Three Tips For Reducing Deer Damage In Your Yard

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Deer can ruin your well-landscaped yard. They eat the leaves of trees and shrubs, rub their antlers on your tree bark, and leave unsightly droppings on your lawn. To keep your backyard looking its best, you'll need to find a way to reduce deer damage. Here are three tips for reducing deer damage in your yard.

Build a deer-proof fence

A fence will keep deer out of your yard, but only if you install the right type of fence. White-tailed deer can jump at least eight feet in the air, so if your fence is shorter than this, deer can leap right over it to get to your delicious flowers and shrubs.

If you already have a standard-height wood fence around your backyard, you don't need to tear it down and replace it. Simply install additions on each fence post and then string wires between the additions; this extra height will keep deer from jumping over the fence.

If your municipality doesn't permit fences tall enough to keep out deer, a shorter fence can also be effective. Shorter fences need to block the deer's field of vision so that they can't see the plants in your yard. For example, a tight wooden fence would be ideal, while a chain link fence would not be.

Landscape with deer-resistant plants

Deer are picky eaters, and there are some types of plants that they're not eager to eat. They love evergreen trees, including firs, and they also enjoy eating daylilies, English ivy and hostas. Avoid incorporating these plants into your landscaping.

Deer don't like to eat prickly plants, so lamb's ear and other similar plants are a good choice for your yard. Common flowers like poppies and daffodils are poisonous to deer, so if you fill your flowerbeds with these species, you won't need to worry about deer damage.

Decorate your yard with predator decoys

Deer are prey animals, and if they think a scary predator is lurking in your backyard, they won't want to eat your plants. Deer are preyed on by wolves, coyotes and mountain lions, so a decoy that looks like any of these animals can be used. An alligator decay may also be appropriate, depending on what part of the country you live in.

Place a realistic-looking predator decoy near your prized plants. Try to incorporate the decoy into your landscaping—using shrubs or flowers—so that it looks attractive to human visitors while still looking scary to deer.

Deer can ruin your well-landscaped backyard, so take steps to keep them away and minimize their damage. If you need help, contact a land developer like those at Morris-Depew Associates Inc.

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