn’t worth the effort.
Liquid Sprays and Repellents
If you don’t want to alter your yard or do any gardening to keep deer away, another easy solution is to buy a deer repellent. These usually come in the form of sprays or droppers that deter deer by smells or pheromones. Be forewarned, however, because these can be pretty strong, and don’t smell too great to us humans, either!
Kinetic and Motion Activated Anything
So there you have it. Whether you’re looking to encourage deer to come around or you’d rather they stay far, far away, just a few of these suggestions will ensure you’re fully prepared for the impending deer season!
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