How I Saved My Garden With the Best Deer Deterrent Ever

Updated on February 1, 2018
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As an unwilling host to cute, yet destructive, deer for the past year, I've learned which repellent methods work and which don't.

The guests who just won't leave!
The guests who just won't leave! | Source

This is when all the trouble started. Mom doe and her twin babies liked the neighborhood hospitality so much, they invited the rest of the family to stay—and by stay I mean just that. They've made this grassy knoll in my backyard their living room for the past year. These visitors are a large and friendly family of white-tailed deer. Although they're adorable and charming, they totally lack the ability to pick up on social cues. Using bold and blatant tactics, I have attempted to convey that they have overstayed their welcome, yet they still remain.

Did You Know?

Another term for a herd of deer is a mob? Mob aptly describes my crew of daily visitors. They're like a mob of hungry teenagers, pillaging and plundering the fridge.

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Rude behavior: What was once a nice garden is now overrun with hooligans.Plants sprayed with smelly potions were yanked out in disgustSneakin' in for snack timeUhh...just smellin', that's all.
Rude behavior: What was once a nice garden is now overrun with hooligans.
Rude behavior: What was once a nice garden is now overrun with hooligans. | Source
Plants sprayed with smelly potions were yanked out in disgust
Plants sprayed with smelly potions were yanked out in disgust | Source
Sneakin' in for snack time
Sneakin' in for snack time
Uhh...just smellin', that's all.
Uhh...just smellin', that's all. | Source

Why They Kept Sticking Around

Over the years, I've had many deer visit my garden, and I am usually able to persuade them to move on to other yards. This family, however, just was not picking up my hints. They seemed to be digging in—their quick, easy, and free meals of deer corn provided by my neighbor were just too tempting, and my garden provided the perfect assorted desserts for after dinner.

Now would be a good time to remind you not to feed deer. You may think you're doing a nice thing, but feeding deer does them more harm than good.

In order to preserve my garden, I decided something had to be done. I tried various methods to keep the deer away. Some methods worked while others did not. I'll share my experience below.

Home Remedies to Keep Deer Away

I began my assault with low tech and inexpensive common home remedies to keep deer out of my garden. Here's the list of what I tried and how they worked. These may work for your neighborhood deer, and I suggest you try some of them first before investing too much money in other methods. Using a combination of concoctions seems to work the best; rotate them often to confuse and confound.

  1. Irish Spring (Might work)
    • Smells really nice, and some creatures must think so, too, because many of the bars I set out were clawed and gnawed at. I found remnants scattered about. Could it have been the work of raccoons in cahoots with the deer?
    • Hang unwrapped bars of this strongly scented soap in mesh bags.
    • This could work if there aren't clever, thieving creatures around.
  2. Fabric Softener Sheets (Doesn't work)
    • I read that if you strategically place these sheets in your garden, pests will avoid it due to the smell. My garden smells freshly washed, but the deer didn't seem to mind.
  3. Chili Powder (Works)
    • I sprinkled some around my plants and even on the leaves. I think this did work, to some degree, because my plants are still intact.
  4. Hot Pepper and Mint Plants (Works)
    • Deer don't like to eat smelly plants, and mint appears to be one of their least favorite. I read that planting mint around a garden can deter them. I went a step further and planted some hot peppers around the perimeter. So far, this border defense seems to be working.
  5. Human Hair (Might work)
    • The theory behind this method is that if the deer are afraid of humans, the scent might repel them.
    • Next time you get a haircut, ask them to save the clippings.
    • Sprinkle the hair around your plants.
    • If the sight of hair mulch puts you off—it makes me gag!—you can wrap some in cheesecloth (like a tea bag) and hang them.
  6. Dried Blood Meal (Didn't work)
    • This is generally a beef product and comes in powder form. The scent of blood is thought to signal danger is near and send the deer away, but it will also attract carrion-eating birds—I can confirm this.
    • It did not affect the deer, but it did bring crows to my garden.
    • If you do try it, be careful of the amount you use because the high nitrogen content can harm your plants.

Homemade Deer Repellent Recipes

Again, some of these may work for you, some may not. You'll have to try them out to see what your neighborhood deer respond to.

