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Deer Repellent

deer family in our yard 10/11
photo by SVSeekins

I still delight seeing deer in our yard.  It feels like we’re a little more in tune with nature than we really are.

deer pruned the bottom 1/2 of shrub
photo by SVSeekins

For the most part, we get along quite well.

Deer offer free pruning services, and I’m OK with the goofy shapes some of the evergreens end up with.

It’s also lovely when they pitch in to mow the lawn every once in a while.

just outside the kitchen window....
photo by SVSeekins

They’re even helpful with supplying fertilizer.  Every little bit counts.  After all,  it’s not cheap to ship in a load of manure each spring.

day lily buds - now you see them...
photo by SVSeekins

It’s nice to know that someone else enjoys the garden as much as I do.  I’m sure we’re both equally excited to see the promise of some pretty summer flowers.

... and now you don't
photo by SVSeekins

Since the deer seem to spend more time in the garden than I do, it shouldn’t surprise me that they get to enjoy the flowers before I do.  We just have different definitions of ‘enjoyment.’

Even so, I feel a bit ripped off that they eat the buds just moments before the flower opens.

Just 2 doors down the street, the deer also ‘enjoy’ C & A’s garden.  But the other day, I noticed their delicious patch of Crocosmia has blooms that haven’t been eaten!  WOW !!

Crocosmia at C & A's
photo by SVSeekins

That’s why, after years of thinking I’d never do it, I decided to experiment with deer repellent.

C & A tell me they used a spray called Plantskydd.

Asking around, a few other gardening friends recommended Bobbex.

home made deer repellent
photo by SVSeekins

I decided to go with the homemade recipe HM suggested.  Easy-peasy:

  • 1 litre warm water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Thinking that I’d leave the far end of the garden as a buffet for the deer, and the closer part of the garden for my visual enjoyment, I sprayed foliage nearest the entrances of the house that I use the most.

What I’ve learned so far:

  • Deer might not like the smell of the repellent – but neither do I !!
  • Even in dead calm, some spray drifted onto me. I showered & threw my shoes & clothes into the laundry.
  • Dollar Store spray bottles aren’t worth diddly – mine broke before I finished.
  • The next day, it still smelled funny around our front door.  It wasn’t overpowering, but it was unpleasant. (C said he thought someone had peed on the stairs.)
day lily
photo by SVSeekins

The good news is that the daylilies are blooming   🙂

I probably won’t spray around high traffic areas again.

C’s suggestion is to apply only where the deer enter the garden.  I’m wondering if that’ll be enough to deter them from coming in.


P.S. The deer saga continues:

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