Tips from Olle Garden Bed: Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

How do you know when deer will visit your garden? This seems to be a simple question.But it is important to know whether deer or other animals have visited your garden. Believe it or not, most of the time it is an animal other than deer. The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

You know that deer are always in your yard or garden when:

  1. Footprints are in your yard or garden.
  2. Deer dung on your property
  3. Your plant is seriously trampled
  4. Teared leaves around your plant
  5. The bark is missing

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If you notice one or more of these items, the deer will most likely have visited your garden and yard.

Why do deer come to your garden?

Deers come to your yard and garden to do two things; Accommodation and food.

If you have dense grass or densely populated plants, deer are more likely to visit and stay in your yard. If you have deer ear food, you have even higher chances.

20 ways to stop deer from entering the garden (from the cheapest to the most expensive)

  1. Eliminate plant deer eating

The cheapest and easiest way to prevent deer from entering the garden is to eliminate their favorite plants.

Deers are most attracted to the following plants/foods:

Lettuce, peas, sweet corn, tomatoes, pumpkins, green beans, carrots and broccoli.

Pecan and hickory

English Ivy, Horstas and Hemerocallis fulva

Apple, blueberry and blackberry

These types of plants are rich in nutrients and protein. This is what deer look for when they have young deer. They searched desperately for these foods while preparing for winter.

The more plants/food in your yard, the more likely the deer will come to live.

If you still want to use these plants, make sure you harvest them immediately after they mature

  1. Place plants close to home

If you are like me, you are stubborn. You won't stop growing what you like because of deer.

If this is the case, the best choice is to make the plants closer to your home.

Deers are very reluctant to approach humans. If you put your plants next to your house, they are likely to be prevented from approaching it for food.

  1. Maintain your yard

To prevent deer from entering your yard, all you need to do is maintain it.

This means you can mow in time, reduce high-density areas, and keep brushes to a minimum. This will prevent deer from finding shelter and habitat in your yard.

  1. Let your dog play in your yard

Letting your dog play in your yard can help stop deer in many ways.

Dogs mark their territory, which will help prevent deer. Dogs bark and scare deer away. They can also potentially drive away deer and help them stay away for several days at a time.

Dogs will not only keep deer away, but also keep those pesky squirrels away.

  1. pee in the garden

I tell the truth. You might think this technique is crazy. But it works. It's free. And it's very easy.

Deers have a keen sense of smell. One kind of unpleasant smelling object is urination. Therefore, if you urinate near the garden, science proves that deer will prevent you from approaching it.

  1. Sprinkle Irish spring soap in your garden

Irish spring soap is great! It smells good and keeps me clean. So don't ask me why deer don't like it. If you want to help prevent deer from entering your garden, cut the soap into about 12 pieces and spread it in the garden. This smell will help keep deer away from your garden. Repeat this process several times throughout the summer.

  1. String fishing lines around the garden

To be honest, this is my favorite tip.

For me, it has passed three generations and achieved 100% success.

The key to success is that you should have a fence post around your garden. Fence posts shall be at least 4 feet high. An eight foot fence post would be ideal.

Once your garden is enclosed, you will want to put fishing lines around it. Depending on the height of the fence posts, you need to circle 3-5 circles around the garden.

In doing so, it naturally confuses deer and their depth perception. Since the deer did not know whether it could get in and out of the garden, it would look for easier places to find food.

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  1. Applied plant network

Sometimes, it is not feasible to put plants near the house, sprinkle soap in the garden or use fishing lines.

If this is the case, then my suggestion is to use deer nets around your plants. This will not stop the deer. It will stop them.

Deers don't usually try to eat your plants with nets. They are afraid that they will be involved. If they try their mouth and teeth, they will only get the net, and they will soon find easier food.

Just open the net and place it on the plant. Make sure that the ends are secured to the ground with stones, bricks and stakes. It's so simple!

  1. Protect trees with deer wrapping

Do you know that in autumn, your trees are as likely to be destroyed by deer as your garden plants?

In autumn, stags like rubbing antlers on trees. When you notice it, your young tree is dead. This is not only frustrating, but may cost you hundreds of dollars for trees.

The reason why I like this product is that it is cheap, effective and easy to use. It should only take three minutes from you take it out of the package to wrap it around your tree.