  • Red Hot Chili Pepper Spray (Works to some degree)
    • This recipe is courtesy of North Dakota State University horticulturist Ron Smith. This guy knows what he's talking about.
    • Warning: Handle the peppers very carefully—they are extremely spicy. Start the blender at the lowest speed to avoid splashing on yourself.
    • Ingredients:
      • 4 habanero peppers
      • 1/4 cup of water
      • 2 tbsp of olive oil (or vegetable oil)
      • 2 squirts of Elmer’s glue
      • 2 squirts of dish soap
    • Instructions:
      • Blend the peppers in enough water to liquefy.
      • Strain the mixture through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a jar with a lid. Don’t skip this step or the solids will clog the spray bottle.
      • Mix in the olive oil, glue, and dish soap. This helps the mixture stick to the plants.
      • Add the mixture to a spray bottle, and dilute with enough water to get a 1:10 concentration (1 part mixture to 10 parts water).
  • Rotten Egg Spray (Works)
    • Eggs contain sulfur compounds, and when they decompose, they release a putrid gas called hydrogen sulfide. The smell is worse than a bad case of morning breath!
    • Ingredients:
      • 6-8 eggs
      • 6 cloves garlic (you can add more if you want)
      • 5 cups water
      • 2 squirts of Elmer's glue
      • 2 squirts of dish soap
    • Instructions:
      • Blend the eggs in water.
      • Pour into a container with a lid, and let it sit outside for several days to ferment.
      • Strain the mixture into a spray bottle and enjoy.
      • This spray needs to be applied often.

Commercial Deer Repellent Sprays & Gadgets

Let's start some serious deer scrammin'! Below are inexpensive products that deter deer.
Let's start some serious deer scrammin'! Below are inexpensive products that deter deer. | Source
  1. Liquid Fence and Havahart Deer Off II (Both work)
    • These sprays are made of all the vilest smelling ingredients imaginable. It seems that deer are very picky with their noses, and they are frustrated by these sprays.
    • The deer have tasted some of the treated plants, but they usually leave the rest alone.
    • In order to ward off the whole family, I end up bathing the plants in the smelly solution; this covers the plants in unsightly blotches of white when dried.
    • It's good to rotate these sprays to keep them guessing. Spray every few weeks and after a rain.
  2. Sweeney's 5600-6 Deer Repellent, 6 Bait Stations (Doesn't seem to work)
    • These bait stations are called all-season, weatherproof deer repellents.
    • They have a "patented design that triggers the flight response in deer" and is supposedly odorless to humans.
    • Funny thing about these stations: every night, something would take the little bait disk off the metal stake and leave it a few feet away. Lately, I've noticed that there are not only bait stations missing, but the metal stakes are also bent.
  3. Solar NG-001 Predator Control Light by Nite Guard (Works)
    • This is a really simple device. It flashes a red light strobe that frightens the animals. It's waterproof and solar powered.
    • I hung this near my tomato plants, and when combined with the chili powder, I have not had any nibbles.
    • Others have commented that many people have mistaken their strobe light for an advanced security system, so it could also serve as an inexpensive theft deterrent.
  4. ScareCrow Motion-Activated Animal Repellent by Contech (Works best)
    • Finally—something that works reliably! This motion sensor water sprinkler works great night and day. It can be set to squirt a narrow area or 360 degrees. It's fun to watch, too! Do be careful though. You most definitely will get hit with a jet of water when you're first setting it up.
    • Why I like it:
      • There's no need for smelly sprays.
      • It's fun to watch.
      • Doesn't harm the animal.
      • Uses little water. It shoots a pulse of water for three seconds and repeats after eight seconds if the target is still in the area.
      • Can be connected to other ScareCrows to cover more area
      • Can detect an animal as far as 30 ft away
      • Can be used to ward off cats, dogs, bunnies, kangaroos, and even door-to-door salesmen
      • 2-year limited warranty

