Tips For Keeping Deer Off Your Property

Baby deer still with white spots, enjoying some green grass

Here in Connecticut, there’s no shortage of deer! While they typically mind their business and are away in the woods, if they find your plants and shrubs tasty and enticing, they’ll be coming back time and time again! It’s certainly reasonable for you to want to do what you can so they spend their time elsewhere. Luckily, you have plenty of options to safely keep these pesky deer off your property and away from your home. 

Fence Your Property

The most effective method of keeping deer off your landscape is to utilize fencing. Though this may be laborious and more expensive, installing proper fencing at least 8 feet high around the perimeter will help keep deer out. You can opt to put in temporary fencing just for the winter season, but be sure you have an area to store it throughout the warmer months.

Cover Your Plants

Deer most often come on your property because they’re looking for something tasty to eat, so try to make their food source unattainable. Do this by covering your shrubs and plants with burlap, deer netting, or secured tarp so no deer can get to it. Deer will mainly target any new trees or plants, making it important to prioritize covering those.

Utilize Repellents

You can purchase various deer repellents to keep deer from returning to your property while looking for a meal. Spray your repellent across your trees, plants, and shrubs from the ground up to 6 feet high for a season-long barrier to keep deer away. You may need to reapply the repellent after lots of rainfall and change the type of repellent to prevent deer adaptation.

Plant Natural Deer Repellent Plants

You may also want to consider planting various plants and shrubs that act as natural deterrents for deer. Swap out tulips or lilies for daffodils in your garden, as daffodils as they are unpalatable to deer. You may also want to consider planting thorny roses and other prickly plants that deer won’t want to go near, such as fuzzy lamb’s ear, cleome, or barberries.

Create Levels

Deer are not good climbers, so adding levels to your property is an effective way of keeping them out. You can do this by adding sunken beds, terraces, or stacking pallets around your home’s perimeter. As well, any important potted plants or greenery you wouldn’t want them getting, you can move to your porch as they will likely not climb your stairs. 


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