Over the past two weeks on our blog, we’ve given you a few pro tips for garden pest control — first for bugs and insects, and then for critters like mice and rabbits. This week we’re back on an even bigger scale, with garden pest control tips for big intruders like deer. Without further ado, let’s jump into some more pro tips from your favorite landscapers. (That’s us, in case there’s any confusion.)
Garden Pest Control: Deer
Fun fact: the average deer eats a whopping five pounds of greenery every day. They’re also creatures of habit and often visit the same areas repeatedly to eat. Don’t let your garden be their favorite snack shop — check out some of these cool non-toxic deer deterrent methods.
- No Yolking Around: Mix one whole egg with ¼ cup of water (or more at the same ratio). Mix well and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray your plants thoroughly to enjoy a deerless garden. This mixture will stick through light rain because the eggs make it stick, but may need to be reapplied after heavy storms.
- Hot Topic: Mix a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent with an ounce of hot sauce and a liter of water. Again, spray directly on plants to keep deer away. This one is less viscous and will likely need reapplication after rain.
- Cleaning Up: Deer apparently aren’t huge fans of fragrant soap, so if you hang a bar of strong-smelling soap from a nearby tree or from a bush in your garden, deer will steer clear of your property. Bonus: the summer rain and humidity keep the soap fragrant consistently.
- Commercially Speaking: There are also plenty of non-toxic store-bought deer repellents available on the market, like this one here.
Other Big Pests
While they may not have an interest in your plants per se, dogs, cats, and even rogue children can be pretty harmful to your garden. In this case, with creatures who aren’t out for your plants but can still be destructive, a garden fence is a great idea for garden pest control. Prevent dogs from digging and toddlers from trampling with a simple perimeter fence. Even better, you can incorporate the fence into your garden design with climbing vines and flowers.
Garden Pest Control Tips From Evergreen Gene’s
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