Helpful ScareCrow Tips

  • The sensitivity can be set to detect large or small animals and at various distances. It takes a few tries to successfully adjust the sensor eye, and be prepared to get sprayed while trying.
  • Set your scarecrow in position. Before turning the water on, walk across the area you plan to protect. If you can hear the trigger click, you have successfully aligned your scarecrow.
  • If your area has hard water, you may find that a mineral residue forms on your unit. Hard water deposits on mine developed a thin, white crust on the entire unit. You can easily clean this off the sensor eye to ensure correct performance.
  • You may want to anchor your scarecrow with a stake. The mechanism violently shakes when spraying, causing it to shift position if not secured properly.
  • The unit comes with an attachable scarecrow decal. I chose not to use mine because I liked the plain look better. Note: the manual mentions that the decal can frighten small birds.
  • The scarecrow is on a plastic stake. I found it best to make a pilot hole with a metal stake before driving the plastic stake into the hole. This keeps the plastic intact.
  • Over time, the scarecrow can leak. Always check your unit for leaks. If it is leaking, often, tightening the hoses or a quick clean can stop it.
  • Use a good quality hose and check for leaks before hooking it up to the ScareCrow.
  • Windy conditions can result in a false activation. Your battery can run down quicker with constant false activations, so do check the battery often. You can do this easily by turning the water off and walking by the activation path. You should hear the clicking of the device if the battery is still operational. My battery lasts about 2 months.

How to Fix a Leaking ScareCrow

Notice the white film on the exterior of the casing due to mineral buildup from the hard water.
Notice the white film on the exterior of the casing due to mineral buildup from the hard water. | Source

After three months of continuous use, I noticed the ScareCrow was leaking at the sprinkler head. Since the water pressure is always on, this was not a good development.

I checked the user's manual, and it mentions to disassemble the unit and backwash the sensor head to remove any debris if the sprinkler head leaks.

Above is a photo of the unit disassembled and the sensor head unit. Because our water is exceptionally hard, mineral deposits had collected on the filter screen. Notice the white build-up on the outside of the unit? That's due to the hard water.

A quick wash with a hose cleaned it out. After reassembling the unit, the leak was gone. Yeah! It still works!

Buh-Bye Deer

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Deer still lounging around my yard.The ScareCrow in action.I think they finally got the hint.
Deer still lounging around my yard.
Deer still lounging around my yard. | Source
The ScareCrow in action.
The ScareCrow in action. | Source
I think they finally got the hint.
I think they finally got the hint. | Source

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        Tim Jones 2 weeks ago

        Shell case works! lol

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        Deer Cop 3 months ago

        Check out the Deer Cop deer deterrent system, the most effective deer deterrent on the market today!!

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        2 years ago

        I read through most of your article and would've liked to see prices for the methods you found successful. It was quite thorough otherwise and an easy read! I'm thinking of moving into a more deer infested area and I'm worried I won't be able to keep a beautiful garden!

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        Kathleen 3 years ago

        One problem I can think of though is how do I or others avoid being sprayed too when walking in the area being protected?

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        justramblin 3 years ago

        @ecogranny: Thanks for stopping by.

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        Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

        Yes, I did, and your question makes me chuckle, so thanks for the laugh. I don't currently have a garden, but several of my family and friends do and some of them have endless problems with deer. I know they've tried practically everything, but I'm not sure they've seen the motion-activated water gizmo, so I'm passing this along. Well done, btw. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and the photographs.

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        justramblin 3 years ago

        @ChocolateLily: ChocolateLily, the Scarecrow works well for bunnies, too. You can adjust the range for smaller animals. Good luck with your garden!

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        dnwaokocha 3 years ago

        Very informative and written in a down to earth way that is easy to follow.

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        ChocolateLily 3 years ago

        These tips are great! We've had at least one deer in our yard and a bunch of bunnies. They are all cute until they start eating our plants. We also have a ton of toads, but they don't cause trouble and are so cute!

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        Christine Dever 4 years ago

        Great lens! Really entertaining to read as well as encouraging. I have a rabbit, or perhaps a groundhog, that has helped itself to my broccoli and cabbage - and then came back for seconds when the cabbage finally started to re-grow! I tried cayenne pepper and that seemed to work a bit, but with all the rain we've had I've run out of cayenne pepper! I bought a scarecrow sprinkler when we lived in the country but never had a chance to try it out before we had to move back to the city (husband's health problems). I thought it would be overkill for my small garden, here, since we don't get deer, but after reading this, I think I will dig it out and set it up to see if I can get that rabbit, who seems to be getting more bold (and closer to the house) every night, to back off! Thanks for the tips and encouragement!

