Best Deer Deterrent Plants?

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Best Deer Deterrent Plants?
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Fri, 04-18-2014 - 9:39am

Hi all - due to the weather being wacky here in the NE, the deer are coming out further from the woods and now eating my bushes out front. :( What would be the best plants/bushes to have around to keep them away?

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Fri, 04-18-2014 - 11:30am

Basically, if the deer are hungry enough, there's practically nothing they WON'T eat! There are plants that they prefer but so-called deer-repellant plants areonly effective of the deer are finding plenty of their favorite foods to eat.

Here's a good link: http://www.bhg.com/advice/gardening/animal-pests/are-there-any-plants-deer-wont-eat/

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Fri, 04-18-2014 - 3:06pm

HAHA, move down south and plant kudzu!  It will completely consume your house and yard, but deer avoid it like the plague!  Not that they don't love nibbling the edges, but they won't step into it because it is a vine.  Grazing animals won't take the risk of a broken leg.  

But really, you don't want kudzu! 

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Wed, 04-23-2014 - 3:36pm

Thank you, Carol! Great link!

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Wed, 04-23-2014 - 3:38pm

k_roni wrote:

HAHA, move down south and plant kudzu! It will completely consume your house and yard, but deer avoid it like the plague! Not that they don't love nibbling the edges, but they won't step into it because it is a vine. Grazing animals won't take the risk of a broken leg.

But really, you don't want kudzu!

That is really funny because I remember looking up kudzu for some reason. A tv show or something? I can't recall now. Thanks, I wish I could plant it and keep the animals away! ;)

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Tue, 05-06-2014 - 11:58pm

I just replanted flower beds with sage, nandina, cactus, rosemary, yucca. All deer repellants. I am in a hot state and surrounded by herds of deer. The only flowers I can have are on my back porch. Not much rain either.

Good luck.

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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 1:33pm

THanks, everyone!!