  1. Use wind chimes around the garden

As we have already said, deer do not like sudden noise and sports. In fact, if it happens to them when they are trying to feed, they are likely to leave your yard for a few days or weeks.

So, how to generate sudden movement and cheap and simple methods?

Of course, we use wind chimes! If you have trees that want to protect deer, hang wind bells from them. If you have plants or gardens that are not near trees, place a pole next to them. Then put your wind chime on it.

  1. Use certified deer spray

So far, you should have 10 effective ways to prevent deer from entering the yard. The best part is that it should cost you far less than $50.

If you need other methods to prevent deer from entering the garden, I strongly recommend that you use the proven deer spray on plants and near the garden.

Research shows that by using a proven deer spray, you have a 50-75% chance of keeping deer away from your garden and plants.

The most effective application of this deer is from early spring to late autumn. Then, you need to reapply every 90 days. Make sure to apply at least 24 hours before rain or watering.

  1. Use texture based plants

You often hear that hungry deer will eat anything. Well, that's not entirely true.

Even if the deer were hungry, it would not eat poisonous plants. It is also highly unlikely to eat plants with texture.

Here are beautiful plants. You can have them without worrying about the deer being destroyed:

Russian olive
Nerium oleander
Earth thistle
bleeding heart
opium poppy


  1. Disgusted by the use of odorous plants

This is another good technique to make gardening more enjoyable.

Although it is not as effective as textural based plants, I recommend using plants with deer unpleasant smells.

But please note that if deer really starve to death, they may eat these plants. This is likely to happen in early spring or late autumn.

Remember, if you harvest these plants immediately, you should have no problem.

Bee cream


  1. Add deer deterrent decor

Deers are like birds. They are very clever. They are not easy to frighten people. They will soon adapt to their settings.

If you want to change things and scare away deer, I suggest adding some decorations to your yard.

Specifically, I will purchase one or more of the following items.


silk ribbon


It is well known that shiny, moving and human like objects can prevent deer from getting too close to your garden.

Just hang the balloon on a fence or pole.

Repeat the process with a shiny ribbon.

And put some scarecrows in your garden.

After that, you can rest assured that the deer will be stopped at least temporarily.

Please note that anything rotating, whistling or swinging is a bonus item.

  1. Add level

Add level? What'd you mean by that?

Adding floors simply means changing the landscape in the yard from fully horizontal to have steps or "horizontal.".

This is one of the most effective ways to prevent deer from entering the yard. This is because it is not good for deer to climb up or down.

Most importantly, you can do this very creatively.

You can do it near the raised garden beds. Or near your home. You can use concrete slabs. You can use stacked wood. Or you can use bricks. You can even place rocks about 3 feet wide around the garden.

  1. Add hedges around your property line

Deers are curious creatures. But they are also cautious creatures.

Deers usually do not enter areas where they cannot see the other side.

Therefore, I recommend adding hedges around your property line.

Or at least add hedges around your garden area to prevent deer from venturing into it.

  1. Set up a deer driving station in your yard

This is one of the more expensive techniques for keeping deer away from yards and gardens. But it is also one of the most effective methods.

Deer driving station is the latest and greatest technology to prevent deer and wild animals from entering the garden.

The electronic deer repellent sends harmless static shocks to deer that encounter them. It creates a psychological barrier that should cover your entire garden.

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  1. Installation of fence

Don't panic when you hear the pointed fence in the garden. This is not as difficult or expensive as you think.

One of the most effective ways to protect a garden is to enclose it. You can do the same with the plants around the house. In general, I recommend using a fence anywhere between 4 and 8 feet. Eight feet is the best choice to deter deer.

  1. Install the motion sensor sprinkler

Sometimes no matter what you try, you can't stop the deer.

Fortunately, Father Gardener found a reliable solution.

  1. Installation of electric fence

If everything fails, I recommend the most expensive but effective way to stop deer.

If you have persistent problems with deer, I will install an electric fence around your garden.

The working mode of electric fence is similar to that of deer driving station, but it is more effective. They send harmless electric shocks through deer. After a charge, the deer will stay away even if they starve to death.

Although it is difficult to keep deer away from your garden, it is not impossible.

Keep in mind that it is important to ensure that you make every effort not to promote deer habitats and safe havens in the yard.

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