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @paulahite: Dear Paula, thank you for sharing this on the Green Thumb Facebook page. I really appreciate it. I couldn't respond to you until now because I had a bug with my comments link. Thanks!

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @DieselJoe: I hope it works for you. Remember to move the light from time to time to keep the deer guessing. Good Luck!

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        DieselJoe 4 years ago

        My neighborhood deer will stare down my backyard dog, and they frequent my front yard to munch on the azaleas. I noticed one of my neighbors had the blinking light Nightguard, so you inspired me to try that. Shoo deer!

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        williamslaw 4 years ago

        Wow, you are so lucky to have the deer on your backyard (minus the nuisance). I might even say that I am jealous of you. You handled them well.

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        GEMNITYA5 4 years ago

        How Original! Deer looks so innocent, I didn't know they are mischievous also.

        I did enjoyed the pictures watching these innocent as well mischievous animals.

        Blessings

        GEM

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        Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

        Great lens! Unfortunately you've had to become an expert at this, I see.

        I shared your lens to day on our Facebook page.

        www.facebook.com/GreenThumbOnSquidoo

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        Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        Fun and interesting lens. Loved your photos!

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        Mohan Babu 4 years ago from Chennai, India

        I envy you for having such adorable pests. But I know they could possibly destroy the greenery quickly. Very informative for someone who could be sailing in the samde boat as you do.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Oh no! Deer seem to be frightened of anything new, so smelly sprays will work for a while, but determined munchers will return once the smell is familiar. That's why you need to switch off frequently. I don't like to recommend mothballs due to their toxicity, but if you are extra careful they could help your situation. (Closed container with holes drilled such as margarine container or coffee can with lid so small animals/kids cannot reach). There are many lovely flowers deer dislike - helps keep the frustration level down.

        Hope you have some luck keeping them away.

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        Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

        Well I can really relate to this lens. It gave me a good laugh. Thanks for sharing.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Oh that's too bad! They are incorrigible! Sorry to hear about your lovely landscape. The NightGuard may work for these sneaky deer, but I'd also use DeerOff or a homemade rotten egg spray along with the laser light.

        I recommend hanging the light in a different spot every few days, too. You need to keep them guessing! Good luck. I know your yard must be beautiful.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @ElsieNew: thanks very much for this tip. My neighbor's huge dog visited my yard several time but that didn't seem to help my situation. Perhaps the coyote urine will do the trick. thanks.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Oh no! Isn't it crazy how they love those Knockout roses, thorns and all? I'm sorry to hear about this wide-spread destruction while you were awa, especially your lovely blueberries. They sure enjoyed a delicious meal in your backyard. Hope you can keep them at bay next time. Good luck.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Yes, I was able to defend my garden without the ScareCrow for one whole summer, but it just took more work. I found that alternating the pepper spray with Deer Off or a rotten egg-style spray worked well. If you don't alternate, it seems they grow accustom to the taste and smell and eventually start nibbling. If you keep them guessing they seem to stay away longer. Good luck with your tomato plants.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @MamaWise LM: Hi MamaWise - yes it works well for rabbits. There is a control to switch on the ScareCrow for small or large animals so those cute little bunnies will have to find another veggie patch to munch on. Good luck defending your garden.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @amosvee: Yes, they certainly are cute, but with huge appetites.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Help! In the past two weeks, my deer population has seen fit to redesign expensive landscaping along the front of the house. I mean, open the front door and there they sit as if we are disturbing their turn at the breakfast bar. What works best when backing up to undisturbed woodlands? Don't want to spray the neighbors so does the NightGuard work effectively?

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        ElsieNew 4 years ago

        Hi. My garden spot is in an area where the deer cross over almost daily. I got DEER OUT which is dried coyote urine and sprinkled it around the periphery of the garden and I have never had trouble with deer or raccoons eating any of my corn or other vegies. Can obtain on Internet. I love deer, BUT...

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        wuilyl lm 4 years ago

        great lens!

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        CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

        This is a really great lens. I'll be passing it along to my stepson who has deer problems. He used the spray deer repellent...much too late. The scarecrow sounds like the perfect remedy! Sorry it took a lot of trying on your part. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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        raspberries 4 years ago

        thanks for the tips!

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        StrongMay 4 years ago

        Wow.

        I don't have the deer problem in my area. You certainly made a fantastic lens I enjoyed reading anyway.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        @GardenerDon: A nice problem to have! I came home from the beach and the white tail deer in north central WV had eaten my blueberries (4 huge bushes inside a fenced cage!), ate my Hydrangea bush to a nub, ate every leaf on a newly planted Knockout Rose Bush ($40), not to mention the Cyclamen in the planter in the front yard. deer=7 human=0

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Thanks for the info! Question, was there a particular combination you used that faired better than others? I was thinking of using the habanero spray for my tomato plants as the deer have become quite infatuated with them and choose not to bother others. Wanted to really keep my vegetable garden organic. Because my square garden is against a wall, I think a scarecrow would protect the three sides, but is a little pricey. Perhaps because it works! :-)

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        MamaWise LM 4 years ago

        Awesome! I've tried nearly everything to stop the deer and rabbits from ruining my garden. I am so happy to learn about the Scarecrow sprinkler! Just wish I knew about this 4 weeks ago! Thanks for the great lens!

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        amosvee 4 years ago

        Great lens, wonderful pictures. Yes, your neighbor is bad, but I almost can't blame her. They are awfully cute. I like your gentle approach.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @jknake lm: I like using the homemade sprays too since the store bought ones are so expensive. They do seem to work. I've noticed it's best to use a variety to keep the deer guessing.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @Greathaul2013: Yes, they are such majestic animals and lovely to watch.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @Northerntrials: It's great to hear it works on your pesky cat visitors.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @suepogson: Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comments.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @hazeltos: Thanks very much.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @jlshernandez: That's great that they have left your garden alone. Hope they continue to stay away. Thanks for visiting.

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        justramblin 4 years ago

        @Cynthia Haltom: Wow, that does sound like a problem. I haven't had to use the Scarecrow for armadillos, but it does work for small animals such as cats and bunnies so should keep armadillos at bay as well. Good luck with your garden.

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        LeslieMirror 4 years ago

        Oh, how nice they are! =) An interesting way of solving the problem out! =)

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        MissRubyStars 4 years ago

        Great tips!

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        Gardener Don 4 years ago

        A great read, but not too many deer (actually none!) in our town. A nice problem to have I'd say!

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        jknake lm 4 years ago

        Yes, I did. And I think I did it twice because I forgot what your natural remedies were. I like the spray, that must be a real side show. Great lens. I'm learning how to make mine better.

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        readty7 4 years ago

        This is very useful and will help people . Your pictures are so nice. I love animals.

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        readty7 4 years ago

        This is very useful and will help people . Your pictures are so nice. I love animals.

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        Greathaul2013 5 years ago

        Awesome lens...love the pics. I'd personally sacrifice my garden for the chance to watch the deer all the time, but I might be a weirdo.

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        Northerntrials 5 years ago

        I like these sprinklers. Though I don't have deer I do have feral cats that decide to have yard fights. Its funny the how yowling changes pitch when the water hits them... Yes it works on cats as well as deer.

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        GameHelp 5 years ago

        They're so adorable but they cause so much trouble. Thanks for the lens.

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        LUMOSE 5 years ago

        Great lens.

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        suepogson 5 years ago

        Excellent lens and I can pinch some of your ideas for my own garden pests - especially the scarecrow sprinkler. . Shame the deer are so destructive though, as they are SO beautiful! Good point about not feeding wild animals - especially when there's plenty of forage available. thanks for all this information - and for a fun read.

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        Susan Hazelton 5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

        I thoroughly enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks for the terrific tips. Your pictures are amazing.

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        jlshernandez 5 years ago

        Enjoyed your lovely story and how you finally disciplined your deer visitors. We used to have deer visiting our driveway and munching on the shrubs. I have not seen any lately. But I will keep in mind the products you used. Thanks for sharing.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @anonymous: Oh Yes! It works perfectly for vegetable gardens. The motion detector does sense motion in a wide angle and can be adjusted to a narrow section as well. I would suggest you first place the scarecrow at a distance of about 15 to 20 feet away from your square garden and directed towards the garden to protect the entire area. If you don't like the way that works, you can place it facing out of your garden - toward the most used path of the deer. This will protect most likely 2 or 3 sides of your square garden, depending on how large your garden is. You might want to move it to the other side after a week just to keep the deer guessing. Hope this answer helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I am wondering if the scarecrow moves around? Or would it only detect movement on one side of a square garden? And should it work for a vegetable garden as well as a flower garden? Thanks!

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        Cynthia Haltom 5 years ago from Diamondhead

        The deer in my neighborhood are so tame they will just lay down in the middle of the street or on the lawn and take a snooze during the day. My problem with my plant is Armadillos, they nibble and pull plants from the roots. I can't imagine what would prevent them from entering my yard.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @LadyDuck: Oh NO! Wild Boars? That's not good. Hope you don't see them too often.

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        LadyDuck 5 years ago

        Nice story and great tips, no deers in our region, but wild boars, they are even worse for the garden.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @Klaartje Loose: No you don't have to worry about that, do you? I'll be over for one of those lattes.

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        Klaartje Loose 5 years ago

        Great story and tips.

        I don't have to fear deer on my tiny balcony ;-)

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        Laura Hofman 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

        I've had much luck with the Liquid Fence products, especially for bunnies. Like the scarecrow sprinkler idea!

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        Rosanna Grace 5 years ago

        Wonderful article and well deserved LOTD & purple star too. Beautiful pictures. I empathise with the long search for a deterrant. My whole family has helped my mother with similar issues regarding her rude possum family that resides in and destroys her small orchard. :( Such a relief, to find a remedy that works!

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        hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

        Wonderful. Your pictures of the deer are amazing! I grew up around lots and lots of deer. Deer who were completely undeterred by our seven dogs, bucks dropping the occasional antler on the lawn like a gauntlet. So cute as babies, so regal as adults, and such voracious garden predators. Somehow, the whole time, I never learned that a herd of deer is also called a mob. I love that. It's so very appropriate.

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        Gardenerman 5 years ago

        Although I've never had a deer problem I really appreciated reading your lens. You did a lot of research and in the end were successful in having your deer guests leave! Good job.

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        Close2Art LM 5 years ago

        chili powder should certainly work, great tips

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        GardenIdeasHub LM 5 years ago

        Thanks for your gardening advice and tips. I think it will really help me.

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        Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

        Thanks, I needed this. Last year I had a problem, and before I could remedy it, my tomato plants were decimated. I eventually used some Irish Spring and it helped, but I will be using some of your methods this year, since I have expanded my garden.

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        Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

        Very cute deer, but I can imagine your frustration. I, too, used to have a nice garden. Now I have many colourful birds, but they seem to be skinning their sunflower seed hearts (they won't eat them with the shells on, and I thought sunflower seed hearts with no shells would be clean and tidy - how wrong can you get! ) and spitting out the skins on the floor! It looks horrid, but I just love to feed the birds! I can imagine how frustrating a whole herd of deer must have left you feeling. Useful lens, and a good read to boot. A winner for me!

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @Sunnyd123: Hi Paula. They're cute, that's for sure, but they are a nuisance when they get used to humans feeding them. thanks for coming by.

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        Sunnyd123 5 years ago

        Wow I really loved this lens, I did not realize Bambi could be such a pain hahaha,We don't see this in the UK so thank you for sharing,They are so cute but i can understand how they could out stay their welcome.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @OldCowboy: Yes, having a nice big dog would certainly help my situation. Appreciate your visit, ol Cowboy.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @KathyFirak: Thanks for coming over for a visit Kathy. Count yourself lucky for no deer drama.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @JLovasz: ah, an electric fence. Sounds good. Thanks for stopping by Jim.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @maryseena: You are so right. I wish people would know they aren't helping wildlife. thanks for your comments.

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        maryseena 5 years ago

        I would like to underline your caution- NEVER EVER FEED WILDLIFE. If you want to attract certain kinds of wildlife to your garden, for example, birds and butterflies, have plants which are attractive to them and let then feed themselves. Providing store bought feeds to wildlife tampers with the delicate ecological balance in nature. By the way, I love wildlife in my garden and one of my lenses (I have only two!) is dedicated to them. Attract them or repulse them, but naturally. Thumbs up to your lens!

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        beachmusic 5 years ago

        Fortunately we don't have the deer problem here at the beach, then again.... not having a garden may why we don't have this problem. I know people that do and I think they have tried some of these solutions you have shown.

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        Resident-Nerd 5 years ago

        Very nice lens. I do not currently have a need for this myself but if i ever do i know where to start. Thank you

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        Wedding Mom 5 years ago

        Very helpful lens! Thanks for sharing how to make sure our gardens stay beautiful!

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        hamshi5433 5 years ago

        Fully enjoyed reading this! lool it's hilarious and cute!!

        loving all the deer pictures you've posted here.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Really informative lens. Even thought the deer can ruin your garden, they are very pretty intruders!

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        debra-cornelius 5 years ago

        Great lens, loved the pictures and the tips! I Pinned it so I can refer back to it if needed!!!!

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        smoothielover lm 5 years ago

        I know they mess up you garden - but they are sooo lovely - but nice to know there are some friendlier ways to send them packing when you get unwanted gatecrashers!

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        Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

        While I sympathise with your problem, you made me laugh particularly with the reminder to make sure the spray nozzle is pointing in the right direction.

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        rooshoo 5 years ago

        This lens is cute, funny, and helpful. I love to garden, but have never had problems with deer.

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        Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

        Wow really great lens! We used to have so many deer on our property, it was hard to keep a garden going.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Great lens. Before condo living we lived in the country on about an acre. I had the same problem with the deer. I like the idea of the motion detector spray.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I must say, nice way of presenting a lens. Great work !

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        OldCowboy 5 years ago

        That is some kind of story. Loved how you told a story of the deer family. So the first thing that comes to mind, you must not have outdoor dogs? We have 3 dogs that roam and we allow them access to our garden. I must say they do a pretty good job at keep the deer, rabbits and other critters away from the garden treats. When I was a young cowboy, my grand dad would use the habenero peppers and do like you say, but I only remember the oil for it to stay where he sprayed it. Thanks for the fun story and for the great way to keep the deer mobs away from the salad greens.

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        KathyFirak 5 years ago

        Great information. I don't have deer problems, just mostly rabbits.

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        JLovasz 5 years ago

        Interesting solution. I have been successful thus far with homemade spray and a few posts with bait and electrodes wired to a battery powered capacitor. I may have got an unsuspecting deer with one as it was knocked down. I read an account of a user that caught a deer getting shocked by one on camera and saw it do a back flip!

        Everyone else in the backwoods on the river where I live have 10 ft fences around their vegetable gardens. Which has prompted passers-by to ask what keeps the doe eyed buggers out of my garden. Thanks, if my system ever fails the water sounds like a good option.

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @SlfMstr: Thanks so much. Your opinion means a lot so I"m glad you approve.

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        SlfMstr 5 years ago

        WOW, Lisa. This lens ROCKS! This is the best, most helpful, with the best pictures, Deer Lens ever! You have helped a lot of people.

        Here I thought Bambi was so innocent and cute, but this Lens changed my mind:) Super job, "Leese!"

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        justramblin 5 years ago

        @FunMoneyBusiness: I can only imagine the damage those big feet will cause. Would love to see a photo of that!

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        Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

        Fascinating story! Glad you found a solution! My sister-in-law lives on acreage, hours and hours from the nearest town, in Australia. She has a family of 5 kangaroos, mum, dad, two 2 year olds and 1 year old that are currently munching their way through her property each dawn and dust. Super cute! (She has no garden to damage.)

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        EMangl 5 years ago

        wish i had a garden with such cute guests :-)

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